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Title General Info

The Region (periphereia) of Western Greece (RWG) is the local representation of the Central Government in Western Greece. It is a public regional authority, part of the second level of local-administration structure. It consists of 3 Regional Entities (former Prefectures), Achaia, Ileia and Aitoloakarnania (which have been abolished and they exist only as geographical indications and informal administrative units of the Region) and 19 municipalities. RWG counts more than 1000 employees, spread in 6 General Directorates, 2 Development enterprises (which are legal entities under private law) and the Regional Development Fund with a special Department for the implementation of European projects and other networking activities.

The Region of Western Greece (RWG) is managed by the Head of the Region, the Deputy Heads, the Regional Council, and the Committees of the Council, the Economic Committee and the Executive Committee.

The Region of Western Greece has responsibility for the administration of its local jurisdiction as it pertains to the social, financial, cultural and spiritual interests of its citizens. As a regional administration public authority aims at the design, implementation and monitoring of policies at regional level in accordance to sustainable development and social cohesion, taking into account national and European policies. The national Greek government supervises local government agencies, but is not to interfere in any local initiatives or actions and the state is required to provide funds necessary to fulfil the mandate of local government agencies.

Revenues come from both ordinary and extraordinary sources.
Ordinary revenue is derived from the State budget, property revenues, and established taxes and fees. Extraordinary revenues originate from sources like loans, inheritances, auctions, rents and fines.

The Region of Western Greece aims through In Compass to the Reinforcement of local entrepreneurship and support of existing enterprises, through policies that introduce new business models and innovative methodologies”
This general aim falls within WGR strategic aims of:
  • Reformation of the productive sector towards value-added services and products, incorporating technological progress and innovation.
  • Development of high-level synergies among diversified sectors and promotion of entrepreneurship with export orientation.
  • Leveraging endogenous human and economic capacity of the area in order to attract new investments



Title RIG

RIG’S composition

1. Regional Municipality Union - Western Greece Region
2. Manpower Employment Organisation
3. Technological Educational Institute of Patras
4. Technological Educational Institute of Messolonghi
5. Foundation for Research and Technology Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes
6. Computer Technology Institute and Press "Diophantus"
7. Federation of Peloponnese & Western Greece Industries
8. Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (Patras, Messolonghi-Nafpaktia, Agrinio, Aigio, Ilia-Olympia)
9. Port Authority of Patras
10. Chamber of Achaia
11. Chamber of ?lia
12. Chamber of Aitoloakarnania
13. Patras Science Park
14. Business Technology Association of Western Greece
15. Association of Business established in the Industrial Zone of Patras
16. University of Patras
17. Industrial Systems Institute



Title The Region

The Western Greece Region is one of the 13 Regions of Greece and stretches from the north-western part of the Peloponnese to the western tip of the Greek mainland. It is separated in 3 administrative districts, the regional divisions of Aitoloakarnania, Achaia, Elia and covers an area of 11.350 square kilometers (8,6% of the total area of Greece).The largest parts of the region are mountainous or hilly. The total population amounts around 740.000 inhabitants, which makes Western Greece Region the fourth most populated region in Greece. Its legal seat is located in Patras, the capital city of the Region.

The Region of Western Greece is a modern communication and transport hub that connects Greece to the rest of Europe. The busy port of Patras is not only the Region’s capital but also the country’s main gateway to Western Europe. Wesrern Greece Region has many attractions to show and hosts numerous challenges for the demanding guests. The region offers a range of emotions and opportunities for recreation, entertainment, leisure, rest and sight-seeing .
Whoever has the opportunity to visit Western Greece Region is certain to love the place and become a good friend who will visit it often.

The Western Greece Region  is the west gateway to Europe, offering easy access to some of the most important archaeological sites in the country: Ancient Olympia, Delphi, Epidaurus Temple of Apollo, Mycenae, Athens.
Western Greece Region is in 10th position among 13 Greek regions, regarding per capita GDP and below 75 percent of EU-27 average per capita GDP.

Education Overview: Western Greece Region has 3 Universities (University of Patras, University of Western Greece, Hellenic Open University) 2 Technological Educational Institutes (TEI of Patras, TEI of Messolonghi) end threeResearch Institutes (Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes, Industrial Systems Institute).
Industry: Western Greece Region offers two industrial zones (Industrial zone of Patras, Nautical Industrial zone of Astakos Port) and one park (Industrial park of Patras)



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InCompass Project is funded by the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the INTERREG IVC programme