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There are two strategic objectives of the Operational Programme for the period 2000-2006:
The first strategic objective falls under the heading “Citizens and quality of life”. This relates to the improvement in the quality of life for the average citizen by actions in a range of critical sectors such as public administration, health, transport and the environment. Intervention in these sectors will improve service provision through integrated information and communications systems.
The second objective falls under the heading “Economic Development and Human Resources”. This relates to the creation of appropriate conditions for supporting a process of economic and social development in which technology and knowledge are the main instruments for increasing productivity and competitiveness, incomes, employment and labour force skills. It includes development of telecommunications infrastructure, support for economic mechanisms and employment by making the most of new technologies, creating an education and training system adapted to the needs of the 21st century, and promoting Greek culture.
To achieve the above two strategic objectves, the OP sets a series of specific objectives:
1. Education and culture: Equipping, networking, training teachers and preparing digital material for the creation of an educational system for the 21st century. Using new technologies for the documentation and promotion of Greek culture.
2. Citizens and quality of life: Using ICTs for improved services to the public in critical sectors of the public administration, and improving the quality of life through the introduction of new technologies in the areas of health and welfare, environment and transport, development of applications and infrastructure for the Land Registry.
3. The Digital Economy and Employment: Creating conditions for converting to the “new economy”, through the promotion of e-business and research and its relationship to production, skills upgrading, employment and tele-work, use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises.
4. Communications: Supporting the market liberalisation process and developing telecommunications infrastructure in remote areas for the provision of advanced services at low cost and points of internet access for the public.
The main results expected from the completion of the programme are as follows:
n 10,000 participants in advanced skills training programmes
n Accreditation of 75,000 participants in basic skills training programmes
n Increase of internet users per 100 inhabitants (from 5 to 40/100)
n 16 students per PC (from 51 at the beginning of the programme)
n Infrastructure and internet connection for all schools (100%) in elementary and secondary education
n 80% increase of employment posts in the Information Society domain (33.000 employment posts)
n 75.000 PCs in the Public Sector
n Modern PCs for all hospitals and health centers (100%)
n Increase of the SMEs doing e-business/ e-commerce from 1% to 15%
n 10 electronically provided services to citizens
n 100% update of the national base maps (scale 1:5000)
4,436 projects have been approved up to date, their total public cost amounting to 61.4% of the overall public cost of the programme. Total budget contracted (legal commitments) corresponds to 32.1% of the overall public cost of the programme, while expenditure to date on the whole programme amounts to 18.5% of the total public cost of the OP.
Important projects already completed or now approaching completion include:
n "Procurement and installation of computer equipment for IT labs in standard senior high schools, technical colleges and school laboratory centres", at a public cost of €16,424,861.53 in Measure 1.1
n "Further training for teachers in use of ICT in education" at a public cost of €89,661,162.00 in Measure 1.2
n "Ariadne: System of provision of services and administrative information to the public" at a public cost of €78,932,766.61 in Measure 2.2
n "Get On-Line Programme" at public cost of €18,088,460.16 in Measure 3.2
n "Citizen Information Centres in Regions and Prefectures" at a public cost of €1,014,233.31 in Measure 2.2