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Commissioner Hahn in Pompeii signs Action Plan with Italy to preserve 'jewel of European cultural heritage' - UPDATE 1

Commissioner Hahn in Pompeii signs Action Plan with Italy to preserve 'jewel of European cultural heritage' - UPDATE 1

17/07/2014

EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, today signed an "Action Plan"with State Secretary to the Italian Prime Minister, Graziano Delrio, Italian Minister for Culture Dario Franceschini, and President of Campania Region, Stefano Caldoro to accelerate work on the EU's major project to preserve the site of to Pompeii - the world famous archaeological site

The Action Plan sets down specific measures and targets to complete the project, which is being supported by €78 million worth of investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

 

Speaking ahead of the visit, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn said: "The importance of Pompeii and the EU supported major project to preserve it cannot be overstated. There is a real urgency to accelerate and intensify our efforts. This site is of crucial importance for Campania and its local economy - for Italy and the world. Quite simply it is one of the crowning jewels of Europe's cultural heritage. That's why I am determined to do what I can to make the EU supported major project here a success. The Action Plan we are signing today with the Italian authorities sets down clear targets and deadlines for the way ahead and a series of measures to ensure that those deadlines are respected. It should act as a spur to action and a motivator. I urge all those to seize the challenge and take up their responsibility."

The Pompeii major project was approved in March 2012 by the European Commission. Currently 3 projects at the site have been completed; this includes the Casa del Criptoportico and the Casa delle Pareti Rosse.

Twelve projects are on-going (including Casa di Sirico, Casa del Marinaio, Casa dei Dioscuri, and Casa di Octavianus Quartio)

Nine projects will open soon, including the restoration of the Casa della Fontana Piccola and the Casa della Venere in Conchiglia.

The Commission and the Italian authorities will monitor the Action Plan four times between now and the end of the project (in December 2014, and April, August and December 2015). Targets will be reviewed and progress monitored according to the targets set down.

 


Full text of the Action Plan Italian


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