Eastern Macedonia and Thrace OP 

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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 tons, produce 36,000 tons/year of geothermy and add 10,000 tons of waste in the recycling process
  • Increase by 2,000/year expected visitors in the region and construct or upgrade 80km 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

Managing Authority of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Region
URL: www.eydamth.gr

Tel.: (+30) 2531 352300


Last modification date: 18/01/2016