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Commissioner Hahn in Greece: tackling waste and protecting environment is key for prosperity

(05 November 2013)

Commissioner Hahn in Greece: tackling waste and protecting environment is key for prosperity

The vital role that EU Regional Funds can play in the recovery of Greece and its regions is the focus of this week's visit of Regional Policy Commissioner Hahn to Corfu and Epirus. Speaking to a public conference at the Ionian university in Corfu, Commissioner Hahn focused on the importance of environmental projects for Corfu's economy which is 80% reliant on tourism.

He said "Illegal landfills are still a problem in Greece. EU regional Funds can help but in the next financial period the costs of rehabilitation will have to be met with national Funds. Ecological waste-management is an opportunity and important issue, not only for the Ionian Islands, but for Greece as a whole. It is an investment which is worth its money as people take increasingly environmental standards as one of their decisive criteria for where to go on holiday."