Nikos Lampropoulos

Economy & Jobs 18-04-2018

ESPON Director: We need joint projects, activities to make Cohesion Policy successful

Territorial Cooperation has a limited spending scope and must be integrated into the mainstream cohesion policy funds, where there is a substantial amount of investment available, the director of ESPON EGTC, Ilona Raugze, told EURACTIV in an interview. ESPON EGTC...
Economy & Jobs 16-04-2018

Cretu: One legislation for cross-border projects

Corina Crețu, the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, supports the possibility for two member states working on cross-border cooperation projects to voluntarily choose the legislation from one of the two countries.
Economy & Jobs 29-03-2018

Cretu: EU’s Interreg programmes need to be revised, simplified

The European Territorial Programmes, known as Interreg, will need to be reshaped and streamlined because they are fragmented and often hampered by red tape and national borders, Commissioner Corina Crețu told an event in the European Parliament.
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2018

Cuts to regional funding will be modest, assures EU budget chief

There are no guarantees that EU Cohesion funds will not be cut in the next seven-year budget but the cuts will be “less than 10%, probably near 5%”, the EU's Budget commissioner said on Thursday (22 March).
Economy & Jobs 21-03-2018

EU auditors: Public-private partnerships suffer from widespread shortcomings

A report by the European Court of Auditors Risk on the effectiveness of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Europe has found significant shortcomings ranging from insufficient competition and significant delays to cost increases and lack of comparative analyses.
Economy & Jobs 15-03-2018

Regions back bigger EU budget, with ‘cohesion for all’

European regions support the idea of an ambitious EU budget with new own recourses and increase of the member states’ contribution, in line with a recent European Parliament report on the future of the EU finances.
Economy & Jobs 12-03-2018

Five things to know about EU regional policy cuts

The debate over the EU's post-2020 budget (MFF) has cast a shadow on the future of the EU main investment policy. Francesco Molica and Nikos Lampropoulos look at what could happen next and what's at stake.
Economy & Jobs 01-03-2018

Hatzidakis: Europe cannot become better with less money

Less money won’t make Europe better, Kostas Hatzidakis, vice president of the main Greek opposition party, New Democracy (EPP), told EURACTIV Greece in an interview. He also stressed he would favour the Cohesion policy to focus on Europe's less developed areas and Financial Instruments to ensure less bureaucracy and more flexibility.
Agrifood 21-02-2018

Greek stakeholders ask for less red tape in major rural development programme

Simplified application procedures and better communication among local, national and European stakeholders are the priorities for the improvement of Leader programmes which finance rural development projects, a new study has found. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Economy & Jobs 08-02-2018

Building the next generation of macro-regions

The time has come to consider equipping EU macro-regional strategies with dedicated means, structures, and rules to make them deliver, write Francesco Molica and Nikos Lampropoulos.  
Economy & Jobs 09-01-2018

Financial instruments: A paradigm shift in the next EU budget

The (much) higher use of loans and guarantees foreseen in the MFF post-2020 will produce significant changes in the management model of EU funding, and could even herald a structural evolution in the European project as a whole, write Francesco Molica and Nikos Lampropoulos.
Economy & Jobs 12-12-2017

Stockholm mayor: Cohesion policy is strongest form of EU solidarity

Stockholm produces more billion dollar companies than any other place outside Silicon Valley and the European Commission recently proclaimed it Europe's most innovative region. Mayor Karin Wanngård explained how her city hangs onto its talent and why it is such a popular breeding ground for 'unicorns'.
Economy & Jobs 06-12-2017

EIB vice-president: Only municipalities with healthy budgets will be funded

Healthy and sufficient budgets are prerequisites for the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) investment tools and resources to be used by municipalities and regions, Vazil Hudák told EURACTIV Greece in an interview.  
Economy & Jobs 04-12-2017

Crețu: Austria and Germany are still recycling Marshall Plan funds

The European cohesion policy can be inspired by the post-World War II Marshall Plan model and achieve by 2023 added value of 3-4 euros for every euro invested in the 2014-2020 period, Regional Policy Commissioner Corina Crețu told EURACTIV Greece in an interview.
Economy & Jobs 13-10-2017

Trans-Europe Express: What do the regions really want?

A week full of debates and events about European regions and cities is over. Once again –for the 15th subsequent year- more than 6,000 participants around Europe gathered in Brussels to take part in what used to be a loose get-together and is now a well (maybe too well) structured multilevel event with thematic priorities and goals.
Economy & Jobs 06-10-2017

Greece’s investment woes continue

Fresh doubt has been thrown on one of the biggest investment plans in Greece, the redevelopment of the old Athens airport in Ellinikon, since the Central Archeological Council (KAS) defined 120 hectares intended for residential construction as an archeological site.
Health 22-02-2017

Greek pharma boss: Patients are punished when innovation is penalised

Patients are “punished” due to a lack of innovation-driven structural reforms in a crisis-hit public health system, the head of the Greek pharma industry said in an interview with Euractiv Greece.
Regional Policy 24-01-2017

Greek regional governor: Local economies need leverage to ‘breathe’

A new development fund launched in northern Greece aims to boost SMEs’ role in the local economy and simultaneously ensure transparency in financial management, the governor of the Western Macedonia region told EURACTIV Greece.
Future EU 18-01-2017

Pick-and-choose populism and the EU elite

EU leaders cannot exploit populism when it suits them and then complain when things do not go their way. We need strong leadership from the political mainstream to turn things around, write Petroula Nteledimou and Nikos Lampropoulos.

Academic: ‘Clear evidence that cohesion policy has a significant impact’

The EU’s cohesion policy, which aims at closing the development gap between rich and poor regions, has succeeded in boosting local growth although many people aren't aware of it, professor John Bachtler said in an interview with EURACTIV Greece.

Katainen: Juncker Plan to spur lending to Greek SMEs

EXCLUSIVE / The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) will support recapitalised Greek banks to implement EU investment plans for small and medium-sized enterprises, European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen told EURACTIV Greece.
Euro & Finance 02-03-2016

Is cohesion policy under threat?

Cohesion Policy, the European Union’s main investment policy tool, is soon to face a struggle for survival. One that could threaten the core values of solidarity and convergence of regional disparities on which the EU has been built up, write Nikos Lampropoulos and Francesco Molica.