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The Madrid Region is located at the geographic centre of the Iberian Peninsula and it borders the Autonomous Communities of Castilla-La Mancha and Castilla y Leon. It covers an area of 8030.1 km2 and it has 6,489,680 inhabitants.

Madrid has a dynamic economy that represents more than 17.7% of Spain's GDP. The regional GDP per capita of Madrid is the highest of Spain (33% higher than the national average) and it is 129% of the EU average. The region has a set of factors that allows a significant productive potential, including its geographic location, core of the infrastructures network, and its extensive and modern telecommunications. Madrid's economy is particularly focused on the services sector, which generates more than 78% of the regional GDP.

What are the Region’s priorities?

The Community and Madrid focuses its resources on three areas:

  • Promote innovation, entrepreneurship and growth of the knowledge economy through research and innovation capacities, including new information technologies and communication and development of the information society in the region.

  • Increase the attractiveness of the region by improving accessibility, ensuring adequate quality and level of services and preserving the environment.

  • Contribute to the creation of more and better jobs.

In concrete terms, from 2007-2013,
  • 61.6% of ERDF funds are devoted to invest in the knowledge-based economy, innovation and business development, which is the main pillar of the program with the aim of improving knowledge and innovation for knowledge to consolidate Madrid's leadership of at national level and strengthen its position within the European Union.

  • 17.4% of ERDF funds are invested in energy resources and transport services, which will promote energy efficiency and improve the accessibility and quality of life of all citizens in the region.

  • 20.8% of ERDF funds are committed to sustainable urban development, through actions to promote tourism services, protection of natural and cultural heritage and cultural infrastructure development.

How has EU regional policy contributed?

Spain is often cited as a good example of how EU funding can be used to modernize a country and its economy. In the 20 years following accession (1986-2006) Spain became the greatest beneficiary of EU solidarity, receiving some €100 billion.

In the period 2000-2006 Madrid received a support of €1290 million. Thanks to ERDF funds, over 22,000 companies have benefited from the business development programs, more than 28,000 hectares of countryside have been restored and more than 3,300 researchers have received support.
Moreover, more than 12,000 entrepreneurs have been supported, vocational training has been improved benefiting 200,000 people. 13,000 disabled people have found a job and the quality of life of about 50,000 people at risk of exclusion has been improved.

In the current period of structural funding (2007-2013) Spain will be the second greatest beneficiary (after Poland), with Madrid receiving nearly €337 million.

Project examples

    - Extension of Metro Line 11

    The Metro of Madrid is one of the longest and fast growing metros in the world. This new extension allows a significant improvement in the accessibility of the district of La Fortuna, whose population is forecast to grow by almost 50% over the next 10 years. It will provide transportation services for 18 000 users. It receives €41.9 million from ERDF.

    - Keeping Madrid clean and green

    The project forms part of the Madrid Water Re-Use plan that covers a series of actions to be taken on a zone-by-zone basis across the city, to the benefit of around three million inhabitants.

    - High Speed Train link Madrid-Barcelona-France

    The High-Speed Train link Madrid – Barcelona – France received Cohesion Funding for 72% of the project. The high speed train Madrid-Barcelona-Frontera francesa is already finished. The final stop on the corridor which links to European high-speed networks is the international Figueres-Perpignan section which has been running since December 2010. This high speed train can reach up to 300km/hour.

    - High-speed Mediterranean corridor (Madrid-East Coast) One of Europe’s newest high-speed rail lines will soon be opened for business, linking Madrid to Spain’s east coast, facing the Mediterranean. It is expected to cut local journey times significantly and create better links between fairly remote areas. It should also encourage some commuters to abandon their cars for more environmentally friendly train travel.

Further information

Madrid Operational Programme