Over €283 million of EU funds for inclusive growth in Italy

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The Commission adopted today the 2014-2020 National Operational Programme "Legalità", worth over €377.6 million, with €283 million coming from the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund. The programme will promote a more modern and transparent public administration and foster social inclusion for legal migrants, asylum seekers and vulnerable groups in Italy's less developed regions.

Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: "I am particularly proud of the programme we adopted today. It contributes to addressing the refugee crisis, the Commission's first priority and one of the biggest challenges we ever had to address as a Union. Investments under this programme will help legal migrants, asylum seekers and vulnerable groups find their place in society, by improving their social and professional inclusion."

Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen said: "The European Social Fund helps to improve the lives of millions of people in Europe each year and is an indispensable tool in helping them find better jobs. I have made clear already several weeks ago that we need to use EU funds better to respond to the refugee crisis. The programme adopted today will do exactly that and help to integrate and support refugees and other vulnerable groups."

The programme focuses on six priorities:

  • "Strengthening the Public Administration in its fight against corruption and organized crime" through an increased use of digital tools ("e-government")
  • "Strengthening the conditions of legality in strategic areas for economic development". Investment under this priority will help fight illegal actions in the economic sector as well as organized crime.
  • "Promoting social inclusion through the physical rehabilitation of confiscated assets", to be used for social inclusion activities for legal migrants, asylum seekers, and vulnerable groups. In Italy there are many assets confiscated to criminal organisations that can be rehabilitated and used for different social and economic activities.
  • "Promoting social inclusion and dissemination of legality" in order to pursue the social and professional inclusion of legal migrants, asylum seekers and vulnerable groups. Over 5000 persons are expected to benefit from EU investments under this priority.
  • "Improving the skills of the public administration in the fight against corruption and organized crime", to strengthen the institutional capacity and the efficiency of public administrations and services regarding transparency, open data, and fight against the organised crime.
  • "Technical assistance" in order to ensure the good implementation of the programme.

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