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REGION DE LA SEMAINE

Epirus

(04 - 11 - 2013)

Epirus

Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn is in the Greek region Epirus on 4-5 November to discuss with Governor of the Region Alexandros Kachrimanis and representatives of local authorities and business associations how Epirus can best take advantage of the new cohesion policy for 2014-2020 by specializing in sectors with growth potential like agro-food, ecotourism, ICT and health. The Commissioner will visit some EU-funded projects as well. Epirus is a mountainous and sparsely populated area in north western Greece. The region faces challenges and risks in terms of territorial cohesion within the region and the rest of the country, insufficient flexibility and inadequate skills within the labour market. Disparities between rural and urban areas and a declining population are further challenges for the region.

Transport infrastructure investments in the last decade (Egnatia road, Igoumenitsa port) have better connected the region both nationally and internationally. Epirus is home of quality agro-food products (e.g. milk, cheese, wine, and aquaculture). Due to its natural and cultural assets, Epirus has a great potential to develop alternative and quality tourism. It has also a good performing University (in particular the Medical School) and the potential to develop vibrant business in sectors where the region presents competitive advantages.

 

What are the region's priorities?

The region's priorities for the period 2007-2013 are:

  • Modernization of road and urban infrastructure
  • improvement of competitiveness, extroversion, quality and innovative nature of enterprises;
  • improvement of human capital;
  • enhancement of environmental protection and of the management of natural resources;
  • strengthening of intraregional economic cohesion;
  • use of tourism and culture for more growth and job creation
  • promotion of information technologies and entrepreneurship.

 

How is EU regional policy contributing?

For the 2007-2013 period, Epirus has been allocated more than €370 million within the Operational Programme 'Thessalia - Sterea Ellada - Ipiros' which amounts € 1.1 billion ERDF funding.

The expected impacts of the EU co-funded investments in the region encompass the creation of approximately 180 new jobs in the business sector, 100 km of roads built, renovated and upgraded, as well as the rehabilitation of 10 landfillsand the construction of three solid waste management projects . Additionally, over 4 000 pupils will benefit from entirely new or modernised education infrastructures. By the end of 2013 it is expected that the investment in the healthcare sector will respond to the needs of the population. 

 

Project examples

- "New Knowledge": ERDF contribution EUR 2,9 million

This project promotes small scale research linked to the specific regional needs and in particular the needs of local enterprises and society. Proposals submitted by regional research centres and universities have to prove that findings can be used by local enterprises or another local private or public entity. So far a broad range of projects has benefited from ERDF support: quality control for traditional silversmith (which is one of the most characteristic arts of the region) the determination of the authenticity of the botanical and geographical origin of food products to achieve a possible Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) or Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) and a research project on an innovative treatment of ligament rupture based on stem cells and tissue engineering, filters to be used in solid waste plants, research on the stability of bridges etc.

- Multifunction centre in the Hospital Hatzikosta Ioanninon for the treatment of alcoholic and drug users: EU contribution EUR 8 million

This project deals with the construction of a new building as multifunction centre for treatment of alcoholic and drugs users in the Hatzikosta Hospital in Ioannina with a total surface of 4000m ². The project also includes development works of the surrounding and green areas, the supply and installation of medical, electrical, electronic and hosting equipment. The services provided by the centre will be emergency surgery, counselling centre and a closed detoxification unit.

- Extension of the University Hospital of Ioannina: EU contribution EUR 25 million

The project concerns the construction of an additional 5 floor building at the University Hospital of Ioannina. The new building and its various functional departments develops and upgrades the existing public hospital infrastructure contributing thus to the region meeting the current healthcare needs of the population. The building will be connected and will function in complementarity with the existing nursing units and the adjacent building for physical rehabilitation.

 

Further information

Intermediate Managing Authority of Epirus

Greek Ministry of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks

Region of Epirus