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Operational Programme 'Basse-Normandie'

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

On 21 December 2007 the European Commission approved an Operational Programme for the Basse-Normandie region in France for 2007-2013.

This Operational Programme comes under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective and has a total budget of about 485 million euros. The financing provided by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some 181 million euros, representing about 1.3% of Community aid to France as part of the cohesion policy for 2007-2013.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

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The aims of the programme strategy are:

  • to develop the region's innovation potential;
  • to develop information and communication technologies (ICT) to serve local and business competitiveness;
  • to contribute to local vitality and cohesion;
  • to boost the appeal of the region with a view to sustainable development;
  • to allow the programme to be implemented in line with regulatory requirements and its quantified objectives.

2. Expected impact of the investment

The Community financing should make it possible:

  • to ensure that the value-added of the region and of employment matches the national level by 2013;
  • to achieve a 20% increase in value-added per job in the businesses which are supported;
  • to strengthen the management of bodies involved in technology transfer;
  • to increase R&D expenditure from 0.9% to 2.5% of regional GDP;
  • to increase the share for business of gross domestic expenditure on research and development (GERD) to 68% of the total;
  • to increase the number of published patents by 20%;
  • to increase by 50% the number of researchers who currently total 2 426 (1 385 in the private sector and 1 041 in the public sector);
  • to increase the business "churning" rate from 11.2% to 13%.

3. Priorities

The Operational Programme is centred on five priorities:

Priority 1: Developing the region's innovation potential [about 31.1% of total investment]

This priority is based on the following four objectives:

  • to consolidate the regional strategy;
  • to make research a priority element of the competitiveness of the region's economy;
  • to organise businesses around centres and clusters of excellence in order to enhance the profile and appeal of the economic system;
  • to allow the production system to become part of the innovation strategy.

Priority 2: Making ICT serve businesses and local competitiveness [about 32.9% of total investment]

The aims of this priority are:

  • regional governance of innovation;
  • digitisation and use of information;
  • familiarity with resources by businesses and the public, and networking of those involved;
  • accessibility and availability throughout the region.

Priority 3: Contributing to local vitality and cohesion [about 22.4% of total investment]

The aims of this priority are:

  • to promote the socioeconomic development of urban areas in decline in a number of towns to be selected by means of a call for projects;
  • to support regional planning and development programmes under local contracts;
  • to support port areas.

Priority 4: Boosting the appeal of the region with a view to sustainable development [about 11.9% of total investment]

The aims of this priority are:

  • to encourage energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy sources;
  • to prevent risks of flooding, erosion and land movements;
  • to pursue the major project to restore the maritime nature of Mont Saint Michel.

Priority 5: Technical assistance [about 1.7% of total investment]

The purpose of the budget set aside for technical assistance is:

  • to ensure proper management of Community funding to implement and monitor the programme and its projects;
  • to support the system for managing, monitoring, supervising and assessing the programme and its projects;
  • to support activities of organisation, communication and publicity for the programme and its projects.

4. Managing Authority

Préfecture de Région Basse-Normandie
Rue Daniel Huet
F-14038 Caen Cedex
Secrétariat général pour les affaires régionales
Isabelle, DILHAC
Tel.: (33-2) 31 30 63 03
E-mail.: isabelle.dilhac@basse-normandie.pref.gouv.fr
Web: Préfecture de Région Basse-Normandie
Web: Préfecture de région - Basse-Normandie

Financial and Technical information

Title : Operational Programme 'Basse-Normandie'

Intervention Type : Operational Programme

CCI no : 2007FR162PO005

Number of decision : C/2007/6879

Final approval date : 2007-12-21

Breakdown of finances by priority axis
Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Developing the region's innovation potential 98 500 000 147 750 000 246 250 000
Making ICT serve businesses and local competitiveness 16 000 000 34 000 000 50 000 000
Contributing to local vitality and cohesion 30 500 000 45 750 000 76 250 000
Boosting the appeal of the region with a view to sustainable development 30 000 000 70 000 000 100 000 000
Technical assistance 6 354 410 6 354 410 12 708 820
Total 181 354 410 303 854 410 485 208 820
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