Operational Programme 'Improvement of Accessibility'
Programme under the Convergence objective co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
On 10 October 2007, the European Commission approved an Operational Programme for Greece for the period 2007-13. The programme "Improvement of Accessibility" involves Community support for eight Greek regions: Epirus, Thessaly, Eastern Macedonia, Ionian Islands, Western Greece, Peloponnesus, Crete and North Aegean.
The Operational Programme falls within the framework laid out for the Convergence objective and has a total budget of around €4.976 billion. Community assistance through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund amounts to some €3.7 billion, which represents approximately 18.45% of the total EU money invested in Greece under Cohesion policy 2007-13.
1. Purpose and aim of the programme
Continued investment in transport infrastructures is necessary in Greece in order to complete trans-European road and rail networks, develop missing links and regional axes, promote public transport and ensure balanced development of the different transport modes. The Operational Programme aims to improve transport infrastructure in Greece as well as its international connections. It will therefore have a decisive role in enhancing the attractiveness and accessibility of Greece's remote and landlocked regions and also in improving its position in terms of international transport.
The "Improvement of Accessibility" Operational Programme cuts across less developed and more prosperous regions in Greece and should therefore promote territorial cohesion by ensuring consistency and complementarity of structural interventions with other Operational Programmes.
The Operational Programme pays close attention to environmental concerns that should be addressed through appropriately designed new projects, increased efficiency of transport networks as well as measures promoting cleaner transport, particularly in major urban zones. In addition, the Programme gives priority to promoting safety among the different transport modes and networks.
2. Expected impact of the investments
The "Improvement of Accessibility" Operational Programme will provide strong support to the Lisbon agenda for jobs and growth by contributing to bridge the transport infrastructure gap between Greece and more developed regions in Europe. As much as 86.58% of the investments available under the programme are earmarked for Lisbon priorities. Furthermore, the programme aims to attract €1.8 billion of private investments through a series of motorway concession agreements designed to complete the basic motorway network on the country's mainland by 2015.
The Operational Programme sets out two strategic objectives:
The Operational Programme "Improvement of Accessibility" is structured along the following priority axes:
Priority 1: Road transport infrastructures [approximately 58.8% of total amount of funding]
Specific objectives of this priority include:
Priority 2: Rail and combined transport infrastructures [approximately 19.5 % of total amount of funding]
Specific objectives of this priority include:
Priority 3: Public urban transport [approximately 11.1 % of total amount of funding]
The objective of this priority is to develop the public urban transport system in the Athens/Piraeus area with a view to developing mobility, improving the attractiveness of public transport, offering quality of services and promoting a cleaner environment.
Priority 4: Air and maritime transport infrastructures [approximately 7.4 % of total amount of funding]
Greece has an extensive network of ports (155) and airports (41). The specific objectives of this priority include:
Priority 5: Road safety and safety of transport networks [ approximately 1.2% of total amount of funding]
The objective of this priority is to improve the quality of transport networks and services. This part of the Operational Programme assigns particular importance to issues of safety and traffic management.
Priority 6: Technical assistance [approximately 1.1 % of total amount of funding]
In order to implement the programme, financial support is being made available to cover administration, monitoring and controls.
4. Managing Authority
not designated yet
- Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Network
- Anastaseos 2 & Tsigante
- EL-15669 Athens
- Secretary General of Telecommunications and Post
- Nik, STATHOPOULOS
- Secretary General of Transportation
- Men., DASKALAKIS
- Secretary General of Public Works
- Efstr., SIMOPOULOS
- E-mail.: email@example.com
- Special Managing Service of the Operational Programme "Reinforcement of Accessibility"
- Koniari 15
- EL-114 71 Athens
- Tel.: +30210 6930154
- Fax.: +30210 6930188
- E-mail.: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Title : Operational Programme 'Improvement of Accessibility'
- Intervention Type : Operational Programme
- CCI no : 2007GR161PO004
- Number of decision : C/2007/5436final
- Final approval date : 2007-10-10
- Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Road transport infrastructures||2 176 600 000||725 580 000||2 902 180 000|
|Rail and combined transport infrastructures||723 000 000||127 560 000||850 560 000|
|Public urban transport||411 550 000||241 550 000||653 100 000|
|Air and maritime transport infrastructures||274 000 000||66 330 000||340 330 000|
|Road safety and safety of transport networks||43 200 000||43 200 000||86 400 000|
|Traffic and environmental management of transport networks||31 035 000||31 035 000||62 070 000|
|Technical Assistance||40 775 864||40 775 864||81 551 728|
|Total||3 700 160 864||1 276 030 864||4 976 191 728|