Operational Programme 'Languedoc-Roussillon'

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

France

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On 18 October 2007 the European Commission approved an Operational Programme for the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France for 2007-2013.

This Operational Programme comes under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective and has a total budget of about 817 million euros. The financing provided by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some 270 million euros, representing about 1.9% of Community aid to France as part of the cohesion policy for 2007-2013.

The national public contribution amounts to 386,3 million euros and may partly consist of Community loans granted by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and other loan instruments.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

The strategy of the Operational Programme is based primarily on:

  • regional issues highlighted by identifying and analysing the region's potential;
  • the Community and national strategic framework establishing the principles for the allocation of Community funds.

The regional strategy covers five areas which comprise the programme priorities:

  • innovation, technology transfer and economic development;
  • the environment and risk prevention;
  • alternatives to road transport;
  • information and communication technologies;
  • accessibility and regional cohesion.

The detailed description of the priorities indicate that the proportion of Community financing devoted to the Lisbon priorities will amount to more than 67%.

2. Expected impact of the investment

The Community funding should make it possible to create nearly 440 jobs and 140 innovative firms, along with 70 cooperation projects between business and research and the involvement of 4 000 firms in technological research and development.

3. Priorities

The Operational Programme is centred on four priorities:

Priority 1: Developing innovation and the knowledge-based economy as factors of growth and competitiveness [about 42.4% of total investment]

Innovation is a process related to exploiting the possibilities offered by the market to develop new products, services and processes. Consequently, vigorous competitive pressure is essential to provide firms with strong incentives to be continually involved in innovation, research and development, and also to develop other forms of non-technological innovation in areas such as marketing, design, organisation, social aspects, governance, services or the environment.

More specifically, the aim of Priority 1 is to:

  • foster concerted encouragement of innovation;
  • help establish the conditions for the competitiveness of firms in the region at each stage of their development;
  • use regional research as a basis for encouraging the competitiveness of firms.

Priority 2: Reducing the vulnerability of the region, ensuring its appeal and the quality of the environment and curbing greenhouse gas emissions [about 32.3% of total investment]

Because of the variety of weather conditions (Mediterranean, Atlantic, continental) and also because of Languedoc-Roussillon's geological features and terrain, the region is blessed with a very rich and varied natural environment. These environmental assets, apart from their appeal as heritage often of national significance, not only provide the essential background for a number of economic activities (fishing, shellfish farming, agriculture, tourism) but are also an essential feature which distinguishes the region's appeal in attracting people and firms.

Achieving a balance for these environmental features, which are often delicate, involves coping with intense pressure and conflicting use: population growth, pollution, natural risks, marine erosion, quality of water resources, communication infrastructure, etc. The issue of the relations between various human activities and the pressure they exert on natural resources is thus urgently topical.

The aims of this priority are to:

  • prevent risks to the population and economic activities;
  • protect the coastline and restore iconic sites;
  • promote energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy sources;
  • help cut greenhouse gas emissions;
  • preserve the quality of water and aquatic environments;
  • ensure the sustainable management of water resources;
  • ensure that species, sites of great natural value and the countryside are protected and properly exploited.

Priority 3: Encourage accessibility (information and communication technologies and infrastructure) and balanced regional development [about 24.1% of total investment]

The competitiveness of the Languedoc-Roussillon region and its various districts requires better accessibility, for information and communication technologies and for transport infrastructure, and the greater appeal of the region in conjunction with balanced regional development.

It is also essential to promote equal opportunities and social cohesion, by regenerating urban areas or fostering regional excellence. The idea of this approach is to ensure the consistency of sectoral policies and the spatial interaction of various types of contract.

The primary aims of the third priority are to:

  • strengthen ICT networks and infrastructure;
  • develop innovative uses of information and communication technologies;
  • provide a better service for the region;
  • promote and develop alternatives to road transport;
  • provide a quest for competitiveness linked to balanced regional development and cohesion.

Priority 4: Technical assistance [about 1.2% of total investment]

The aim of this priority is to ensure effective management of the Community funding for the implementation and monitoring of the programme and its projects by providing:

  • support for the management, monitoring and control system and for the assessment of the Operational Programme and its projects;
  • support for organisation, communication and publicity in connection with the programme and its projects.

Financial and Technical information

Operational Programme 'Languedoc-Roussillon'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

CCI no

2007FR162PO013

Number of decision

C/2007/5206

Final approval date

18/10/2007

Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Developing innovation and the knowledge-based economy as factors of growth and competitiveness 99 015 151 107 656 473 206 671 624
Reducing the vulnerability of the region, ensuring its appeal and the quality of the environment and curbing greenhouse gas emissions 93 611 000 153 452 309 247 063 309
Encourage accessibility (information and communication technologies and infrastructure) and balanced regional development 71 493 876 121 078 338 192 572 214
Technical assistance 6 300 000 4 200 000 10 500 000
Total 270 420 027 386 387 120 656 807 147