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Operational Programme 'East of England'

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

The European Commission approved on 12 December 2007 a regional development programme for the East of England for the period 2007-2013 within the framework of the Competitiveness and Employment Objective. The total budget of the programme is around €275 million and the Community investment through the ERDF amounts to € 110 million.

1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment


The strategy for this programme establishes an over-arching theme of  "Low Carbon Economic Growth". This commitment signals the vital importance of achieving the economic growth in a manner that recognises and addresses the region's carbon footprint and the economic and environmental imperatives for doing this. This theme is consequently at the heart of the priorities that will drive the region's Competitiveness Programme and will be the touchstone for financial decision-making and project selection. The East of England's Competitiveness Programme has the potential to be at the forefront of innovation and design in the development of new, economically significant ways of responding to this agenda from specific low carbon initiatives through to measures that reduce carbon emissions or which help to stimulate relevant sectors such as clean technology and renewable energy.

2. The expected impact of the investment

The programme puts strong emphasis on delivering economic growth that recognises the region's carbon footprint. It is expected to create 4,600 new jobs and to assist 7,300 businesses. Some 500 businesses should see their environmental performance improved. It should generate increase in the GVA € 189 million as a result of the Programme. The programme will encourage innovation and knowledge transfer including "clean" technologies to increase efficiency and productivity. It will result in 2850successful innovation related initiatives in SME's (Small and Medium enterprises).

3. Priorities

The East of England 2007-2013 ERDF programme is structured according to the following priorities:

Priority 1: Promoting innovation and knowledge transfer with the intention of improving productivity

The priority aims at encouraging commercialisation across the region's strong research and development base, including for energy efficient and clean technologies, supporting the wider application and take up of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) and other technologies and encouraging demand from businesses to engage to stimulate knowledge transfer. The priority focuses on innovation, improved productivity and resource efficiency in line with the overall meta-theme – towards low carbon economic growth. This priority also includes transnational activities.

Priority 2: Stimulating enterprise and supporting successful business by overcoming barriers to business creation and expansion

The priority will support activities intended to deliver a more economically competitive and socially sustainable region and it will seek to create a more enterprising culture. In line with the meta-theme, the focus will be on businesses with high-growth potential, and/or with an emphasis on clean technologies, renewable energy, improved use of resources and environmental improvement.

Priority 3: Ensuring sustainable development, production and consumption

The priority will seek to establish and implement best practice in reducing the carbon footprint of businesses, communities and settlements through improved efficiency in the use of resources, development of clean or renewable energy sources and support for eco-friendly design whilst also seeking to improve overall competitiveness and economic performance. This priority also includes transnational activities.

Priority 4: Technical assistance

There is also provision for technical assistance to help implementing the programme.

4. Managing Authority

Growth Delivery Team: East of England
Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
Eastbrook Shaftesbury Road
Tel.: +44 (0) 303 4446408

Financial and Technical information

Title : Operational Programme 'East of England'

Intervention Type : Operational Programme

CCI no : 2007UK162PO004

Number of decision : C/2007/6563 + C(2011)4478

Final approval date : 2007-12-12

Breakdown of finances by priority axis
Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Promoting innovation and knowledge transfer with the intention of improving productivity 37 293 431 55 939 000 93 232 431
Stimulating enterprise and supporting successful business by overcoming barriers to business creation and expansion 32 639 500 36 708 685 69 348 185
Ensuring sustainable development, production and consumption 36 622 000 45 775 000 82 397 000
Technical assistance 4 439 788 4 439 788 8 879 576
Total 110 994 719 142 862 473 253 857 192
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