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REGION OF THE WEEK:

Peloponnesus

(11 February 2013)

Peloponnesus

 

Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn will pay a visit to Greece to take stock of the regional policy project implementations in the country. He will in particular visit the Peloponnesus region on 15 February where he will meet Mr Petros Tatoulis, Governor of the Peloponnese region and visit EU funded projects in Tripolis.

For the 2007-2013 period, Peloponnesus together with Western Greece and Ionian Islands has been allocated EUR 914 million EU financing with the  Regional Operational Programme Western Greece, Peloponnesus and Ionian Islands. The EU investments in the region relate mainly to transport infrastructure, environment, rural and urban development, culture, entrepreneurship and digital convergence, social infrastructure and services, health and social care.

Peloponnesus occupies the southern part of Greece. With an area of 15.490 km2 (11,7% of Greece) and a population of around 640.000 inhabitants, Peloponnesus has a GDP per capita of 75.1 % of the EU average (2009 figures).

What are the region's priorities?

Infrastructure works & accessibility

  • The improvement and expansion of the National Road network,
  • The improvement and expansion of the country / trans-municipal and inter-municipal road network,
  • The upgrade / expansion of basic port infrastructure
  • The improvement of the urban planning

Digital convergence & entrepreneurship

  • Integration of new technologies into the enterprises’ production process: support SMEs to have access to new modern tools of ICT including investments in technological equipment and installation of PCs.
  • Modernisation and streamlining of Regional public administration in order to better serve the needs of enterprises and civilians: introduction and use of ICT, development and applications of digital technology to upgrade the administration's organisational capacities.

Sustainable development & quality of life

  • Enhancing monuments and archaeological sites and protecting and enhancing areas of natural beauty and vulnerable areas in order to broaden and differentiate the tourist products of the region, tourism being an important economic sector in the region.
  • Upgrading and improving the effectiveness and functionality of social infrastructure, education, health and welfare. The aim is to improve and build infrastructure facilities relating to primary & secondary education, the health centres and social care stations.
  •  Increasing the infrastructure functionality of Regional urban and semi-urban areas
  • Improving the conditions and/or increasing the number of people living in the Region and the visitors benefiting from drinking water, in tandem with a reduction of water losses.
  • Safeguarding the environment against solid and liquid waste.
  • Regenerating rural / under-developed areas.

 

How does EU regional policy contribute?

For the 2007-2013 period, it is foreseen that the bulk of the EU regional funding contribution - around EUR 368 million for the Peloponnesus region -is injected in interventions relating to quality of life and sustainable development. Some 500 hospital beds shall be constructed and modernised. Two landfills are programmed to be constructed.

Two waste water treatment plants are intended to be constructed. In the area of infrastructure works & accessibility, 85 km of national roads will be maintained and modernised.

As regards digital convergence & entrepreneurship, 1100 enterprises are expected to participate in the realisation of the programme. Finally, tourist enterprises of around 300 will be modernised,

 

Project examples

Completion of the water supply network in NafplioTotal: EU contribution EUR 2,975,000

This project is one of the 181 co-funded priority projects which were identified by the Greek authorities and the Commission in November 2011 as being of high investment value and creating jobs. It aims to complete the internal water supply network of the city of Nafplio and of the surrounding residential areas of Karathona and Exosti. The total length of the network to be constructed is 36.39 km. In addition the project includes the replacement of the old pipelines and the supply and installation of two metal water tanks. The realisation of the project will improve the quality of life and the attractiveness of the region. It is expected to be completed in June 2014.

 Port of Gytheio: EU contribution EUR  18,902,300

This project is also included in the list of priority projects and is situated in one of the most important towns in the region, Gytheio. The works aim to cover the need of the Port of Gytheio with reference to the size of ships that are expected to use the port. The pier of the port will be extended by 110 metres towards the same direction of the already existing small part of the pier.

The platforms of the west side of the pier that will result from the planned extension will be able to serve ferry-boats up to 150 meters while the docks on the east side of the port will accommodate cruise ships of a length up to 200 meters. The project is of particular significance to the satisfactory operation of the port, especially during the summer period. It is expected to have a measurable economic impact on the commercial life of Peloponnese and benefit the further development of the tourism sector. It is expected to be completed in March 2014.

Castle of "Karytaina": EU contribution EUR 1,105,000

The Frankish Castle of Karytaina was built on a steep rocky outcrop in mid-13th century and was used by the Franks to control the northeast part of Arkadia. The project includes rehabilitation works in the main buildings alongside the slopes of the hill as well as the restoration of the historical path. 

The project figures as well in the list of priority projects aiming to highlight the historical monuments of the region and attract tourists.

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