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(21 - 05 - 2013)


On 20-21 May, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn is in the German Region Baden-Württemberg at the invitation of MEP Michael Theurer, to take stock of the use of the EU Structural Funds in one of Europe’s three most innovative regions.

Baden-Württemberg is home to a wealth of high-tech companies, including both well-known names such as Daimler, Bosch and Porsche and less famous ‘hidden champions’, as well as a great many small and medium-sized enterprises in the service and manufacturing sectors. The region’s economy is strongly export-focused.

The State government has drawn up a highly innovative regional development programme for 2014-2020 under the compelling title ‘Innovation and Energy Use’.

Baden-Württemberg is located in south-western Germany and is one of the country’s largest and most populous states.

The State’s labour force participation rate of 79 % is well above the German and EU averages, while the per capita GDP is 29 % above the EU average. The capital is Stuttgart.


What contribution does EU regional policy make?

For the 2007-2013 period, the State is receiving EUR 143 million from ERDF funds (approximately 0.5 % of the ERDF funds made available to Germany as a whole).

The investment priorities are as follows:

  • Research and technological development
  • Bolstering the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Integrated urban development in three cities (Mannheim, Pforzheim and Heilbronn) and in a number of other, rural communities
  • Promoting more environmentally friendly products and production processes
  • Energy efficiency and renewable energies.

Roughly 70% of the EU funds available for Baden-Württemberg for the 2007-2013 period have already been allocated.


Project examples

Kreativzentrum, Pforzheim: EU contribution: EUR 3.2 million

Historic, 19th century baths in Pforzheim, abandoned for years, are being transformed into a 3 000 m2 creative centre providing workshops, offices and meeting rooms for the cultural and creative industries. The centre will be available to start-ups, young entrepreneurs and creative people in advertising, design and fashion from summer 2014 onwards.

"Gmünder Wissenswerksatt": EU contribution: EUR 2.95 million

The city of Schwäbisch Gmünd has a high proportion of technical and industrial jobs and a similarly high proportion of young people with no training. The aim, in establishing the Gmünder Wissenswerkstatt für Technik und Technische Berufe [Gmünd Knowledge Workshop for Technology and Technical Occupations] as an extra-mural facility, is to improve the skills and enthusiasm for handling technology of those young people without training and thus to raise training rates.

"Förderung des Unternehmens Kiesling": EU contribution: EUR 100 000

Support from the EU’s Structural Funds has helped expand the company Kiesling, which manufactures recyclable reefer box bodies for cars and other vehicles. These modern reefer box bodies use less energy, and less waste is produced. Additional jobs are also being created in the border region with Bavaria, the Schwäbische Alb.

"Mafinex Technologiezentrum GmbH" EU contribution: EUR 7 million

The MAFINEX Technology Centre in Mannheim offers technology-focused new entrepreneurs and young, innovative companies the best possible chances for their start-up years. Around 40 companies providing around 200 jobs have already moved in. Top quality office and production areas, as well as seminar and presentation rooms, provide an optimum environment for businesses to move into.

More information:

EU Regional Funds in Baden-Württemberg