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Pompeii: EU funds to highlight jewel of European heritage

Apr 12, 2017 | News

(12 April 2017) – Today, the Commission is allocating almost €50 million from the European Regional Development Fund to the continuation of the renovation and preservation works on the iconic Italian archaeological site.

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After the completion of the restoration works co-financed by the EU Cohesion Policy, the Ancient Roman city of Pompeii, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is expected to welcome almost 200 000 additional tourists per year.

The €50 million investment package finances the consolidation of the structures and ancient buildings of the archaeological site in order to restore its urban character, the construction of a water canalisation and drainage system, other restoration and enhancement works as well as training for the staff.

The EU started supporting renovation works in Pompeii in the 2000-2006 financial period, and adopted the Pompeii “major project”, worth €105 million overall, in 2007-2013. Today’s decision will allow this project to be completed with funds from the 2014-2020 period.

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