The first signs of recovery of the Greek economy are already visible, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras stressed on Thursday, addressing a conference on the utilization of EU funds in the next programming period of 2014-2020, budgeted at 36 billion euros.
According to AMNA, addressing the 1st National Development Conference for the programming period 2014-2020, jointly organized by the Development Ministry and the European Commission, Samaras said that the year 2013 is a turning point that will lead to growth, given that the results of the measures taken by the government will begin to be clearly visible in the next quarter and become tangible on the market by the end of the year.amna
Indeed, Samaras made a specific reference to the fact that in February a positive balance between hirings and layoffs was posted for the first time in many years, which he said was a significant sign of recovery.
Greece must focus on innovation and entrepreneurship using EU funds, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said on Thursday.
Addressing a conference in Athens on the exploitation of community funds in the period 2014-2020, organized by the Development Ministry and the European Commission, the EU Commissioner said: “The issue is not just how to give money to address an urgent problem, but to emphasize on innovation and entrepreneurship”.
Hahn said investments must be channeled to modern technologies of waste management and investments, in energy and tourism, and on culture. “The sun and sea are not enough,” he noted, adding that a framework for managing Community funds for the 2014-2020 period would be completed by June. “Money should be given to projects that will change Greece,” Hahn said.
The Commissioner said he will meet with Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis to discuss restarting national road projects and predicted that works could begin this month. He said that Greece will receive 16 billion euros in Community funds from a new National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF)programme by 2020, another 4.0 billion euros from an Alexandros Baltatzis programme, 15 billion euros in direct farm support and 500 million euros in relief against illegal immigration.
Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis, addressing the same conference, said the planning focused more on entrepreneurship, exporting activity, innovation, social cohesion, vocational training, combating unemployment, new technologies and protection of the environment, and less on infrastructure projects. He noted that environmental programmes included waste management and green economy.
Hatzidakis also said the government was drafting a programme to modernize public services and a wider development plan for ΄the day after΄ the memorandum in Greece. He noted that each region will have its own development programme and that national programmes will be fewer.