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Digitalising Greece with more than EUR 389 million of EU regional funds

(03 April 2014)

Digitalising Greece with more than EUR 389 million of EU regional funds

The European Commission has approved three major investments of € 389.4 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) that will help Greece's recovery by modernizing the entire public administration, getting both the secondary and primary education systems online and extending high speed internet coverage to more than 600,000 people living in rural and remote areas.

These three Information and Communication Technology projects will bring substantial benefits for citizens and are expected to create more than 1100 jobs during their implementation, with 280 permanent jobs created once the projects are fully up and running.

EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn who approved the 3 separate investments said, "We expect more than 825,000 schoolchildren to benefit from these investments in new technology in education. A modern, better functioning public administration and connected rural and remote areas to high speed internet will all make a real and positive difference to citizens and businesses in Greece. These projects show how EU Regional Policy is investing in the future: in people and business. They will help boost growth and jobs in Greece and also help bring about a more modern and more efficient public administration in Greece. These investments will stimulate the domestic ICT market - a real driver for growth. The improvements in efficiency that these projects will bring will also mean real savings in operating costs. That is very welcome at a time of extremely tight budget constraints for Greece. I now invite the Greek authorities to ensure that these projects are well and efficiently implemented."

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