Culture Ministry Fails to Include Amphipolis Monument in EU-Funded Program

Greece’s Ministry of Culture is making an effort to correct the mistake of not including the Amphipolis tomb in the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) EU-funded program for 2014-2020.

Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou explained that there was a misunderstanding regarding the application deadline to the Region of Central Macedonia where the site belongs. The regional authority that handles the NSRF funds rejected the proposal to include the project in the 2010-2020 program.

The minister answered to a parliamentary question posed by main opposition New Democracy MP Foteini Arabatzi, who brought the issue to the parliament’s attention.

“Obviously, there was a lack of communication and delayed contact, and that was the reason we had this rejection. However, we are interested in moving ahead with this brilliant project together in co-operation, because only in co-operation we can achieve things. There is a historical role that we perceive – all of us, but above all, the Ministry of Culture agencies and the people that you have admitted that they did a brilliant work,” was Koniordou’s answer to the opposition lawmaker.

The Minister of Culture said that a new meeting will take place on September 20, so that more clarifications needed would be given in order for the project to advance and be incorporated in the NSRF 2014-2020 program.