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IP/02/74

Brussels, 17 January 2002

Urban II programme: European Union contributes Euro 15 million to urban regeneration in Crotone, Italy

Michel Barnier, Commissioner responsible for regional policy, has announced the approval by the European Commission of a programme for urban regeneration in Crotone - Italy. This URBAN(1) Community Initiative Programme will provide € 15 million from the European Union over the period 2000-2006. The European funding has attracted € 10 million in further investment from the public sector creating total resources of € 25 million. Priorities will include training, improvements of the physical and the business environment and various measures to promote the inclusion of disadvantaged groups, particularly into the labour market.

Announcing the decision, Michel BARNIER said: "URBAN programmes are characterised by their creative and innovative approach to urban regeneration. These programmes have a strong "grassroots" emphasis, involving local people at all stages in the decision making process. The programme for Crotone is no exception. It mobilises a strong local partnership and I fully endorse the programme priorities of social inclusion, training and renewing the business infrastructure and the physical environment. I am confident that this programme will make a substantial contribution to urban regeneration in Crotone."

The programme covers a surface area of 8.4 km2 with 50,200 inhabitants along the shoreline. The area is crossed by main roads and railroads and includes industrial areas, recent urban sprawl, a part of the historical centre and neighbourhoods along the Esaro river and the shoreline. The situation is characterised by severe social and economic problems: derelict industrial areas (a decline of the industrial sector), unemployment, crime, poverty, lack of equal opportunities, decaying buildings and public spaces as well as environmental pollution.

However, the ancient settlement of Kroton (700 BC) and the significant industrial archaeology site (late 19th century disused industrial area) are going to be rehabilitated in order to diversify the economy and to increase the archaeological and tourist sector.

The programme focuses on the following priorities:

Mixed land use, environmentally friendly redevelopment: Projects to be funded concern rehabilitation of contaminated areas, a seismic activities map and security measures, natural environment improvement (water, differentiated refuse collection), rehabilitation of buildings and open spaces and the conservation of cultural heritage (Community contribution: € 11.9 million).

Entrepreneurship and employment pacts: Funding is available for the creation of small and medium-sized enterprises, handicraft and trade support, training, tourism and cultural heritage promotion and tourism sector development measures (Community contribution: € 2 million).

Environmentally friendly transport: Activities focus on the re-organisation of the transport system and an intelligent control system (Community contribution: € 0.2 million).

An additional amount of € 0.9 million (Community contribution) will finance technical assistance.

As with all URBAN programmes, this programme will be funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the responsibility of Mr Barnier.

URBAN

The goal of the URBAN Community Initiative is "economic and social regeneration of cities and of neighbourhoods in crisis in order to promote sustainable urban development". The second round of URBAN ("URBAN II") will cover the period 2000-2006, supporting 70 deprived urban areas across the EU. Total funding from the EU alone will be € 728.3 million and this will attract at least as much again in matched funding from both public and private sectors.

The total URBAN allocation for Italy amounts to € 114.8 million. Programmes have been submitted for Torino, Milan, Genoa, Carrara, Pescara, Caserta, Taranto, Mola di Bari, Crotone and Misterbianco.

A particular feature of URBAN II is the development of innovative models for urban regeneration. Another feature is a strong emphasis on partnership and on involving local actors. There will also be an exchange of information and experience on sustainable urban development across the European Union.

URBAN II is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Funding is available for initiatives such as the renovation of buildings and public spaces, local employment initiatives, the improvement of education and training systems for disadvantaged groups, the development of environmentally friendly public transport systems, the introduction of more efficient energy management systems and the use of renewable energy, developing the potential created by information society technologies.

The Commission adopts programmes, which are proposed by a partnership including local and community groups. These programmes run for the whole of the period 2000-2006 and local actors are involved at all stages in this process.

Managing Authority

The Managing Authority for the Crotone URBAN II Programme is the Town Council of Crotone:

Comune di Crotone

Assessorato all'Urbanistica

Dott.ssa Anna Maria Monizzi

Piazza della Resistenza

I - 88900 Crotone

Phone : +39 (0) 962 921408

Fax. +39 (0) 962 921332

E-mail: mtmonizzi@libero.it

Further information

More detailed information on the URBAN II programme be found in MEMO/01/301 or at the following websites:

European Commission : http://www.inforegio.ec.europa.eu/urban/

Government Office: http://www.infrastrutturetrasporti.it

(1) See below for a description of URBAN II.


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