Operational Programme 'Burgundy'
Programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective
On 28 September 2007 the European Commission approved an operational programme for the Burgundy region in France for 2007-2013 (modified decision C(2010)7980 - 02/12/2010).
This operational programme comes under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective, with a total budget of some €600,5 million. The aid provided by the European Union (EU) under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €185,6 million, representing about 1.3% of Community contributions to France under the cohesion policy for 2007-2013.
1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment
The strategy of the operational programme is based mainly on:
Burgundy is a vast region (France's sixth-largest by area), but it is relatively sparsely populated (1.6 millions inhabitants). The region also lacks attractions and influence in economic terms. Geographically, it sits between two regions with great potential: Ile de France and Rhône-Alpes. Burgundy also has very modest population growth (+0.12 % between 1999 and 2006, ranking second-last of all the regions of France). That is why one of the major challenges is to find solutions that will keep the inhabitants in the region and attract an active population that can breathe new life into the local economy.
Burgundy is not home to any large industrial concerns and, while it is active in numerous economic sectors, it does not play a leading rôle in any. If it is to reverse the trend, therefore, the region will have to apply a number of key levers:
Faced with this challenge, the regional authorities have set out a strategy based on three priority objectives:
2. The expected impact of the investment
Community funding should make it possible to:
The operational programme hinges on four priorities:
Priority 1: innovation and knowledge-based economy [approx. 49.7 % of total investment]
In innovation, the strategy in Burgundy aims to increase the coordination of economic operators, businesses and research and training bodies by focusing on centres with national and international visibility.
This will therefore involve:
Priority 2: better exploitation of environmental heritage [approx. 22.97 % of total investment]
Looking at environmental issues, the regional partners have been working since 2005 to put together a 'climate-energy' plan offering a coherent action framework for the coming seven years that will give everyone access to information on the environmental issues at stake and permit them to take action in their everyday life. The aim is to make Burgundy an example of citizenship and environmental responsibility.
Within this framework the programme has the following objectives:
Priority 3: regional development [approx.25.7 % of total investment]
Where regional development is concerned, action in Burgundy aims to encourage the coherent creation of lasting jobs and activities across the region:
Priority 4: technical assistance [approx. 1.6 % of total investment]
Technical assistance will make it possible to co-finance activities relating to management, monitoring, organisation evaluation, information and communication.
4. Managing Authority:
- Préfecture de la région Bourgogne
- 53/55, rue de la Préfecture
- F-21041 Dijon Cedex 03
- Tel.: (33-3) 80 44 67 78
- E-mail.: email@example.com
- Web: Préfecture de la région Bourgogne
- Title : Operational Programme 'Burgundy'
- Intervention Type : Operational Programme
- CCI no : 2007FR162PO006
- Number of decision : C/2007/4548 + C(2010)7980
- Final approval date : 2007-09-28
- Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Innovation and knowledge economy||81 500 000||133 260 178||214 760 178|
|Better exploitation of environmental heritage||45 000 000||69 367 000||114 367 000|
|Regional development||52 600 000||94 750 000||147 350 000|
|Technical assistance||6 480 603||3 397 514||9 878 117|
|Total||185 580 603||300 774 692||486 355 295|