Operational Programme 'Alps'
Programme under the 'Regional Competitiveness and Employment' Objective cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
On 20 December 2007 the European Commission approved a Multiregional Operational Programme for the Alps region in France for the period 2007-2013.
This Operational Programme comes under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment Objective and has a total budget of about 72 million euros. The aid provided by the European Union (EU) under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some 35 million euros, representing about 0.2 % of Community aid to France as part of the cohesion policy for 2007-2013.
1. Purpose and aim of the programme
The strategy of the operational programme is based in particular on:
The Alpine massif has the specific advantages of mountainous regions: the beauty and grandeur of the landscape, the closeness of nature, the quality of the forests, a network of small and medium-sized towns, the proximity of recreational areas and the presence of large towns in the surrounding area (Nice, Toulon, Marseille, Avignon, Valence, Lyon, Geneva).
However, there are also disadvantages: relative isolation from Italy, incomplete transport networks, unpredictable weather conditions, pressure on property prices, increased natural hazards, difficult topography and increasing competition in terms of the tourist economy.
In light of this, the regional authorities have set out a strategy based on three priority objectives:
2. Expected impact of the investment
The Community funding should make it possible to:
The operational programme is divided into three priority areas:
Priority 1: increasing in a sustainable manner the competitiveness of the valley systems around mid-mountain resorts [approx. 68.5 % of total investment]
The first priority is designed to support the tourist economy in the areas of the mid-mountain resorts which are particularly sensitive to climate change and faced with increasingly fierce European and international competition. To this end, stakeholders in the Alps region are aiming to promote a new approach to competitiveness by developing innovative solutions centred around research applications and appropriate systems of governance. Priority will be given to an integrated approach to the economic development of valley systems comprising the economic, social and environmental dimensions.
Priority 2: managing natural hazards, increasing the mobilisation and local use of wood-based energy and of other renewable energies, promoting energy efficiency in the mountains [approx. 29.2 % of total investment]
This priority is designed to ensure the emergence of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses, and to help them achieve better collective organisation, particularly in sectors which are not highly structured or in employment areas which are in crisis.
This priority is also intended to attract industrial or logistical projects or services which create jobs and to offer regional SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) better conditions for their development in the light of international competition.
Priority 3: Technical assistance [approx. 2.3 % of total investment]
Technical assistance provides cofinancing for management, monitoring, evaluation, coordination, information and communication activities.
4. Managing Authority
- Préfecture de la région Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur
- Boulevard Paul Peytral
- F-13282 Marseille Cedex 20
- Contact pour le PO 'Massif des Alpes'
- Jean-Pierre, CHOMIENNE
- Tel.: 5, rue de Narvik - 38000 Grenoble
- E-mail.: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel.: +33 4 91 15 60 00
- E-mail.: email@example.com
- Web: Préfecture de la région PACA
- Web: Préfecture de la région PACA
- Title : Operational Programme 'Alps'
- Intervention Type : Operational Programme
- CCI no : 2007FR162PO023
- Number of decision : C/2007/6824
- Final approval date : 2007-12-20
- Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Increasing in a sustainable manner the competitiveness of the valley systems around mid-mountain resorts||23 500 000||24 000 000||47 500 000|
|Managing natural hazards, increasing local mobilisation and use of wood-based energy and of other renewable energies, promoting energy efficiency in the mountains||10 236 532||10 500 000||20 736 532|
|Technical assistance||1 200 000||450 000||1 650 000|
|Total||34 936 532||34 950 000||69 886 532|