Operational programme 'French Guiana'
Programme under the 'Convergence' Objective, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
On 29 November 2007, the European Commission approved an Operational Programme for the French Guiana overseas department (France) for the period 2007-2013.
This operational programme comes under the ‘Convergence' Objective and has a total budget of around EUR 644 million. The financing provided by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is around EUR 305 million (including EUR 48.3 million under the specific allocation 'additional costs' arising from the region's remoteness combined with other disadvantages), representing some 2.1% of Community contributions for France under the 2007-2013 cohesion policy.
1. Purpose and aim of the programme
Guiana has atypical geographical and demographic characteristics. It is the largest French department in South America . It is difficult to develop this region, which is lagging behind in its basic infrastructures due to maintenance costs that are higher than anywhere else.
The strategy of the Operational Programme is based in particular on :
- the regional challenges highlighted by the diagnosis and analysis of the region’s potential, on the one hand;
- and, on the other hand, the Community Strategic Guidelines and the national strategic framework, which set out the principles for the allocation of Community funding.
2. Expected impact of the investments
The key targets are in particular:
- increasing research and development (R&D) expenditure;
- increasing high-speed Internet connections;
- reducing regional greenhouse gas emissions;
- increasing the share of renewable energies in energy production;
- increasing the number of households with drinking water supply;
- increasing school enrolment levels;
- increasing the number of jobs created.
The European Commission decision adopting the operational programme for Community assistance from the ERDF under the 'convergence' objective in the French Guiana region is the result of discussions and negotiations between the European Commission and France. The strategic priorities chosen are as follows:
- accelerating economic development and targeting competitiveness;
- promoting employment and social inclusion;
- pursuing regional planning and increasing the attractiveness of the region.
Guiana thus demonstrates in its draft operational programme a strong determination to refocus its assistance on economic development.
A detailed description of its strategic priorities makes it possible to estimate the share of Community funds allocated to the Lisbon Strategy’s priorities at approximately 56.1% for the ERDF and 66.2% for the ERDF and European Social Fund (ESF).
The operational programme has nine priorities:
- developing very high added value and innovative potential;
- strengthening the current economic fabric and targeting development through the internal market;
- opening up the region;
- offsetting the additional costs arising from the region's remoteness and other structural disadvantages;
- strengthening economic governance;
- ensuring sustainable development in an exceptional environmental context;
- ensuring a balanced development of the region by promoting the development of outreach activities;
- improving the quality of life;
- guaranteeing universal access to education;
- providing technical assistance.
Financial and Technical information
Operational programme 'French Guiana'
Intervention TypeOperational Programme
Number of decisionC/2007/5902
Final approval date29/11/2007
Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Developing very high added value and innovative potential||45 000 000||46 200 000||91 200 000|
|Strengthening the current economic fabric and targeting development through the internal market||36 824 000||17 625 000||54 449 000|
|Opening up the region||27 000 000||14 950 000||41 950 000|
|Offsetting the additional costs arising from the region's remoteness and other structural disadvantages||48 317 886||24 000 000||72 317 886|
|Strengthening economic governance||12 182 114||3 682 114||15 864 228|
|Ensuring sustainable development in an exceptional environmental context||10 000 000||4 965 000||14 965 000|
|Ensuring a balanced development of the region by promoting the development of outreach activities||11 500 000||11 300 000||22 800 000|
|Improving the quality of life||61 050 000||51 800 000||112 850 000|
|Guaranteeing universal access to education||41 000 000||111 150 000||152 150 000|
|Technical assistance||12 284 669||4 095 000||16 379 669|
|Total||305 158 669||289 767 114||594 925 783|