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NSRF funding package ‘unprecedented’ in Greece’s modern history, officials say

Greece will table its proposals on various sectors for the new NSRF 2021-2027 funding in October, but “will not rush to do so on the start date,” in order to prepare the plans as well as possible, Development & Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis said on Thursday.

Georgiadis made the statements in a joint press conference with visiting European Commissioner for Cohesion & Reforms Elisa Ferreira at the National Gallery of Art.

Speaking at the Gallery, he said, “According to regulations, the first day we may table various sector plans is October 12,” and he added that they could take as long as 5 months to be approved after that. “We agreed today – and I believe Ms Ferreira’s advice is right – that we do not rush to table our proposals on October 12, but allow them to mature before they go to the European services, so that their job may then be easier in terms of approval.”

Ferreira, who met among others with the prime minister as well, said that she held fruitful meetings in Greece. She added that this is a very important and historic era for Greece and European countries in terms of what they will create in the coming years. She also confirmed that it would be best if the proposals submitted by Greece are as complete as possible, rather than spending time contacting EU services back and forth.

Secretary Genearl for Public Investments and NSRF Dimitris Skalkos termed the new NSRF plan a ‘superweapon’ for Greece, with unprecedented funding in the country’s post-WWII history that must be taken advantage of the best way possible.