Operational Programme 'Flanders'
Programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the 'Regional competitiveness and employment' objective
On 7 December 2007, the European Commission approved an Operational Programme for the Flemish Region of Belgium for the period 2007-2013. This Operational Programme comes under the ‘Regional competitiveness and employment’ objective and has a total budget of around €498 million. The aid provided by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €201 million, which represents about 8.9% of the EU's total investment in Belgium under the cohesion policy 2007-2013.
1. Purpose and aim of the programme
The Operational Programme for Flanders for the period 2007-2013 focuses on three strategic objectives:
In particular, this means strengthening the economy by making towns and cities more accessible, upgrading their internal transport systems, improving their inhabitants’ quality of life and developing tourism and socio-cultural facilities.
2. Expected impact of the investments
According to initial estimates, the programme should lead to the creation of 15 000 jobs in the Region.
The operational programme has four priorities:
Priority 1: The knowledge economy and innovation [approx. 24% of total investment]
Flanders has a very high level of knowledge and expertise at its disposal. Knowledge transfer and exploitation constitute two important factors in the optimum development of the Flemish knowledge economy.
A well-considered mix of initiatives should make it possible to increase the appreciation of knowledge as a tool with significant potential for businesses, non-profit bodies and public administrations. Greater awareness should result in a range of innovative products, procedures and services, an increase in economic and community added value, and more substantial international exploitation of Flemish knowledge and know-how.
This priority will be based on several driving forces: creativity, with an integrated horizontal approach, involvement of both the business and non-profit sectors, and concentration on systems innovation.
The six operational aims are as follows:
Priority 2: Entrepreneurship [approx. 24% of the total investment]
At the moment, the presence of foreign companies in the Flemish market constitutes an alternative to the Flemish deficit in terms of entrepreneurship. However, against the background of globalisation, it is becoming increasingly difficult to attract these foreign companies. In the long term, therefore, it will be necessary to do more to encourage Flemish entrepreneurship in order to compensate for this loss.
The three operational aims, based on themes relating to the business cycle and supporting the principle of responsible entrepreneurship, are as follows:
Priority 3: Improving the basis for economic structuring and spatial planning [approx. 24% of total investment]
In order to make the towns, cities and regions of Flanders more attractive, it is essential to improve their accessibility, provide for the development of quality enterprise zones and exploit in a sustainable manner the added value created in Flanders on the basis of an already well-developed infrastructure network. To this end, four operational aims have been formulated:
Priority 4: Urban development [approx. 24% of total investment]
Urban development projects (housing, workplaces, public areas, shops) are strategic projects in which economic aspects and the component dedicated to mobility play a major role. Such projects will encourage innovation and competitiveness and make it possible to make towns, cities and regions more attractive to businesses. They will also give rise to initiatives in other sectors. Two strategic aims have therefore been established:
Priority 5: Technical assistance [approx. 4% of total investment]
This priority will provide support for the introduction of an effective management, monitoring and control system to evaluate the programme and projects, and to handle communication and publicity for the programme.
4. Managing Authority:
- Vlaamse Overheid
- Agentschap Ondernemen - Afdeling Europa Economie
- Koning Albert II-laan 35 bus 12
- B-1030 Brussel
- Tel.: +32 (0)2 553 38 63
- E-mail.: email@example.com
- Web: http://www.agentschapondernemen.be
- Title : Operational Programme 'Flanders'
- Intervention Type : Operational Programme
- CCI no : 2007BE162PO002
- Number of decision : C/2007/6312
- Final approval date : 2007-12-07
- Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Knowledge economy and Innovation||48 227 098||48 227 098||96 454 196|
|Entrepreneurship||33 227 098||33 227 098||66 454 196|
|Improving the basis for economic structuring and spatial planning||63 227 098||70 461 162||133 688 260|
|Urban development||48 227 097||55 461 162||103 688 259|
|Technical assistance||8 037 850||8 037 850||16 075 700|
|Total||200 946 241||215 414 370||416 360 611|