EU funds to be made available to Greece through the new National Strategic Reference Framework (2021-2027) for the country’s decarbonization effort are estimated to reach at least 600 million euros, sources have informed.
The NSRF amount is expected to be double the 300 million euros to be received by Greece through the Just Transition Fund, also for decarbonization projects.
The national contribution, expected to range between 10 and 20 percent, or roughly 150 million euros, will take the overall decarbonization amount to about one or 1.1 billion euros.
These funds will be used to fund a smooth post-lignite transition for Greece’s west Macedonia region in the country’s north and Megalopoli in the Peloponnese, both lignite-dependent local economies.
Two or three major foreign investments are expected to also draw private capital.
A change of mentality will be needed in both regions for sufficient post-lignite project development enabling full absorption of the support funds.
NSRF absorption in the entire west Macedonia region has been limited to just 200 million euros over the past few years.