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Operational Programme 'East Mid-Sweden'

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

On 16 August 2007, the European Commission approved a Regional Operational Programme for the region of Östra Mellansverige (Uppsala, Södermanland, Örebro, Västmanland and Östergötlandà) in Sweden for the 2007-13 period. The Operational Programme falls within the Regional Competitiveness and Employment Objective framework and has a total budget of around €229 million. Community investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €81 million, which represents approximately 4.3% of the total EU investment for Sweden under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.

1. Aim and purpose of the programme

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The overall purpose of the Operational Programme is to expand the economy by increasing enterprises accessibility, encouraging business development, and growing the employment base. Furthermore, the Programme addresses urban issues in Örebro, Västerås, Eskilstuna, Uppsala, Linköping and Norrköping, as well as actions for inter-regional cooperation.

The Programme focuses on networks and clusters and strengthens innovation and renewal. The Programme supports environments that stimulate development and competencies. In addition, the Programme seeks to support entrepreneurial culture by sharing ideas and inventions and by creating favourable conditions for accessibility to capital. The Programme also foresees measures to increase the number of commuters by 8% and to connect cities further to broadband networks.

2. Expected impact of investments

The programme will create 2000 new businesses and 4000 new jobs, of which women will hold, at least, 40% and immigrants 15%. In addition, the Programme will create 25 new competence centres. The Programme will contribute to an 8% increase in those commuting to work. Therefore, the Programme will introduce a common ticket system for public transport. Likewise, the Programme will connect an additional 30 municipalities to high-speed fibre optic broadband and provide another 80 municipalities with a local fibre optic network.

3. Priorities

The following priorities represent the structure of the Regional Operational Programme for East Mid-Sweden:

Priority 1: Innovative environments [approximately 28.8% of total funding]

The purpose of this priority is to boost innovation in existing companies, stimulate the growth of new companies and attract expertise, capital and companies to the region. The priority is to nurture established and embryonic innovative environments. By developing infrastructure for innovation and skills supply, the initiatives will contribute to increased commercialisation of research results and to developing new products and services.

Priority 2: Entrepreneurship [approximately 48.0% of total funding]

The objective of this priority is to create more new viable companies and more growing companies which together will boost the region’s national and international competitiveness. The priority contains measures for supply of capital and makes reference to JEREMIE. The purpose of the priority is to implement activities which will improve the commercial climate, create a positive view of enterprise, seek to increase the number of new business start-ups, work with operations in the form of funding instruments/the provision of capital to companies, and provide support in the form of expertise to men and women and companies in both the private and the public sector to transform product/business ideas into commercial products.

Priority 3: Accessibility [approximately 19.2% of total funding]

This priority is focused on improving links between transport and infrastructure, developing cooperation between different means of transport and ensuring businesses have access to a robust broadband network. The programme is to help to achieve coordinated public transport in the functional, polycentric region, i.e. public transport with uniform, shared systems for ticketing, fares and transport information. The programme will also help to ensure access to a functional, robust and future-proof IT infrastructure for businesses.

Priority 4: Technical assistance [approximately 4.0% of total funding]

The aim is to support the management, monitoring and evaluation of the operational programme, and the associated communication and publicity activities.

4. Managing authority

Tillväxtverket (Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth)
Stortorget 22, Box 265
S-701 45 Örebro
Programme manager
Anders, Risberg
Tel.: +46 8 681 91 00
E-mail.: programkontoret.ostramellansverige@tillvaxtverket.se
Web: Tillväxtverket (Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth)

Financial and Technical information

Title : Operational Programme 'East Mid-Sweden'

Intervention Type : Operational Programme

CCI no : 2007SE162PO004

Number of decision : C/2007/3974

Final approval date : 2007-08-16

Breakdown of finances by priority axis
Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Innovative environment 23 336 267 43 338 782 66 675 049
Entrepreneurship 38 893 779 38 893 779 77 787 558
Accessibility 15 557 512 28 892 522 44 450 034
Technical assistance 3 241 148 3 241 148 6 482 296
Total 81 028 706 114 366 231 195 394 937
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