Visit of Johannes Hahn to Heraklion: 11/12/2013
On 11 December2013, Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, went to Heraklion in Crete where he met with Stavros Arnaoutakis, Regional Governor of Crete, as well as the representatives of local authorities and entrepreneurs. They discussed how Crete can best take advantage of the new cohesion policy for 2014-2020 by specializing in sectors with growth potential. Johannes Hahn also visited some EU-funded projects, including the "Ambient Intelligence" building.
The project involves the construction of the building that will house research labs of Ambient Intelligence Foundation Institute of Computer Research and Technology (FORTH), one of the largest research centres in Greece with well-organized facilities, highly qualified personnel and a reputation as a top-level research foundation worldwide.
Johannes Hahn also visited the "Emmanouil Kouvidis" project, a tube and cable manufacturer, as well as the Heraklion Archeological Museum that was under renovation.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the meeting place in Crete
||Handshake between Stavros Arnaoutakis, Regional Governor of Crete, and Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy
||Round table with Stavros Arnaoutakis and Johannes Hahn
||Johannes Hahn at the press conference
||Soundbite by Johannes Hahn (in ENGLISH): I am here because I believe the key to Greece's recovery lies in its regions. So we have to support, to stimulate, to promote the regions in particular by using the European Structural Funds. That is why we are here, to discuss the next financial perspective.
||Cutaways of journalists (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Johannes Hahn (in ENGLISH): I welcomed the announcement of the Minister in charge, Kostis Hatzidakis, who is from Crete as I have learnt, that in the next financial perspective the share of the overall allocation of the Structural Funds being managed and decided by the regions should be 35 percent, currently it is only 22 percent.
||Exterior views of the Foundation for Research and Technology (2 shots)
||Arrival of Johannes Hahn
||Johannes Hahn visiting the Foundation (9 shots)
||Exterior view of a tube and cable manufacturer
||Johannes Hahn visiting the "Emmanouil Kouvidis" project, a tube and cable manufacturer
||Arrival of Johannes Hahn at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
||Johannes Hahn visiting the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion (5 shots)