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A new €18 million grant for Sicilian Metropolitan Cities is on the way

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ROMA, Saturday, March 30, 2019 (MERCURPRESS.IT) - Suburban redevelopment, urban lighting, digitization of local government administrative processes, social inclusion services and measures to combat poverty. These are some of the areas in which the metropolitan cities of Palermo, Catania and Messina will be able to operate thanks to approximately 18 million POC funds to be added to those already approved.

The State-Regions Conference, attended by the Vice President of the Sicilian Government and Councillor for the Economy, Gaetano Armao, granted the green light for the increasing of the funds of the Complementary Operational Programme of Cohesion Action "Metropolitan Cities" 2014-2020, approved by the CIPE in 2016, which makes available to six cities belonging to the so-called less developed regions (Calabria, Campania, Puglia and Sicily) a total financial allocation of about 200 million euros to finance operations complementary to the strategic plant of the PON Metro.

The additional resources will be allocated, in equal measure for an amount of 5.6 million euros per city, as part of the actions complementary to the strategies of the PON Metro and the remaining part, amounting to 392,000 euros will increase the budget for technical assistance.

For Sicily, these funds will be made available to the metropolitan cities of Palermo, Catania and Messina to support the process of development and cohesion of the relevant metropolitan cities by financing innovative projects aimed at consolidating existing functional relations at supra-territorial and inter-municipal level.

In particular, the funding will be aimed at digitizing the administrative processes of municipalities and their in house companies (Digital Metropolitan Agenda); reducing energy consumption in buildings and public facilities: municipalities will be able, in other words, to modernize and replace lighting sources with low-consumption materials (sustainable public lighting); cities will then be able to buy new environmentally friendly public transport (school buses and mini electric buses for historic centers or on demand in peripheral areas).

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