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EU hails new Pompeii measures

'Very concrete' says Hahn

05 March, 17:00
EU hails new Pompeii measures (see previous).

(ANSA) - Brussels, March 5 - The European Commission on Wednesday hailed Italy's new measures to protect the world-famous ancient Roman city of Pompeii after the latest in a string of collapses. "I welcome with great favour the very concrete measures announced yesterday by the culture minister (Dario Franceschini) to safeguard Pompeii," Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn told ANSA.

"Our commitment remains firm and we are ready to consider new financing from the (regional) planning funding (earmarked) for 2014-2020," Hahn said.

The EU has already allocated 105 million for Pompeii, which new superintendent Massimo Osanna said Wednesday he hoped would be spent by the end of next year, "even though that will be tough".

On Tuesday Franceschini announced two million euros for emergency repairs and said he would free up a further 50 million held up by red tape.