Eastern Macedonia-Thrace - ERDF/ESF

Programme description

Main objectives

The Programme aims to boost economic development and create job opportunities in East Macedonia and Thrace. It contributes to achieving Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, also in line with the smart specialisation strategy. It should create jobs and help SMEs to become more competitive and innovation-driven. EU funding will also contribute to meeting the requirements of the Union's acquis, in particular as regards greenhouse gas reduction in CO², solid waste and water waste management and energy efficiency.

Funding priorities

The OP support will substantially contribute to promoting the following key EU and national development priorities:

  • “Enhance the competitiveness of the local economy" (ERDF – 14% of the EU allocation): strengthen the links between R&D and enterprises, focus on the development of economic activities identified by RIS3 and enhance extroversion. Already, an EP pilot project supports the region for the implementation of its RIS3.
  • “Enhance the attractiveness of the region as place to invest and live” (ERDF – 53% of the EU allocation): explore geothermy, increase of energy efficiency in buildings, address specific risks, in particular floods and coastal erosion, improve water management as well as solid waste and water waste management, promote natural and cultural heritage and reinforce accessibility in the region.
  • “Human resources- Social Cohesion- ERDF” (ERDF – 18% of the EU allocation): investments in education, professional as well as in health and social care infrastructures.
  • “Human resources- Social Cohesion- ESF” (ESF – 13% of the EU allocation): improving employment and skills in the areas of the regional RIS3 while improving access to employment for disadvantaged people, combatting discrimination, promoting social enterprises and access to health services.
  • "Technical Assistance" (ERDF – 1,5 % and ESF – 0,5 % of EU allocation respectively): provision of technical assistance.

Expected impacts

  • Support of more than 370 SMEs and creation of some 860 employment positions
  • Cooperation of 300 enterprises with research institutes, promotion of innovation and ICT and start-ups creation
  • Reduce CO² blueprint of public buildings by 9,000 tonnes, produce 36,000 tonnes/year of geothermy and add 10,000 tonnes of waste in the recycling process
  • Increase by 2,000/year expected visitors in the region and construct or upgrade 80 km of roads
  • Cover 250,000 additional inhabitants with improved healthcare services and increase capacity of supported childcare or education infrastructure by 4,000 people
  • Support some 55 social enterprises and benefit some 5,000 disadvantaged persons with health and social care services
  • Promote Roma integration through Integrated Territorial Investments

Programme text

ΕΠ Ανατολικής Μακεδονίας-Θράκης


Aνατολική Μακεδονία, Θράκη (Anatoliki Makedonia, Thraki)


ERDF: 354,868,335.00 €

ESF: 62,714,347.00 €

Thematic priorities

TA - Technical Assistance

TO1 - Research and innovation

TO10 - Education and training

TO2 - Information and communication technologies

TO3 - SMEs competitiveness

TO4 - Low-carbon economy

TO5 - Climate change and risk prevention

TO6 - Environment and resource efficiency

TO7 - Transport and energy networks

TO8 - Employment and labour market

TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 521,978,358.00 €

Total EU contribution: 417,582,682.00 €

Managing Authority

Managing Authority for the OP

Irodotou 28,

GR-69 100 Komotini

+30 25313 52338

Head of unit

CCI number: 2014GR16M2OP014