Politics: Greece secures EU funding of major infrastructure projects

A revision of a trans-European transport network programme was discussed in Brussels on Tuesday between Greece and the European Commission.
Greece was represented by Harris Tsiokas, secretary-general of the Infrastructure, Transport and Networks ministry, while M. Ruete, director general of Mobility and Transport in the EU headed the EU executive’s delegation.

The Greek side aimed at including Greek transport network projects to trans-European Transport Networks, securing EU funding for Greek infrastructure projects and boosting efficiency of the Greek transport system, by highlighting the country’s geo-strategic position and its evolution into a cargo centre in Southeastern Europe.

Greece seeks to secure funding for road projects connecting Greece with other Balkan countries, including a north road project in Crete to Trans-European Transport Networks and promoting road networks in the Peloponnese by upgrading Patras into a central hub and an exit gate to Italy and Europe.

The two sides also agreed to promote a series of railway projects and including the ports of Kalamata, Katakolo and Santorini, along with the airports of Nea Aghialos and Kalymnos to an EU-funding programme.

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