Greece has played a leading role in the absorption of EU funds in recent years, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday during his speech at a conference on the new European programmes for 2021-2027, held in Kalamata.
The prime minister emphasised the importance of European programmes for Greece’s development, pointing out that, between 2000 to 2017, 66 billion euros had flowed into the country from cohesion policies, financing its growth.
Mitsotakis said that Greece is historically linked to growth policies, while acknowledging that from time to time there had also been a mismanagement of European funds.
The 8th EU Cohesion Report confirmed that, between 2014 to 2020, EU funding contributed 2.6 pct to GDP growth in the least developed regions, Mitsotakis said, adding that European funds could work to the advantage of European citizens and pledged that “the cohesion policy of 2021-27 will be based on these foundations”.
Greece – he said – was the first EU member-state that received a positive response to the Partnership Agreement for cohesion, previously the NSRF programmes, while he referred to the financing programme of 26.2 billion “for which we fought very hard in Brussels, in difficult meetings,” which complements other financial instruments, such as the ‘Greece 2.0’ recovery plan with a total financing exceeding 30 billion euros and which, when added together with the common agricultural policy, meant that Greece will be receiving an amount of up to 80 billion euros.