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Objective 1: eligible regions

The eligible regions are:

  • regions where the GDP per head is at or below 75% of the Community average;
  • the thinly populated regions of Finland and Sweden (fewer than 8 people per sq.km);
  • the outermost regions (French Overseas Departments, Canary Islands, Azores and Madeira).
  • Germany: Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia
  • Greece: East Macedonia, Thrace, Central Macedonia, West Macedonia, Thessaly, Epirus, Ionian Islands, Western Greece, Continental Greece, Peloponnese, Attica, North Aegean, South Aegean, Crete (the whole of the Greek territory)
  • Spain: Galicia, Asturias Principality, Castile-Leon, Castile-La Mancha, Extremadura, Valencia, Andalusia, region of Murcia, Ceuta-Melilla, Canary Islands
  • France: Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Réunion
  • Italy: Campania, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicily, Sardinia
  • Ireland: Border, Midlands and Western
  • Austria: Burgenland
  • Portugal: North, Centre, Alentejo, Algarve, Azores, Madeira
  • Finland: East Finland, Central Finland (in part), North Finland (in part)
  • Sweden: North-Central Sweden (in part), Central Norrland (in part), Upper Norrland (in part)
  • Czech Republic : Strědní Cěchy, Jihozápad, Severozápad, Severovýhod, Jihovýchod, Strědní Morava, Moravskoslezsko
  • Estonia : Eesti
  • Latvia : Latvija
  • Lithuania : Lietuva
  • Hungary : Közép-Magyarország, Közép-Dunántúl, Nyugat-Dunántúl, Dél-Dunántúl, Észak-Magyarország,Észak-Alföld, Dél-Alföld
  • Malta : Malta
  • Poland : Dolnośląskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Lubelskie, Lubuskie, Łódzkie, Małopolskie, Mazowieckie, Opolskie, Podkarpackie, Podlaskie, Pomorskie, Śląskie, Świętokrzyskie, Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Wielkopolskie, Zachodniopomorskie
  • Slovenia : Slovenija
  • United Kingdom: South Yorkshire, West Wales & The Valleys, Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, Merseyside
  • Slovakia : Západné Slovensko, Stredné Slovensko, Východné Slovensko

Population covered by Objective 1 between 2000 and 2006 (millions of inhabitants)

D DE
14,153
IRL IRL
0,965
FIN FI
1,076
EL EL
10,476
I I
19,302
SV SV
0, 452
E ES
23,219
A A
0,275
UK UK
5,079
F FR
1,644
P PT
0,275
CZ UK
9,095
EE FR
1,379
HU FR
10,238
LT FR
3,531
LV FR
2,391
MT FR
0,387
PL FR
38,654
SI FR
1,986
SK FR
4,779
  EU 25
155,697

 

Transitional support

The new rules provide for transitional support in the regions which were eligible for Objective 1 during the period 1994-99 but ceased to be so in 2000. This decreasing aid system can avoid sudden termination of Community support and consolidate the gains from structural aid in the previous period.

The following must be distinguished:

  • areas meeting the basic eligibility criteria of Objective 2. These have the transitional support of the four Structural Funds until 31 December 2006;
  • other areas in which ERDF aid will stop on 31 December 2005. They will have transitional support from the ESF, the EAGGF Guidance Section and the FIFG until 31 December 2006.

Areas receiving Objective 1 transitional support (Commission Decision of 1 July 1999):

  • Germany: East Berlin
  • Belgium: Hainaut
  • Spain: Cantabria
  • France: Corsica, and the districts of Valenciennes, Douai and Avesnes
  • Italy: Molise
  • Ireland: Southern and Eastern
  • The Netherlands: Flevoland
  • Portugal: Lisboa e Vale do Tejo
  • United Kingdom: Northern Ireland, Highlands and Islands

Special programmes

Two special programmes will also be financed with Objective 1 resources:

  • the PEACE Programme, which supports the peace process in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland (period 2000-04);
  • the special assistance programme for certain NUTS II level Swedish regions which meet the criteria of low population density stipulated in Protocol No 6 to the Swedish Act of Accession (period 2000-06).

 

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