The five “pillars” of the projects that are at the core of the strategic targeting by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.
The five “pillars” of action and initiatives with which the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport estimates that Greece will be upgraded are defined by many small and large projects across the countrywhich are implemented, such as the Thessaloniki Metro, the E65 highway, the Patra-Pyrgos highway, the Aktio-Ambrakia road connection, the Northern Crete Road Axis, the Flyover in Thessaloniki, the Bralos-Amfissa and Ioannina-Kakavia road axes.
Regarding financial sources used by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport for the implementation of new projects and the maintenance of existing ones, these are national and European resources, with the participation and contribution of the private sector, through – among others – concessions and Public and Private Sector Contracts.
The resources, from the national and co-financed part, of the new programming period.
The Recovery and Resilience Fund, through the existing allocation of resources and the redistribution of amounts.
The Solidarity Fund of the European Union, for the restoration of damages suffered by the affected areas of the Regions of Thessaly and Central Greece.
Lending – on good terms – from the European Investment Bank and the Development Bank of the Council of Europe.
The financing of the projects through a more healthy and stable banking system today.
The utilization of resources through the existing and future Mechanism under the title “Connecting Europe Facility”.
The extraction of resources from the State Budget itself, through the utilization of fiscal space, which has been steadily created in recent years.
The strengthening of electric mobility, with the aim of the “green transition” in transport
With the publication of a Joint Ministerial Decision, the “Moving Electric 2” Program is strengthened, which concerns the granting of incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles by private individuals. Specifically, the budget of the Action is increased to 65 million euros, and, at the same time, the possibility of transferring unused resources from one category of vehicles to another, for which the resources have been exhausted, is provided. A deadline of 45 days is set for the beneficiary to submit a vehicle order form, with an advance payment or a time lease agreement with an advance payment. The regulation concerns applications that have already been approved and included or will be included in an affiliation decision.
The deadline for submitting applications to the Action is extended by 4 months, i.e. it extends until April 30, 2024. The above regulations limit the number of applications that remain inactive and free up resources for the submission of new applications by individuals or legal entities, who have the possibility to proceed directly to the purchase of an electric vehicle.
The supply of 250 new electric buses for the renewal of the urban transport fleet of Athens and Thessaloniki, end of April 2024
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport announced its intention to finance from the Sectoral Development Program (SDP) Infrastructure and Transport, the configuration of the train stations and the charging infrastructure of the electric buses expected in the spring of 2024, which calls on the Urban Transport Organization of Thessaloniki ( OASTH) and “Road Transport SA” to submit proposals to the relevant program. The two agencies will receive 21,200,000 euros, after submitting the proposals to the Information System.
Development of a sustainable urban mobility model
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport attaches particular importance to the sustainable planning of transport systems, not only at the level of central administration, through the large projects implemented that I mentioned to you, but also sets Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUPs) as the main planning tool for the Municipalities and Regions. The establishment of the SBAK in our country preceded the actions that are taking place in the European Union in the current period for the mandatory preparation of the SBAK by the urban nodes of the TEN-T, i.e. for Greece by 17 designated OTAs, as provided for by the revision of the relevant regulation which it is completed next year (2024). The SBAKs explicitly define the policy areas in which mobility planning proposes measures, such as the strengthening of Mass Transport, gentle ways of moving, road safety, accessibility for all, etc., with the common denominator being the reduction of motorized traffic and the improvement of travel conditions in our cities.