Visit of Kostas Hatzidakis, Greek Minister for Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, to Johannes Hahn: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 23/01/2013 First transmission: 23/01/2013
On 23 January 2013, Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, received the visit of Kostas Hatzidakis, Greek Minister for Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, at the European Commission in Brussels.
Following their meeting, they held a press briefing on the absorption of EU structural funds and investments in Greece.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, and Kostas Hatzidakis, Greek Minister for Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, before the beginning of the press briefing at the European Commission in Brussels (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Johannes Hahn (in ENGLISH) saying that today's meeting assessed the progress of Greece on a wide scope of activities. He was also deeply impressed that Greece was able to submit payment claims for structural funds up to 3.2 billions Euros which cover 87% of the target agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This is certainly a huge success. The European Commission really appreciates these efforts and will now assess these payment claims. The European Commission is confident and has already paid some of these amounts and will certainly pay the other parts.
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||Soundbite by Johannes Hahn (in ENGLISH) saying that around 180 projects were already agreed one and a half year ago which are of important interest for Greece. Progress has been made on some projects, others have been completed. But on the other hand, some other projects still need further negotiations. Or, if necessary, decision should be taken to stop some of them. In two months, there will be a final assessment of the state of implementation of these priority projects.
||Soundbite by Kostas Hatzidakis (in ENGLISH): Greece is having a war on different fronts, including the absorption of structural funds and the reset of different public works including the four motorways. We discussed these issues with the Commissioner and we agreed that there is tangible progress. But, of course, this is a marathon which is going on and we have to continue our efforts knowing that the substance of the whole exercise is to deliver.
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||Soundbite by Kostas Hatzidakis (in ENGLISH): As regards the structural funds absorption rates, we are above the European average, which is extremely important. As regards the second semester, after the elections, we even exceeded it, the MoU target and we will continue our efforts during the new year.
||Departure of the speakers