New Cohesion Policy - Greece
"Since accession in 1981, the EU funds have contributed to transforming Greece. I am thinking for example at the five motorway concessions providing a modern transport network and the Liquefied Natural Gas station in the island of Revythoussa making Greece an energy gate for South-Eastern Europe. I look forward to the debate on what our funds for 2021-2027 can do to continue improving the daily lives of Greek citizens."
"For already 27 years, Interreg has been bringing EU citizens together across borders, for example by helping build bi-lingual childcare facilities, or cross-border train lines or hospitals. The coming debate on 29 June in Athens will also focus on how Interreg VI can further support Greece's efforts in cooperating with its neighbours for better living standards in cross-border regions". Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu
Tempi Tunnels - Safer and Faster from Thessaloniki to Athens
The three new tunnels, referred to as the Tempi Tunnels, have transformed what used to be the most dangerous part of the Thessaloniki-Athens motorway.
The construction of Tempi Tunnels included 25 km of motorway, 11 km of tunnels and the largest road tunnel in south-east Europe. The project is part of the five motorway concessions which constructed and upgraded approximately 1400 km of roads in Greece with the support of EU cohesion policy.
The Tempi tunnels have halved the travel time on the new sections and reduced the drive from Athens to Thessaloniki to just over four hours. Road safety has dramatically improved with accidents reduced by up to 70%. The Tempi Valley has also benefited from the project’s environmental protection measures.