ECONOMY

EU regional funds can help Greek recovery, says Hahn ahead of visit

European Union regional funds can play an important part in the recovery of Greece and its regions, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn has said ahead of a visit to Corfu and Epirus on Monday and Tuesday.

“I think EU regional funds can power the recovery we are starting to see in Greece. But the challenge is to target the money in the right places – to encourage growth, to support reform,” said Hahn.

“Crucially we must direct investments where they can have the most impact to improve the well being of people and create good and lasting jobs «

The two-day visit is part of Commissioner Hahn’s plan to visit all 13 of the Greek regions.

In Corfu, Hahn will concentrate on support for quality and sustainable tourism in the Ionian islands. In Epirus, the focus will partly be on the role that EU regional funds can have in supporting the health sector and moves to modernise and reform it.