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Central Macedonia Regional Operational Programme 2000-2006


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Strategic Objectives


The strategic objective of the programme is three-fold:


a)  capitalising on the key position of Thessaloniki in the Balkans, the European Union, the Black Sea region and the eastern Mediterranean; and on the extenuating circumstances created by new technological, political, economic and social developments in the region


b)  strengthening existing infrastructures and creating social conditions likely to favour balanced development in a framework of equal opportunities and an upgraded environment, with long-term prospects for improvement and development, and


c) environmental rectification.


This strategic objective is implemented through six priority axes:


n              Highlighting the metropolitan role of Thessaloniki and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship


n              Protection and promotion of the environment


n              Reduction of intra-regional inequalities


n              Rural development


n              Reduction of unemployment and provision of equal opportunities in knowledge and skills


n              Development of mountain regions, internal zones and disadvantaged/problematic areas


The 7 priority axes make up for 42 individual measures.



Selected Basic Indicators


The basic results expected from the completion of the programme are as follows:


n              10 hectares of infrastructure for the establishment of business/research activities


n              Support for 610 innovation-focused investment plans


n              Restoration of 95 semi-supervised and non-supervised waste disposal sites


n              Completion of at least 6 water supply and treatment infrastructure systems


n              Completion of at least 7 sewerage networks and 10 waste water treatment plants


n              Restoration/conservation of 37,000 m2 of buildings at monasteries on Mt. Athos


n              Upgrading/construction of 50km of national road


n              Construction or improvement of 360km of provincial road network


n              Upgrading of 11 General Hospitals


n              4,761 modernized hospital beds


n              Development of 115 school libraries and laboratories for all levels of education


n              Development of 360 hectares of organized industrial sites


n              95 investment schemes to modernize tourist businesses


n              Restructuring of 1,990 agricultural holdings of plant crops


n              Land reclamation projects covering 32,000 hectares


n              Relocation of 140 nuisance generating livestock-farming units


n              Interventions for the protection and sustainable management of forests, covering 200,000 hectares


n              Implementation of 323 training programmes for employed and unemployed persons


n              21 integrated programmes within Local Employment Initiatives



Implementation Progress


663 projects have been approved up to date, their total public cost amounting to 73.8% of the overall public cost of the programme. Total budget contracted (legal commitments) corresponds to 43.2% of the overall public cost of the programme, while expenditure to date on the whole programme amounts to 25.5% of the overall public cost of the ROP.


Important projects have already been completed or are now approaching completion, including:


n              "Restoration of the historic site and the Assumption of the Virgin Church, Goumenissa", with a budget of €1.1 million


n              "Improvement of the technical characteristics of the Kilkis-Efkarpia road axis", with a budget of €2.8 million


n              "Improvement of the N. Petras – Draviskou road axis and construction of bridge over River Angitis", with a budget of €2.3 million


n              "Improvement of the Yiannitsa-Aravissos-Mandalo-P.Eleias-Mavrovouni road", with a budget of €1.3 million


n              "Western Veroia bypass", with a budget of €2.1 million