ΘΑλΕΙΑ 2021-2027

1st Meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Cohesion Policy Programme “THALIA 2021-2027”

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On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, the first meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Cohesion Policy Programme “THALIA 2021-2027” was held in Paphos. The meeting was conducted together with the meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Cohesion Policy Programmes 2014-2020 and aimed to inform the Members of the Committees about the implementation progress of the Programmes.

The President of the Committees was the General Manager of the Directorate General Growth, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Theodosis Tsiolas. The members were constituted by representatives of the involved Ministries and public Authorities, Local Authorities, economic and social partners, citizens of society, research organisations and universities. Representatives of the European Commission with an advisory capacity participated also in the Committee. From the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, the Assistant General Manager, Ms. Andriana Sukova attended, and from the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, the Director, Mr. Nicola de Michelis attended.

In his speech, the General Director informed the members for the significant implementation progress of the Programmes 2014-2020, as well as that Cyprus ranks among the first five Member States as regards the absorption of EU funds. More specifically, until today, from the total available European funds of the Programme “Competitiveness and Sustainable Development”, approximately the 88% has been collected  by the European Commission, while from the total available European funds of the Programme “Employment, Human Resources and Social Cohesion”, the 97%  has been collected.

A special presentation  for the completed projects concerning the confrontation of the pandemic was made from the additional flexibility and funding that the Republic of Cyprus received through the European initiatives CRII and REACT-EU. These are the Employees and Businesses Support Schemes and the actions in the health sector, such as  vaccines, drugs, equipment, molecular and other tests.

During the second part of the Meeting, the key elements of the new Cohesion Policy Programme “THALIA 2021-2027” amounted to €1.8 bil. were presented. The Programme is expected to contribute vitally in the modernisation and the economic and social growth of the country for the next seven years. According to the Economic Impact Assessment, investments promoted in the framework of the Programme “THALIA 2021-2027” are expected to have a long-term (until 2029), positive impacts in the increase of the GDP of Cyprus, by approximately 5.9%, and increase of the employment with the creation of approximately 8.500 new work positions.

At the same time, project selection criteria were approved, through which the projects to be co-financed will be evaluated and selected.

It was also presented the website of the Cohesion Policy Programme “THALIA 2021-2027” (thalia.com.cy), as well as the European Funds Portal 2021-2027, (eufunds.com.cy) through which access is provided to the websites of all  Programmes, co-funded  by the EU, that are implemented in Cyprus in the period 2021-2027.

In the framework of informing the members for the projects of the Programme, two projects were presented by the representatives of the competent authorities, the “Tuition and Feeding Incentive Scheme for Children up to 4 years old” for which a press conference took place on October 25, 2022 and the “Sustainable Development of  Akamas National Forest Park”.  

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