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Operational Programme 'Picardy'

Programme under the 'Regional Competitiveness and Employment' Objective co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

On 17 October 2007, the European Commission approved an operational programme for the Picardy region in France for 2007-2013.

This operational programme comes under the 'Regional Competitiveness and Employment' Objective; its total budget is over EUR 692 million. The financing provided by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is more than EUR 201 million, representing some 1.4 % of Community contributions for France under the 2007-2013 cohesion policy.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

The strategy of the operational programme is based in particular on:

  • the regional issues identified following an analysis of the territory’s potential;
  • the Community strategic guidelines and the national strategic framework, which set out the principles for the allocation of Community funds.

This programme aims primarily to encourage the involvement of the Picardy regional economy in the promotion of knowledge and innovation.

Sustainable development, and in particular energy management, are at the heart of the regional development strategy for Picardy and, therefore, of the operational programme.

Emphasis will also be placed on incorporating territorial cohesion and the accessibility of the region as key factors of solidarity-based development.

2. Expected impact of the investments

The implementation of the programme is based on the results to be achieved:

  • the creation of 600 direct jobs;
  • a 10% increase in the number of patents taken out per year;
  • the funding of 100 ICT projects;
  • an 8% reduction in regional CO2 emissions;
  • an 100% increase in the number of businesses committed to an environmental management system;
  • a 7% reduction in residential energy consumption;
  • a tripling of the share of renewable energies in overall regional energy consumption.

3. Priorities

The operational programme has four priorities:

Priority 1: Competitiveness, innovation, and knowledge-based economy [approx. 50.1 % of total investment]

This priority forms part of a regional innovation strategy, which aims, in particular, by complementing all the innovative methods and practices, to strengthen and promote:

  • regional know-how with high growth potential (agricultural resources, mechanical transport of materials);
  • emerging fields, such as sustainable construction, advanced logistics and the various means of transport or support for individual autonomy;
  • fields in the making, such as health technologies, energy storage, clean technologies and process safety, ICT, etc.

This strategy may be supplemented or amended in the light of the results of the diagnosis that will be carried out in the near future at national level by the Ministry of Finance, Economy and Employment. It will finish at the end of 2007 following the study on the "levers of innovation," conducted jointly by the State and the region and completed in June 2007.

Priority 2: Sustainable development [approx. 22.2 % of total investment]

This priority is based on the regional partnership premise that competitiveness and sustainable development no longer conflict, and the idea that sustainable growth incorporates the limits of natural resources and seeks to protect the environment, which is itself a factor in the quality of life and in the attractiveness of the region.

The actions envisaged therefore focus, not only on energy and environmental management and clean technologies, but also on the prevention of natural hazards and the conservation of biodiversity.

Priority 3: Regional cohesion and accessibility [approx. 25.6 % of total investment]

This priority aims to exploit the potential of all the territories by creating positive dynamics. It also aims, through specific measures, to improve the region's internal cohesion by enhancing the attractiveness of certain territories, namely disadvantaged urban areas, regions with problems and remote rural territories.

Priority 4: Technical assistance [approx. 2.1 % of total investment]

This priority aims to provide support for the implementation of an effective management, monitoring and control system, which will also make it possible to evaluate the programme and its projects and to handle the communication and promotion of the programme and the operations carried out.

4. Managing Authority

Préfecture de la région Picardie
51, rue de la République
F-80020 Amiens Cedex 9
Tel.: +33 3 22 33 84 01
E-mail.: sgar@picardie.pref.gouv.fr
Web: L'Europe s'engage en Picardie
Web: Préfecture de la région Picardie

Financial and Technical information

Title : Operational Programme 'Picardy'

Intervention Type : Operational Programme

CCI no : 2007FR162PO018

Number of decision : C/2007/5181

Final approval date : 2007-10-17

Breakdown of finances by priority axis
Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Competitiveness, innovation and knowledge-based economy 115 201 000 189 850 000 305 051 000
Sustainable development 47 856 000 103 615 000 151 471 000
Regional cohesion and accessibility 35 000 000 85 380 000 120 380 000
Technical assistance 3 436 631 3 400 000 6 836 631
Total 201 493 631 382 245 000 583 738 631
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