Operational Programme 'Franche-Comté'
Programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective
On 10 October 2007 the European Commission approved an Operational Programme for the Franche-Comté region in France for 2007-2013.
This Operational Programme comes under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective and has a total budget of about 441 million euros. The financing provided by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some 147 million euros, representing about 1% of Community aid to France as part of the cohesion policy for 2007-2013.
1. Purpose and aim of the programme
The overall aim of the Operational Programme for 2007-2013 is to build on the historic skills of the Franche-Comté region to enhance its image as an area of innovation and to consolidate its natural assets by using them for the benefit of economic competitiveness and the quality of life of the region's inhabitants.
This aim is an extension of the Community strategic guidelines. It is also consistent with the national strategic reference framework which indicates as a priority the creation of an environment conducive to growth and competitiveness by fostering partnership initiatives of the research-enterprise type and by encouraging the implementation of sustainable development strategies for the region and for the environment.
With this in mind, the creation, dissemination and use of knowledge skills will be encouraged, especially in the sectors in which the Franche-Comté region is particularly vigorous.
2. Expected impact of the investment
The Community funding should in particular make it possible to:
- create 440 jobs, including 350 high-tech jobs and 60 research posts, under the Competitiveness objective;
- file 1 106 patents;
- create 40 start-ups;
- achieve 100 cooperation projects between enterprises and research institutes;
- set up 100 technological R&D projects;
- provide broadband access to an extra 220-300 municipalities, i.e. about 15 000 people;
- increase renewable energy sources by 125 MW, in particular by investing in the timber sector;
- cut greenhouse gas emissions by 400 kT of CO2;
- attain at least 75 000 Internet connections by 2013 to provide access to the new environmental information made available by the programme.
The programme is centred on five priorities:
Priority 1: Establishing an environment conducive to innovation in order to strengthen and develop the competitiveness of enterprises in the region [about 46% of total investment]
In order to strengthen the competitiveness of the region's enterprises, several approaches need to be used concurrently. Greater coordination of the areas of economic development, research and training is essential in order to provide a better response to the challenges of the region's economy.
Four aims have been set in response to these challenges:
- strengthen and develop the competitiveness of the five main branches of the region's economy through innovation and research;
- develop the competitiveness of the digital sector;
- strengthen and develop the competitiveness of very small enterprises (VSEs), enterprises reintegrating workers by economic activity and innovative enterprises;
- boost the effectiveness of training and its adaptation to the economic situation.
Priority 2: Improving regional competitiveness [about 21% of total investment]
The three aims of the second priority are to:
- develop innovation parks;
- support local development in the digital sphere by improving broadband coverage;
- ensure balanced area development by supporting the development of a sustainable urban policy and encouraging the sustainable development of rural areas.
Priority 3: Preserving the quality of the environment, improving safety with regard to flooding risks and reducing energy dependence [about 24% of total investment]
The region's specific environmental features demand an overall response involving three approaches which not only complement each other but which also complement the other priorities of the Operational Programme. The aims of these approaches are to:
- preserve and exploit the region's natural water and land assets;
- prevent the risk of flooding;
- reduce energy dependence;
- conduct transversal actions to increase skills and develop knowledge.
Priority 4: Boosting the development of the Jura mountains [about 7% of total investment]
The three aims of this priority are to:
- develop an environmentally-friendly economy based on tourism and leisure;
- support the development and adaptation of accommodation and tourism facilities;
- preserve the quality of the landscape.
Priority 5: Technical assistance [about 2% of total investment]
This priority, which is intended to ensure the effective management of Community funds for the implementation and monitoring of the programme and its projects, has two aims:
- support the system of management, monitoring, supervision and evaluation of the programme and its projects;
- support the organisation, communication and publicity activities of the programme and its projects.
Financial and Technical information
Operational Programme 'Franche-Comté'
Intervention TypeOperational Programme
Number of decisionC/2007/5074
Final approval date10/10/2007
Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Establishing an environment conducive to innovation in order to strengthen and develop the competitiveness of enterprises in the region||69 600 000||133 850 000||203 450 000|
|Improving regional competitiveness||35 900 000||60 050 000||95 950 000|
|Preserving the quality of the environment, improving safety with regard to flooding risks and reducing energy dependence||26 500 000||77 000 000||103 500 000|
|Boosting the development of the Jura mountains||9 800 000||19 900 000||29 700 000|
|Technical assistance||4 989 783||3 326 522||8 316 305|
|Total||146 789 783||294 126 522||440 916 305|
Managing authorityPréfecture de la région Franche-Comté 8 bis rue Charles Nodier F- 25035 Besançon Cedex
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