Germany, France, Switzerland
Operational Programme 'INTERREG IV Upper Rhine'
Programme within the European territorial cooperation objective cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
On 24 October 2007, the European Commission approved the "Operational Programme INTERREG IV - Upper Rhine" for Community assistance from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the European territorial cooperation objective in Germany and France, with cooperation from Switzerland. The total cost of the programme is approximately 132 million euro, plus the financial participation from Switzerland. The maximum ERDF contribution to the operational programme is 67 million euro, representing approximately 0.8% of Community contributions in Germany, France and Switzerland under the cohesion policy for 2007-2013.The programme involves western Baden-Württemberg and southern Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany, together with Alsace in France. On the Swiss side, the cantons of Basel-Stadt (Basle-City), Basel-Land (Basle-Country), Jura, Solothurn and Aargau are involved.
1. Purpose and aim of the programme
The cross-border cooperation strategy for the Upper Rhine area for 2007-2013 is aimed at using cross-border potential and removing the obstacles linked to the border, so that the area develops in an integrated manner, taking account of sustainable development in the social and environmental field, while offering its inhabitants a diversified and attractive living environment.
2. Expected impact of the investment
Implementation of this cross-border cooperation programme should enable, in particular:
The operational programme has four priorities:
Priority 1: Joint use of the potential of the Upper Rhine area [approximately 28% of total investment]
This priority aims to improve the economic competitiveness of the Upper Rhine area by supporting applied research and technology transfer, SMEs and the development of the Upper Rhine area as a tourist destination.
Priority 2: Making the Upper Rhine area an integrated region in terms of training, work and habitat [approximately 28% of total investment]
There are four main objectives under this priority:
Priority 3: Ensuring sustainable development of the Upper Rhine area [approximately 40% of total investment]
The aim here is to encourage measures to protect and improve the quality of natural resources and promote their sustainable use; also to encourage the use of renewable energy, improve energy efficiency and promote the development and cross-border use of transport systems.
Priority 4: Technical assistance [approximately 4% of total investment]This priority will provide support for the implementation of an effective management, monitoring and control system to evaluate the programme and projects, as well as to provide communication and publicise the programme.
4. Managing Authority
- Secrétariat technique conjoint
- 1, Place du Wacken
Région Alsace BP 91006
- F-67070 Strasbourg Cedex
- Secrétariat technique conjoint
- Thomas, Köhler
- Tel.: +33 (0) 3 88 15 69 20
- Fax.: +33 (0) 3 88 15 68 49
- E-mail.: Thomas.Koehler@region-alsace.eu
- Title : Operational Programme 'INTERREG IV Upper Rhine'
- Intervention Type : Operational Programme
- CCI no : 2007CB163PO039
- Number of decision : C/2007/5136
- Final approval date : 2007-10-24
- Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Joint use of the potential of the Upper Rhine area||18 286 022||18 286 022||36 572 044|
|Making the Upper Rhine area an integrated region in terms of training, work and habitat||18 286 022||18 286 022||36 572 044|
|Ensuring sustainable development of the Upper Rhine area||26 891 210||26 891 210||53 782 420|
|Technical Assistance||3 764 769||1 613 472||5 378 241|
|Total||67 228 023||65 076 726||132 304 749|