Kiriakos Virvidakis
, Mayor of Chania, was shortlisted for the 2010 World Mayor Prize

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Comments in support of
Kiriakos Virvidakis
Mayor of Chania (Greece)

The finalists for the 2010 World Mayor Prize were chosen on the number of nominations received and, more importantly, on the persuasiveness and conviction of supporting statements. Below we publish a representative selection of comments received about Kiriakos Virvidakis, Mayor of Chania, Greece.

Comment: I believe Kiriakos Virvidakis deserves to be the winner because he is honest, hard working and he cares about his city. (By Kiki P)

Comment: I had the opportunity to work with Mr. Virvidakis for a series of months in row, as I acted as the coordinator and contact person of the pan-European educational conference "European Network of eTwinning Ambassadors" 1-3 October 2009, in Chania,
The cooperation was a wonderful experience, and we had a great conference.I was amazed by Mr. Virvidakis encouragement, the provision of high-end conference infrastructure for the needs of the conference and the warmth of the Chania municipality staff. I really have to express my gratitude for Mr. Virvidakis and all the staff of the municipality of Chania for all their efforts and major help. The conference participants were trully fascinated by Chania, some expressed that "Chania is of the most wonderful cities of Greece :-)".
My personal experiences as a frequent visitor of Chania for many years now denote a city very human, clean, vibrant and of remarkable beauty, one that makes you want to live in. The Mayor pays special attention to Chania's cultural character - fascinating cultural city festivities, art exhibitions, music concerts and theatrical shows are a trivial phenomenon in Chania.
Many changes in the city's "look" have happened the past years: now there are cleaner streets, biological sea cleaning, renovation of the city's landmarks, new parking areas etc.
Mr. Virvidakis is a very popular Mayor, smth that designates his true care for Chania, his hard work and abilities. He is a very competent Mayor with a very gentle and discreet personality, a hard worker that loves his city and shows it in the best possible way! (By Georgia K)

Comment: He has excibited personal interest in improving quality of life in his city. there has been special care for a clean city of Chania, and greatly improving the green environment within the city area. (By Melas G)

Comment: Live in Chania every summer----and have seen many wonderful changes since Kyriakos became mayor! (By H M)

Comment: He is an excellent human being, try to do the best not only for his city, but for the entire world. (By William P)

Comment: Kyriakos Virvidakis is the type of ethical, honest, intelligent person, who makes all Greeks proud. (By C P)

Comment: I am voting for Mr. Virvidakis because of his significant contribution towards the good health of the citizens of Chania. Namely, he is denying promoting the use of bicycle in the city of Chania, because, as he declared, bicycling is to be blamed for osteoporosis. After all he is an MD! He knows best. (By Ishkandar B)

Comment: It may sound like a joke, but he's an honest and hard working politician. (By Margarita B)

Comment: Kiriakos Virvidakis works very hard to make Chania a beautiful and modern city (By Sev)

Comment: A dynamic leader. Honest & hard working individual whose top priority is not only to improve our town's infrastructure but to offer a livable city to its citizens and visitors. (By Stavros)

Comment: Great Mayor who cares for his City and it's inhabitants! (By Orsa)

Comment: Very good mayor trying to solve all the problems of his responsibility. (By Marfy L)

Comment: I was born and live in Chania so I know. He is the best Mayor we ever had. (By Xanthippi A)

Comment: It is good to know that a responsible virtuous person is in charge. (By Kate)

Comment: The best mayor in Greece! (By Mano)

World Mayor

The City Mayors Foundation, the international think tank on urban affairs, organises the World Mayor Project and awards the World Mayor Prize. The Prize, which has been given since 2004, honours mayors with the vision, passion and skills to make their cities incredible places to live in, work in and visit. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally. Mayors wishing to be considered for the Prize are asked to sign up to the City Mayors Code of Ethics.

The organisers of the World Mayor Project are looking for city leaders who excel in qualities like: leadership and vision, management abilities and integrity, social and economic awareness, ability to provide security and to protect the environment as well as the will and ability to foster good relations between communities from different cultural, racial and social backgrounds. Winners receive the World Mayor Prize, while the first and second runners-up receive the World Mayor Commendation.

Winners and runners-up
2004 to 2010:

In 2004: Winner: Edi Rama (Tirana); Runner-up: Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Mexico City}; In third place - Walter Veltroni (Rome)
In 2005: Winner – Dora Bakoyannis (Athens); Runner-up - Hazel McCallion (Mississauga); In third place - Alvaro Arzú (Guatemala City)
In 2006: Winner – John So (Melbourne); Runner up – Job Cohen (Amsterdam); In third place - Stephen Reed (Harrisburg)
In 2008: Winner – Helen Zille (Cape Town); Runner up - Elmar Ledergerber (Zurich); In third place - Leopoldo López (Chacao)
In 2010: Winner - Marcelo Ebrard (Mexico City); First runner-up - Mick Cornett (Oklahoma City); Second runner-up - Domenico Lucano (Riace)