Over 60% of growth in 2024 will come from from the European resources and the goal is not to lose a single euro, pointed out the Deputy Minister of National Economy and Finance Nikos Papathanasis, in his speech at the event with the theme “Greece and Cohesion Policy after 2027: Regional Development and Prosperity“, organized by the General Secretariat of Public Investments and NSRF at Zappeio Megaro.

Mr. Papathanasis underlined, among other things, that according to the 2024 budget, Greece will achieve a primary surplus of 2.1% and growth of 2.9%.

More than 60% of this growth will come from the NSRF and Recovery Fund Programs and the goal is not to lose a single euro.

Said that “this government is a reformist government. The more we reform the state, the more we create more and better paying jobs, for all our fellow citizens, for young men and women.

The only way is the continuation of the development policy alongside the faithful implementation of the fiscal goals».

The deputy minister he noted that during the pandemic, in the field of entrepreneurship, the NSRF was the one that strengthened and kept small and medium enterprises standing and supported employment in practice with resources that exceeded, together with leverage, 14 billion euros.

In terms of its implementation, the acceleration of absorption in recent years has led Greece to be firmly in the first positions of the relative ranking among EU member states. Today, he added, everything shows that the goal of safely closing all programs will be achieved.

Total contracts amount to 32 billion euros (136%), while expenditures have risen to 21.7 billion (92.3%).

In the new NSRF 2021-2027, with a total budget of over 26.5 billion euros, the resources are directed, among other things, to actions to promote the innovative and intelligent transformation of the Greek economy, to “green” actions to promote clean and fair energy transition, political protection, social cohesion, with actions to increase employment and strengthen human resources, improve education, social solidarity and reduce social exclusion, as well as in major road, maritime projects , rail and air infrastructure.

At the same time, in the new NSRF, the resources directed to the Regional Programs are increased by 2.8 billion euros, while the new Sectoral Programs reflect the new development requirements, such as the Just Developmental Transition, with the objective of changing the production model in the lignitization areas, the Civil Protection, with the aim of financing significant investments for the equipment and systems for the prevention, response and early warning of natural hazards as well as for fire-fighting equipment.

The activation of the NSRF 2021-2027 is already in full development. Invitations worth more than 7 billion euros have been issued, while projects worth 3.7 billion have been joined and started to be implemented.“, underlined Mr. Papathanasis.