Operational Programme 'North Netherlands'
Programme under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
On 27 July 2007, the European Commission approved a Regional Operational Programme for "North Netherlands" for the period 2007-2013. The Operational Programme falls within the framework laid out for the Regional Competitiveness and Employment Objective and has a total budget of around €373 million. Community funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €169 million, which represents approximately 8.9% of the total EU investment earmarked for The Netherlands under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-2013.
1. Purpose and aim of the programme
The programme covers the provinces of Drenthe, Friesland and Groningen. The region represents some 25% of the country's surface but only some 10% of the population. The region's GDP per capita is slightly above the EU average although some 20% below the country average.
The core objective of the programme is to transition the North-Netherlands economy to a knowledge economy, whereby the development and implementation of innovation and technology is matched with a strengthening of the spatial qualities both in cities and in the countryside. This ambition is translated into 8 more specific objectives for which a set of indicators with quantified targets has been developed.
2. Expected impact of the investment
An important element in the region's broader strategy is the 'northern development axis', a concept directed towards reinforcing and connecting the economic structures of the northern region, and establishing a corridor that links the region to the economic centres in west-Netherlands with those of northern Germany and Scandinavia.
The Operational Programme is structured according to the following priorities:
Priority 1: Knowledge Economy, entrepreneurship and innovation [approximately 49.2% of total funding]
This priority aims to strengthen the region's innovative capacity; enhancing the knowledge in small and medium-sized enterprises (SME); stimulate entrepreneurship; and reinforce the labour market structure.
Priority 2: Attractive regions [approximately 23.5% of total funding]
This priority supports the maintenance and the further improvement of an attractive countryside; enhancing accessibility and mobility; and the enhancement of business locations. The actions will be concentrated around the economic core zones and urban networks.
Priority 3: The urban dimension [approximately 23.5% of total funding]
Under this priority, the programme addresses urban issues in 4 cities (Groningen, Leeuwarden, Assen, Emmen). This will include the qualitative upgrading of facilities and services in cities and locations for knowledge-oriented business.
Priority 4: Technical assistance [approximately 3.8% of total funding]
There is also provision for technical assistance in order to implement the programme. Financial support is available to cover administration, monitoring and control.
4. Managing Authority
- Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland (SNN)
- Postbus 779
- NL-9700 AT Groningen
- Tel.: + 31 (0)50 5224940
- E-mail.: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: North Netherlands Co-operation Association
- Web: SNN en Europa
- Title : Operational Programme 'North Netherlands'
- Intervention Type : Operational Programme
- CCI no : 2007NL162PO001
- Number of decision : C/2007/3725
- Final approval date : 2007-07-27
- Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Knowledge economy, entrepreneurship, innovation||94 864 000||94 864 000||189 728 000|
|Attractive regions||33 880 000||50 820 000||84 700 000|
|The urban dimension||33 880 000||50 820 000||84 700 000|
|Technical assistance||6 776 000||6 776 000||13 552 000|
|Total||169 400 000||203 280 000||372 680 000|