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Commissioner Hahn in Western Greece and Peloponnese to push for an approach to EU investments that delivers jobs

Press release Commissioner Johannes Hahn is in Greece from 14-15 February pushing for the most efficient and effective use of the country's main source of public investment – EU Regional Funds. On this leg of his tour of the country's 13 regions he is urging local business and regional representatives to use Regional Funds for growth and innovation and calling for more targeted spending to create new jobs; in particular in research and development, support for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and sustainable tourism. He will also seek the elimination of illegal landfill sites, which deter potential investors and badly affect people’s quality of life, to be replaced by modern waste management plants. These can be co-financed through EU Regional Policy. Commissioner Hahn meets Western Greece Regional Governor, Apostolos Katsifaras in Patras as well as regional representatives, NGOs and business representatives in the Peloponnese region, to discuss how to best target EU investment to build on the regions' strengths and to create the maximum impact.
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Absorption rates of Structural and Cohesion Funds in Greece - December 2012

Data as of 31 December 2012. Detailed information available here. Data: www.espa.gr

Funding priorities for 2014-2020 in Greece - Summary of the Position Paper of the European Commission

The Position Paper of the Commission Services on the development of the Partnership Agreement and programmes in Greece for the period 2014-2020 sets out the key country specific challenges and proposes five complementary and mutually reinforcing funding priorities.

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Absorption rates in Greece- 38,35% in August 2012

Commissioner Hahn encourages the set-up of regional management structures in Greece (2014-2020)

In the speech delivered to the Governors of the Greek Regions, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn discussed the opportunity of setting-up regional management bodies for the future programming period.' It is worth considering using the new regional set up to ensure that projects are developed and managed by regionally accountable bodies. It is worth thinking about how to combine the need for investments of national importance with the regional dimension.

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