EU approves funding for Pompeii restoration
|Pompeii [Credit: ItalyMag]|
Commenting on the approval, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn stated: "We have given the green light for this major restoration, not only in the interest of Italy, but for the whole European historical heritage. I am confident that this will have a positive impact on the tourism sector and economy in the area, and by extension on the lives of all citizens in the region."
The investment comes through a programme called "Attrattori culturali, naturali e turismo" designed to support the cultural, natural and tourist attractions in Campania, Puglia, Calabria and Sicily from 2007-2013. The programme has been amended to redirect investment towards this project.
In 2000-2006, the European regional policy already supported 22 restoration projects on the Pompeii site worth €7.7 million from ERDF (50% of their total cost).
The Pompeii project will undertake:
- consolidation of the structures of the archaeological site, starting with the areas ranked "high risk" pursuant to the 'Archaeological Risk Map';
- to build a water canalisation and drainage system in the non-excavated state property area leaning over the ancient buildings;
- to implement the consolidation, restoration and enhancement works in line with the method of programmed preservation;
- to improve the training of staff, working on site for the 'Special Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of Naples and Pompeii' (SANP).
Some preparations (staff recruitment etc) have already begun. There are 39 individual projects ready to begin in sequence once they receive the final green light. Together with the Italian authorities, before the end of April decisions should be taken on when works should start and about a further timeframe for the completion of the project.
Source: Europa [March 29, 2012]