Operational Programme 'Extremadura'
Programme under the Convergence Objective, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
On 28 November 2007, the European Commission approved a Regional Operational Programme for Extremadura in Spain for the 2007-13 period. The Operational Programme falls within the framework laid out for the Convergence Objective and has a total budget of around €2.3 billion. Community assistance through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to about €1.6 billion, which represents approximately 4.5% of the total EU investment earmarked for Spain under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.
1. Aim and purpose of the programme
One of the Programme’s aims is for the region to increase its economic growth rate such that the levels of GDP per capita and employment fall in line with the more developed regions in the EU, thereby stimulating the process of economic convergence. It also looks to extend the benefits derived from socio-economic progress to all territories and citizens throughout the region, in order to achieve high levels of cohesion within Extremadura.
The Programme will help increase economic competitiveness by investing more in research and development (R&D), encouraging private sector involvement and increasing the effectiveness of the regional system of science and technology. It will also boost the use and development of information and communication technology (ICT), which is a fundamental axis of the knowledge economy.
The activities will continue on from previous efforts to improve transport infrastructure, interoperability and territorial accessibility. The Programme will also contribute to preserving ecosystem and environmental diversity and optimising the management of natural resources, notably water resources and waste treatment, under the framework of a sustainable development model.
Efforts will be made to ensure greater social integration, reduce the vulnerability of groups at risk of exclusion and address local and rural development.
2. Expected impact of investments
GNP is expected to increase to 84.5% of the average of the 27 EU Member States and productivity by one-third by 2013. In addition, the Operational Programme should contribute to the creation of about 15 700 thousands jobs, a 0.3% reduction in the unemployment rate and the mobilisation of more than €1.7 billion of private investments. The combined impacts of the Programme could result in a regional Gross Regional Product (GRP) increase of 0.4%.
The Operational Programme is structured along the following priorities:
Priority 1: Development of the Knowledge Economy (R&D&I: Information Society and ICTs) [approximately 5.4% of total funding]
The primary objectives under this priority are to:
The strategic approach lies in the following:
Priority 2: Entrepreneurial Development and Innovation [approximately 18.1% of total funding]
The primary objective here is to safeguard existing competitive enterprises and to create favourable conditions for their expansion as well as for business start-ups and relocations.
The strategic approach lies in the following:
Priority 3: Environment, Natural Surroundings, Water Resources and Risk Prevention [approximately 26.7% of total funding]
The strategic objectives here are to protect and preserve biodiversity, improve water infrastructures and waste management, prevent risks and control pollution.
The Programme also seeks to achieve the following:
Priority 4: Transport and Energy [approximately 30.5% of total funding]
The specific objectives under this priority are to:
Priority 5: Local and Urban Sustainable Development [approximately 11.7% of total funding]
The main objectives of the priority are to implement new integrated urban projects for cities in Extremadura and to preserve its historical, artistic, natural and cultural heritage.
The Programme also seeks to:
Priority 6: Social Infrastructures [approximately 7.5% of total funding]
The strategic objectives are to guarantee access to education and health systems and to extend the welfare infrastructure and services to all members of society.
The Programme seeks to improve education centre networks, renew and improve existing equipment, improve health facilities and equipment, and consolidate the social service networks in Extremadura, making them accessible for all members of society.
Priority 7: Technical Assistance [approximately 0.1% of total funding]
Funding has been allocated for technical assistance in implementing the Programme. This covers preparation, administration, supervision, assessment, information and communication, studies, evaluations and monitoring.
4. Managing Authority
- Ministerio de Economìa y Hacienda - Madrid, España
- Dirección General de Fondos Comunitarios, Subdirección General de Administración del FEDER
- Paseo de la Castellana, 162
- E-28071 Madrid
- Subdirector General de Administración del FEDER
- Anatolio, Alonso Pardo
- Tel.: +34 91 5835223
- Fax.: +34 91 5835290
- E-mail.: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: Ministry of Economy and Finance
- Web: DGFC: Subdirección General de Certificación y Pagos
- Title : Operational Programme 'Extremadura'
- Intervention Type : Operational Programme
- CCI no : 2007ES161PO006
- Number of decision : C/2007/5928
- Final approval date : 2007-11-28
- Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Development of the Knowledge Economy (Information Society and ICTs)||97 758 537||24 439 645||122 198 182|
|Entrepreneurial Development and Innovation||286 583 659||122 821 564||409 405 223|
|Environment, Natural Surroundings, Water Resources and Risk Prevention||423 856 251||181 652 677||605 508 928|
|Transport and Energy||450 211 311||240 561 588||690 772 899|
|Local and Urban Sustainable Development||185 156 279||79 352 692||264 508 971|
|Social Infrastructures||135 346 434||33 836 610||169 183 044|
|Technical Assistance||1 275 438||318 860||1 594 298|
|Total||1 580 187 909||682 983 636||2 263 171 545|