What is Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Programme?
Greece and Italy, two neighbouring countries with a rich and common past, have more than 25 years of cooperation experience, starting from 1990 until now. Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Programme is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme that aims to help public institutions and local stakeholders to develop cross-border projects and pilot actions and to create new policy, products and services, with the final goal to improve the citizens’ quality of life. Strategically, the programme will enhance innovation in a number of fields such as blue growth, tourism and culture, agro food and cultural and creative industries.
Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Programme aims to get maximum return from EUR 123 million financed per 85% by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and per 15% by the 2 member states Greece and Italy through a national co-financing.
Innovation & Competitiveness aim to increase the capacity of Small and Medium Enterprises to engage in Reserch&Development activities that will lead to innovative products, processes and services with the final goal to contribute to the building of a strong export based economy and to strengthen specific growth sectors such as the blue growth, all activities having links with the sea and creative, cultural and agro-food industries.
Innovation and competitiveness is highlighted in the European Strategy 2020 as a major challenge for regions facing international competition, boosting the creation of new jobs in the Programme Area, which is suffering particularly high unemployment rate, on average almost 24% of the active population, more than double of the EU-28 average (10.8%).