The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide support of 125 million euros to further strengthen digitalisation projects undertaken by Greece’s Digital Governance Ministry.
The financing will be directed towards projects that will be of immediate benefit to the Greek public, but also works that will produce indirect benefits by enhancing parts of the public administration where the state and citizens interact.
- The first category includes projects such as “Wi-Fi GR”, which aims to create 3,000 hot spots in public areas across Greece and the digitalisation of public health services.
- The second category consists of schemes such as the creation of teleconferencing networks in courts and prisons.
- Special emphasis will be placed on innovation, the development of digital skills among citizens and adapting to the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution through the financing of actions such as National Digital Innovation Hubs.
The program will be implemented over a five-year period.
The agreement was signed in Athens by Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister of Finance and EIB Governor Christos Staikouras and EIB Vice President for Greece, Christian Kettel Thomsen.
“This project represents the first time that the European Investment Bank has supported public sector digitalisation anywhere in Europe, indeed around the world, in a dedicated and targeted programme” EIB Vice President for Greece Christian Kettel Thomsen said. “Our technical colleagues have learnt key lessons from joint preparations and due diligence that will be shared to strengthen implementation of similar schemes elsewhere in Europe.”
The Greek government says that in 2022 the progress in Greece’s digital transformation will start to align with the implementation of major technology and information technology works.