Saving Pompeii with the help of EU Investment
EU Regional Affairs Commissioner Johannes Hahn has launched the start of work to help save the world renowned UNESCO site of Pompeii in the Italian region of Campania. Using €41.8 million of EU Regional Funds (ERDF), part of a total funding of €105 million, the project could prove a model for the rest of Italy and the Campania region.
It is using some of the most sophisticated and up-to-date technology to conserve the ruins of the site which has been badly damaged in recent years. The project is also taking a variety of measures to protect itself from the influence of organised crime - the Camorra - which infects many parts of the region. Working closely with the European Commission, the Italian authorities have installed a special "prefetto" from the Italian Ministry of the Interior to oversee security and legal aspects of the project from beginning to end. Currently around 2.3 million visitors come to Pompeii every year. It is expected that by 2017 with the restoration of the site, that should increase by at least 300,000 people with huge direct and indirect benefits for the region in terms of jobs and spin-off commercial activities.
The Pompeii project will undertake:
- to consolidate the structures of the archaeological site, starting with the areas ranked "high risk" pursuant to the 'Archaeological Risk Map';
- to build a water canalisation and drainage system In the non-excavated state property area leaning over the ancient buildings;
- to implement the consolidation, restoration and enhancement works in line with the method of programmed preservation;
- to improve the training of staff, working on site for the 'Special Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of Naples and Pompeii' (SANP).