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Operational Programme 'Mid-North Sweden'

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

On 9 August 2007, the European Commission approved a Regional Operational Programme for the region of Mellersta Norrland (Jämtland and Västernorrland) in Sweden for the 2007-13 period. The Operational Programme falls within the Regional Competitiveness and Employment Objective framework and has a budget of around €353 million. Community investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €177 million, which represents approximately 9.3% of the total EU investment in Sweden under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.

1. Aim and purpose of the programme

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The main goal of the Regional Operational Programme is to create 1400 new businesses per year, of which women will own 40%, as well as to create 4500 new jobs for both men and women. The Programme will establish ten (10) new strategic networks among businesses, and between businesses and research institutions. The Programme will focus on the renewal of industry, energy and the development of environmentally friendly projects. Another important aspect of the Programme is its focus on improving accessibility and the attractiveness of the region. Furthermore, the Programme anticipates action toward further interregional cooperation.

2. Expected impact of investments

The Operational Programme will create 1400 new businesses and 5000 new jobs per year (with a minimum of 40% reserved for women). The Programme also anticipates that investments in the research and development (R&D) sector will double and that renewable energy production will double. The Programme will also provide support, financial or otherwise, to about 5000 businesses. The Programme will also work toward increasing by 5% the number of people who can reach the regional centre within 45 minutes. The Programme also works toward increasing by 5% the number of households that can access broadband networks. Toward these ends, the Programme will implement 5 new transport and communication solutions.

3. Priorities

The following priority represents the structure of the Operational Programme for Regional Competitiveness and Employment for Mid-North Sweden:

Priority 1: Renewal of industry, energy and environment-driven development [approximately 73.9% of total funding]

The focus of this priority is put on innovation and knowledge industry, energy and environment as areas for support and growth. Branch specific initiatives are foreseen in growth areas such as energy, environmental technology and tourism. Provision of risk capital is another support area.

Priority 2: Accessibility and attractiveness [approximately 22.1% of total funding]

The aim of this priority is to contribute to unconventional goods and public transport solutions, a network of roads with sufficient quality, support for transfer of goods from road transport to railway, continued development of IT and broadband to areas which are not yet covered. Another objective is to increase the region's attractiveness by building on the availability for mountain, archipelago or small town living and by creating meeting places, cultural events and give support to in-migration, especially of foreign born.

Priority 3: 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)
Fyrvallavägen 1, PO-Box 3034
S-831 03 Östersund
Programme manager
Per, Grängsjö
Tel.: +46 8 681 91 00
Fax.: +48 8 19 68 26
E-mail.: programkontoret.mellerstanorrland@tillvaxtverket.se
Web: Tillväxtverket (Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth)

Financial and Technical information

Title : Operational Programme 'Mid-North Sweden'

Intervention Type : Operational Programme

CCI no : 2007SE162PO007

Number of decision : C/2007/3895

Final approval date : 2007-08-09

Breakdown of finances by priority axis
Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Renewal of industry, energy and environment-driven development 130 520 537 130 520 537 261 041 074
Accessibility and attractiveness 39 032 585 39 032 585 78 065 170
Technical assistance 7 064 711 7 064 711 14 129 422
Total 176 617 833 176 617 833 353 235 666
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