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Commission approves funding for Pompeii to restore important European heritage site

29/03/2012

Today, the European Commission has approved funding from the European Regional Development Fund for a major project to restore the area of the UNESCO site of Pompeii, in Campania, Italy. The project 'preservation, maintenance and improvement of the archaeological site of Pompeii' will lead to the investment of 105 million euro of EU and national contributions combined. The objective is to preserve the site as a long term tourism attraction for the region.

Commenting on the approval, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn stated: "We have given the green light for this major restoration, not only in the interest of Italy, but for the whole European historical heritage. I am confident that this will have a positive impact on the tourism sector and economy in the area, and by extension on the lives of all citizens in the region."

At the end of October 2011, torrential rainfall caused serious damage to the world famous archaeological site, while violent storms had already caused its partial collapse in 2010. The approved major project comes after an application from the Italian authorities and an action plan agreed with the Commission, assessing the scope of works needed to rehabilitate the site. Pompeii as one of the major European cultural and historical heritage sites attracts tourists from all over the world and is an important economical factor for the entire Campania region.

More information available in the press release.