The goal of “ν+2” has been over-fulfilled
The goal of “ν+2” has been fulfilled for 2006 by the Operational Programme “Information Society” – since the absorption of public expenditure exceeds by 55% its budget – and for the third consecutive year the O.P. fulfilled the objectives relating to projects’ implementation and absorption of expenditure.
In March 2004 – in the middle of the 2000-2008 Programmed period– the Programme was at an extremely low point of progress (just 11.8% of the public expenditure’s budget) and there was danger of loosing resources. In addition, the programme was left behind compared to the total progress of the 3rd CSF.
Since 2004 and in 3 years only – following its rationalization and drastic acceleration – the Programme quintupled its performance in terms of projects’ implementation for the utilization of new technologies in all aspects of society and approached for the first time the implementation rates of the 3rd CSF.
On the occasion of accomplishment of the goals of the Operational Programme “Information Society”, the Minister of National Economy and Finance stated: “Since March 2004 we have set the goal of reversing the up to then bad progress of Greece with regard to information and communications technologies. We reformed and significantly accelerated the “Information Society” Programme which has been underestimated in the past. We utilize efficiently its possibilities within the framework of the 2006-2013 Digital Strategy, which was planned by us from the beginning. Our effort is fruitful, since for the third consecutive year the Programme’s goals are accomplished. But we do not stop here. It is extremely encouraging that citizens and enterprises more and more refer to the benefits of the information projects that are being implemented and are leaving behind them an era during which the “Information Society” was the subject of a discussion exclusively dedicated to accounting figures. And in the sector of new technologies and Internet, our country is now turning page leaving behind its bad past”.