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Operational Programme 'Upper Normandy'

European Regional Development Fund - Regional competitiveness and employment objective

On 24 July 2007, the European Commission approved the Operational Programme (OP) for Community assistance from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the regional competitiveness and employment objective in the region of Upper Normandy in France. The total cost of the programme amounts to 686.94 million euros, the maximum contribution from the ERDF to the operational programme to 219.31 million euros, and the maximum co-financing rate is set at 32%. The national contribution provided for amounts to 467.63 millon euros and may be partly met by Community loans from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and by other lending instruments.

1. Strategic objectives and priorities of the Operational Programme

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Regional competitiveness requires a boost in the ability to innovate. The Upper Normandy region has a lot of potential in this area, as demonstrated by the three competitiveness centres certified by the French State, the emergence of 11 regional innovation and technology transfer centres (CRITTs), three technological platforms to foster technology transfer and a regional incubator for creating innovative businesses.

Working from these advantages, the Upper Normandy region has chosen to place innovation and sustainable development at the heart of its regional development strategy.

A detailed description of its strategic priorities makes it possible to estimate the share of the Community Funds allocated to the Lisbon Strategy’s priorities at more than 66% for the ERDF.

2. Estimate of the impact of the EU’ s investment

The involvement of Community financing should permit the creation of 82 144 m2 of infrastructure dedicated to research, together with the creation of 12.5 km of reserved lanes for public transport, and the conversion of 125 hectares of land on the site of Le Havre’s old port. Energy savings are forecast to be equivalent to 5000 tonnes of oil equivalent (TOE), production of renewable energy at 3000 TOE, and the gain in production capacity for renewable energy at 30 000 TOE.

3. Priorities

The Operational Programme has six priorities:

Priority 1. Making the information economy more dynamic to increase the region’s competitiveness

This priority aims to bolster the knowledge and skills that foster creativity and innovation, and to take full advantage of the results of research in business.

Priority 2. Innovation at the heart of the economic and social changes in businesses

This concerns guiding traditional industrial businesses in their economic changes while consolidating the foundations of their competitiveness and encouraging innovation, guiding the creation, development and transmission of businesses in innovative sectors and, lastly, creating a true dynamic of innovation by supporting, in particular, competitiveness centres while ensuring that the region steers effective innovation, and showing strong support for innovative projects.

Priority 3. An environmentally-friendly regional economy

Two main objectives have been identified: guaranteed conditions for a controlled and preserved environment, and control of energy and development of renewable energy.

Priority 4. Improving living conditions and strengthening social and territorial cohesion

Three main objectives have been identified in order to address the regions’s problems: accompanying economic and environmental aspects of urban revitalisation; accompanying innovative cultural projects, innovative personal services, especially for dependent and isolated women in an urban or peri-urban environment, and lastly, accompanying the development of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) services and very high speed infrastructure.

Priority 5. Transport at the service of economic activities and of the public to create a competitive port economy and improve accessibility

This serves two purposes: the promotion, improvement and development of modes of transport other than passenger cars for people and with regard to the port economy in particular, making the competitiveness of ports, railways and inland waterways more dynamic.

Priority 6. Technical assistance

This strand will provide support for the introduction of an effective management, monitoring and control system to evaluate the programme and its projects and handle its communication and publicity.

4. Managing Authority

Préfecture de la région Haute-Normandie
7, Place de la madeleine
F-76036 Rouen Cedex
Tel.: +33 2 32 76 51 28
E-mail.: sgar@haute-normandie.pref.gouv.fr
Web: Préfecture de la région Haute-Normandie

Financial and Technical information

Title : Operational Programme 'Upper Normandy'

Intervention Type : Operational Programme

CCI no : 2007FR162PO011

Number of decision : C/2007/3695

Final approval date : 2007-07-24

Breakdown of finances by priority axis
Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Making the information economy more dynamic to increase the region’s competitiveness 62 112 000 58 091 760 182 315 760
Innovation at the heart of the economic and social changes in businesses 36 854 261 34 162 000 107 870 522
An environmentally-friendly regional economy 34 140 000 47 528 233 115 808 233
Improving living conditions and strengthening social and territorial cohesion 28 375 000 33 357 500 90 107 500
Transport at the service of economic activities and of the public to create a competitive port economy and improve accessibility 52 830 000 203 300 827 308 960 827
Technical assistance 5 000 000 5 000 000 15 000 000
Total 219 311 261 381 440 320 820 062 842
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