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(04 February 2013)


On 6 February Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn will visit the Pompeii site in Campania Region, Italy where the European Union has co-financed a rehabilitation project following the collapse of the House of the Gladiators in 2010.

The objective of the Pompeii Project is to initiate a systematic campaign of study, inventory – based on the most advanced technical and scientific methods – and restoration of significant portions of the archaeological site of Pompeii. The latter will proceed step by step and be based on a sound preliminary recognition of the situation at the level of several group of buildings. A consolidation of the rainfall regime is a priority, together with the buildings (insulae) stability. The EU invests EUR 41,811,000 via European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) whereas the total investment amounts EUR 105 000 000. More information


What are the region’s priorities?

With some six million inhabitants, Campania is Italy’s second-most populated region behind Lombardy. The bulk of this population is concentrated in the Naples metropolitan area.
As it is the case throughout the Mezzogiorno, public-sector investment and European funds play an important role in economic activity. The region supports strongly the development of traditional sectors (agri-foodstuffs, chemical, automobile and railway construction, pleasure-boat building, luxury industries), high-tech sectors (aeronautics and electronics) and tourism. It has also brought in instruments to promote research and innovation as well as company start-ups.

The region’s main challenges relate primarily to:

  • employment and human resources – the region has an unemployment rate of 12.9% in 2009 according to Eurostat figures
  • environment : waste management crisis, coastal protection
  • enhance sustainable urban transport
  • improve quality of life in small and medium cities  and protect cultural heritage
  • encourage  ICT investments and finance broadband  infrastructures 


What contribution is the EU’s regional policy making?

The region receives European investment via a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme that is providing worth €3.4 billion over the 2007-13 period. The main priorities are as follows:

  • environmental sustainability and the appeal of culture and tourism: response to environmental emergencies, creation of an environmental context attracting  tourism.
  • competitiveness of the region’s production system: promoting research and innovation and the expansion of the region’s businesses outside of Italy. 
  • energy: promoting renewable forms of energy
  • accessibility and transport: the aim is to make Campania a crossroads for trade by taking advantage of its geographical location in the central Mediterranean
  • information society
  • urban development and quality of life

Out of the global envelop of EUR 6.2 billion (EU + Member State contribution), EUR 2,3 billion are allocated to planned major projects, which is equivalent to about 40% of the overall resources. A major project is a regional policy project of which total cost (VAT included) exceeds EUR 50 million. Contrary to the other EU co financed projects which are approved at national or regional level, major projects are adopted by the Commission, following the proposal of the Member State. At present the Commission has approved 5 major projects in the Campania region.

Also, as regards the protection of the environment, seven highly valuable environmental projects were submitted to the Commission in 2010 and 2011 in order to mitigate water and soil pollution, rehabilitate coastal environment, prevent and mitigate hydrogeological risks.

In 2013, Naples will host the "European Cultural Forum". One of the major projects submitted by the Italian authorities and currently being examined by the Commission is related to this event- "rehabilitation of the exposition center Mostra d'Oltremare and surrounding areas", Mostra d'Oltremare being the venue of the European Cultural Forum.


Examples of Major projects:

Bagnoli park: EU contribution €38 million

An urban park will be created on a disused former industrial site in Naples.

Extensions to the Naples metro system:

- Extension of Line 1 between Dante and Centro Direzionale stations (five additional stops) will connect the city center with neighboring municipal districts (EU contribution: €200 million).

- Extension of Metro 6 (EU contribution around € 86 million): Once operational the Line 6 will expect to be exploited by 30 Millions of passengers by year and will connect two major interchanges: Mostra and Municipio. The entire population of the metropolitan area of Naples, which are around 2.6 million inhabitants will benefit from this intervention. Co-financing will cover civil works and the construction of two stations. Construction works are expected to end in 2014 .  

- Connection between Naples metro and "MetroCampania NordEst" railway line between Piscinola station and Naples airport (EU contribution: around €86 million): With this new transport connection, the users can go directly to the airport without transfer. The project is in implementation.

- Rehabilitation and development of the historic center of Naples: EU contribution  €50 million

The historic center of Naples is an UNESCO site and it is eligible for European funding. It will be approved by the Commission in the following months.


Further information

Campania ERDF programme summary

Administrative authority