EU Regional Funds leading the restoration of Pompeii 'jewel of European cultural heritage'
Today, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, is travelling to Pompeii - the world famous archaeological site, to sign an "Action Plan" with the Italian authorities to accelerate work on the EU's major project to preserve the site. The Action Plan sets down specific measures and targets to complete the project, which is being supported by €78 million worth of investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Approved in March 2012 by the European Commission, the Pompeii major project is using some of the most sophisticated and up-to-date technology to conserve the ruins of the world renowned UNESCO site. Moreover, significant measures have been taken to protect the project – particularly in the area of public procurement - against the influence of organised crime. 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.
The Commission and the Italian authorities will monitor the Action Plan four times between now and the end of the project (in December 2014, and April, August and December 2015). Targets will be reviewed and progress monitored according to the targets set down.