EU Funds: Green light to the new Italy-Greece programme

123 mln for seven years, aims to economic competitiveness

15 December, 16:08

    (ANSA) - BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 15 - Green light of the European Commission to a new interreg programme between Greece and Italy worth over 123 million euros in the coming seven years, with nearly 105 million euros coming from the European Regional and Development Fund.

    The regions and provinces involved in Italy are Taranto, Brindisi, Lecce, Foggia, Bari, Barletta-Andria-Trani. The territories involved in Greece are Arta, Thesprotia, Ioannina, Preveza, Zakynthos, Kerkyra, Kefalinia, Lefkada, Aitoloakarnania, Achaia and Ilia. "By focusing on a few priorities able to show results, this programme will contribute to creating growth and quality jobs in the Greek-Italian border region" the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu, said.

    The new programme aims to increase the economic competitiveness in the Greece-Italy border area by supporting entrepreneurship, innovation and the clustering of economic activities. The programme will promote interaction among SMEs while stimulating innovative processes in industries exploiting common local resources. Furthermore, the programme will improve the joint management of the impact of human activities on natural resources in urban, lowland and coastal Ionian and Adriatic areas. This will enhance the protection of maritime and land biodiversity. (ANSAmed).

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