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Release date- 24072014 - The glimpses of recovery are clear - EU Cohesion Policy has helped cushion
It has also supported
But I believe it is the regions that hold the key to recovery in
These visits have confirmed my faith in the Greek regions' potential. That's why I am pleased the Partnership Agreement for
Thessaly will benefit from its own Operational Programme too: this is worth more than
Using these investments well is the key challenge. Thessaly has a good track record for using the money.
I very much appreciate the efforts of the Governor Agorastos who I have met this morning and with whom I had a constructive and detailed conversation about how to best INVEST this money.
There is in Thessaly no risk of losing unspent money for 2007-13.
I also offer congratulations for tackling landfills: there are no illegal landfills operating in this region.
But there are challenges for now and for the future:
Now: Need to finish off all projects and especially key priority projects so essential for
These include: the regional road Larissa-Karditsa; Larissa-Trikala road; rehabilitation of parts of the
In particular the submarine park in Sporades Islands looks like an Innovative project (11 underwater archaeological sites, 9 diving parks) The operational plan was recently received and I am looking forward to its implementation in 2015. It is a potential showcase.
SMEs are the backbone of the economy, they are its job engines. Under EU Cohesion Policy the money is there, it needs to be used. We redirected more FUNDS in recent reprogramming to support small and medium sized enterprises in Thessaly - it is a priority for 2014-2020 too (2007-2013 Thessaly: About 2,500 small and medium sized business supported through the regional and national programmes worth
Thessaly's Operational Programme was received ahead of time,
In the future the INVESTMENTS in
Promotion of economy and energy by increasing the proportion of renewables and measures for energy efficiency.
If we are able to save only one percent of energy we could save 2.8 % of gas imports into
When it comes to promotion of the economy we have to target SMEs.
We have around 27 million unemployed, we have 23 million existing SMEs.
If each of the existing SMEs would employ one person, the problem could be solved. It is a naive calculation but it gives u a sense of opportunity.
How to merge public and private FUNDS to give better access to finance for SMEs is something we have talked about today with the Governor.
We have changed our regulations to widen scope for how EU structural FUNDS can be used here. But we are still lagging behind.
There are still difficulties for SMEs to access funds and we need to explore this situation, and concentrate on finding solutions.
I would like to ask academic and business sector to work together more than it has been the case in the past. This low level of cooperation is a particularly Greek phenomenon...
I am really impressed by the level of scientific knowledge and cutting edge technologies that I have encountered. We need to overcome reluctance of business/research to work together. This is about mutual sharing of experience and capacity for lasting jobs, not just in
Over the coming weeks/months we will assess and fine tune them: the aim will be for focus in INVESTMENTS, expected results should be spelt out. Better defined priorities should be reflected in a smart specialisation strategy - this is about building on the region's strengths for the benefit of citizens above all.
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