Operational Programme 'Salzburg'

Programme under Regional competitiveness and employment objective, co-funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Austria

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The European Commission approved on May 4 2007 a regional development programme for the Austrian Bundesland of Salzburg for the period 2007-2013, the Operational Programme "Strengthening Competitiveness of Salzburg Region 2007-2013". This programme involves Community support for Salzburg within the framework of "Regional competitiveness and employment" objective ("phasing out" regions not included). The total budget of the programme is around EUR 27.6 million and the Community assistance through the ERDF amounts to EUR 13.8 million (approximately 1% of the total EU money invested in Austria under Cohesion policy 2007-2013).

1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment

The overall objective of the programme is to strengthen competitiveness and innovation potential of the regional economy and to keep Salzburg as an attractive region, while observing the principles of sustainable development and gender equality. This approach shall guarantee the quality of life, income and employment of all inhabitants of the Bundesland.

With GDP per capita at almost 142% of EU average, Salzburg belongs to the richest regions of the European Union with a high standard of living and quality of the environment. However, to meet the challenges of the globalising world and significant changes at the EU internal market after the 2004 eastern enlargement of the Union, well-targeted support to specific sectors is essential to maintain the momentum gained in the recent years. The programme shall promote innovation and knowledge-based economy and creation of permanent jobs, thus substantially contributing to achievement of the Lisbon strategy objectives. Reducing the gap between urban northern and rural southern areas of the Bundesland is also an important aim of the support. Gothenburg's objective of sustainability, as well as the principle of gender mainstreaming will be observed horizontally when implementing the programme.

2. The expected impact of the investment

The programme will ensure creation of 240 new jobs, out of which 35 in the research & development sector, trigger a total investment of EUR 99 million (seven times the Community assistance), install additional renewable energy capacity of 8 MW and decrease the greenhouse gases emissions by 8,000 tonnes/year.

3. Priority axes

The principal objectives of the Strengthening Competitiveness of Salzburg Region 2007-2013 programme are: strengthening of innovation potential in enterprises, theme-oriented development and regionally-differentiated accessibility. The Strengthening Competitiveness of Salzburg Region 2007-2013 programme is structured into the following priority axes:

Priority axis 1: Enhancement of innovation- and knowledge-based economy

In the current period of globalisation, Salzburg's enterprises face a strong competition on the EU and world markets. In this context, improving innovation and promoting knowledge-based economy is of a crucial importance, as well as increasing quality and technological standards in sectors with comparative advantages. One of the key issues is the support of research & development in enterprises and a successful application of the research & development outputs in practice. Small and medium enterprises are the key success factor and stand in the focus of the programme, with wide range of support activities from establishing the company up to networking and clustering with others.

Priority axis 2: Innovation-oriented development of southern regions

Southern regions of the Bundesland with prevailingly rural character and small and micro-enterprises forming the backbone of their economy require a specific approach compared to the urban north. Investment in the traditional sectors and activities of these enterprises, yet with innovative or trans-regional features, as well as projects in tourism will be supported.

Priority axis 3: Technical assistance

There is also provision for technical assistance in order to implement the programme. Financial support is available covering administration, monitoring, evaluation and control.

Financial and Technical information

Operational Programme 'Salzburg'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

CCI no

2007AT162PO006

Number of decision

C/2007/2058

Final approval date

04/05/2007

Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Enhancement of innovation- and knowledge-based economy 10 993 480 10 993 480 21 986 960
Innovation-oriented development of southern regions 2 400 000 2 400 000 4 800 000
Technical assistance 420 000 420 000 840 000
Total 13 813 480 13 813 480 27 626 960