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Inter-Ministerial coordination was strengthened for the drafting of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF 2007- 2013)[1] in which the principles of the NSDS were embedded. Moreover, under MEECC a new Service for the Coordination of all Environmental Activities that are being carried out by all government entities (central Ministries and Regional Authorities) has been established aiming to effectively coordinate planned and implemented interventions related to environment, as a cross-cutting issue, in the context of all sectoral and Regional Operational Programmes under the NSRF (2007-2013).

The Special Service for Coordination of Environmental Projects is the competent authority for monitoring and assessing the integration of the horizontal environmental issues derived by the European Environmental Acquis into the Greek Cohesion Policy 2014-2020.

The National Development Strategy (NDS) for the current programming period 2014-2020 expressed by the Greek Partnership Agreement (PA) 2014-2020 which was approved by the European Committee on 23/5/2014 with a budget of 26 billion Euro. The Greek PA has integrated the Sustainable Development Principle with reference to the article 8 of the Common Provision Regulation (CPR 1303/2013) promoting the environmental protection requirements, resource efficiency, climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity, disaster resilience and risk prevention and management through investments under the thematic priorities of the ERDF, CF, EAFRD, EMFF.

Moreover, the 11 thematic objectives, set out by the CPR (1303/2013) of the FSI funds, are in line with the Sustainable Development Principle and with the Union’s aim at preserving, protecting and improving the quality of the environment taking into consideration the Polluter Pays Principle (PPP). With regard to supporting of climate change mitigation and adaptation in the context of the Cohesion policy programs, the Greek OPs and ROPs have allocated 20% of their budget to support climate change objectives according to the methodology for the calculation of CC support by ESI Funds as it described in the articles 1,2 & 3 of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 215/2014.

In addition, the Special Service for Coordination of Environmental Projects (SSCEP), has produced guidelines related to the MEECC’s Environmental Development Strategy for the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020. These guidelines provided by the Ministry’s website: . Furthermore, the SSCEP has been in close cooperation with all the Competent Managing Authorities for integrating the Sustainable Development Principle into the OPs and the ROPs submitted on 17/7/2014 in the European Committee.

The implementation of the new Strategy of MEECC on “Green Growth” that reflects the overall government orientation and focus requires a close cooperation between all relevant Ministry and Government Agencies as well as a reach out to the private sector and other social stakeholders. The Strategy itself aims at economic growth, increase of investment opportunities, creation of jobs, reduction of unemployment, revitalising degraded urban and rural areas, social cohesion, education on sustainable development and increased democracy, through an integrated and sustainable use of natural resources. These goals extend beyond the tasks and responsibilities of MEECC and focus on the real economy.

For example, in the context of the new MEECC Strategy, the government has set the goal of reaching a ‘resource efficient and low carbon economy’. Thus all related Services throughout competent Ministries are coordinating their work to achieve this target. Two indicative programmes that will contribute to the implementation of the Strategy and require horizontal integration include:

·         “In-house saving” is a public-private venture with the active participation of the banking sector and aluminum frame producers, for providing no or low interest loans to house and shop owners for replacing door and window frames with special new ones that ensure best heating and cooling performance and insulation, thus, resulting in a considerable decrease in energy requirements.

·         “Building the future” is a larger scale programme that entails the pilot application of the principles of “green growth” in selected indicative geographic and sectoral areas like an island, 3 urban neighborhoods, a rural village, selected military camps and selected industrial sectors that will be linked to academic research in order to invest in development of new materials for energy saving.   

Another example of effective horizontal integration is the establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Committee on “Green Public Procurement and Integrated Product Policy”. More than 5 Ministries actively participate in the works of this Committee that will lead to policy recommendations for changing the related legal framework in the country.

Greece is also participating in the Bureau of the ESD Steering Committee, supporting, inter alia, the strengthening of the cooperation and synergies with other bodies starting to be involved in ESD issues, like the Union for the Mediterranean.

In this respect, Greece has been working in depth in promoting activities implementing the three priority areas as decided at the 7th Meeting of the Steering Committee on ESD, namely (a) to ensure that there is an education for sustainable development school plan in every school by 2015; (b) to promote the introduction of ESD into teacher education; and (c) to reorient technical and vocational education and training in support of sustainable development and the transition to a green economy; through decisions and circulars, in line with the endorsed work plan for the 3rd phase of the implementation of the Strategy. 

Moreover, regarding the preparation of national goals in the framework of the post 2015 Development agenda discussions in the OWG on SDGs, Greece  under the leadership of the  Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has prepared the national priority areas through interministerial collaboration during  the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the EU (A semester 2014). 



This Country Profile has been last updated on: Thursday, 31 January 2019

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