During an informational session in Heraklion, it was revealed that the region of Crete is one of the nine chosen regions in Europe to build a clean hydrogen valley. This initiative aims to produce clean hydrogen for various purposes, including energy, transportation, and industrial sectors.
George Alexakis and Theodore Georgakopoulos participated in a panel discussion on the European Union’s energy policy during the “The European Union in Crete” educational event. Topics covered included the “green agreement,” “fit for 55,” and “the EU’s leadership role in the global fight against climate change.”
Elvira Forte, press secretary for the European Parliament office in Greece, emphasized the importance of whether the Union’s members would respond to crises more effectively individually or collectively. Nellis Paleologu, a representative of the EU in Greece, explained that the purpose of the educational activities is to educate people about what Europe is doing in the world.
The regional governor of Crete, Stavros Arnautakis, highlighted that EU policies are converted into initiatives in Crete. He explained that the Recovery Fund is a significant challenge to overcome and that the Region develops specific recommendations for issues like the BOAK, management of solid and liquid waste, and proposals for the agriculture industry.
The new program for 2021-2027 aims to increase investment in research and innovation, economic change, and business digitization. The support for the regions is broken down into two main fundamental components: the regional programs and eight sectoral programs. There are additional initiatives like the Horizon program for research or the agricultural strategic plans.
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The educational activities aim to disseminate information about the outcomes of the various financing provided to Crete and other regions. The purpose is to lessen regional imbalances and promote the EU’s policies.