Operational Programme 'Rhineland-Palatinate'

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

Germany

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On 7 August 2007, the European Commission approved a Regional Operational Programme for the region of Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany for the 2007-13 period. The Operational Programme falls within the Regional Competitiveness and Employment Objective framework and has a total budget of around €545 million. Community investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €217 million, which represents approximately 0.8% of the total EU investment for Germany under the 2007-13 Cohesion Policy.

1. Aim and purpose of the programme

The overall objective of the Programme is to develop living and working conditions further in the region and to strengthen competitiveness, sustainable growth and employment within the border and structurally weaker areas in particular.

With three neighbouring countries (i.e. France, Luxembourg and Belgium), Rhineland-Palatinate is a crossroads region between different languages and cultures. The Bundesland Rhineland-Palatinate, which has around 4 million inhabitants, is a centre for the chemical industry and viniculture, an important timber producer and an automobile industry supplier. It is furthermore home to specialised sectors such as the precious stone, ceramic and shoe industries. The Operational Programme will promote competitiveness and employment, develop innovative potential and promote sustainable urban and rural development. Through these objectives, Rhineland-Palatinate will contribute substantially to the achievement of the Lisbon Strategy objectives and to the Gothenburg objectives of sustainability.

2. Expected impact of investments

The programme aims to create and maintain 5000 jobs, to promote business start-ups and to promote innovation and knowledge. As the programme allocates some 84% of its total budget toward growth and jobs it is an important tool for realising the objectives of the revised Lisbon Strategy.

3. Priorities

Specific objectives of the Rhineland-Palatinate Regional Operational Programme include:

  • promoting equivalent living and working conditions throughout the region
  • strengthening competitive structures
  • facilitating sustainable growth and employment.

The Regional Operational Programme is structured along the following priorities:

Priority 1: Helping companies to create more and better jobs [approximately 37.0% of total funding]

This priority aims to stabilize job supply and employment security under the conditions of globalisation. Innovation support and special services for technology-oriented start-up enterprises will help to achieve these ends.

Priority 2: Promotion of knowledge and innovation for growth [approximately 40.9% of total funding]

The specific objective of this priority is to create and to consolidate the promotion of technology and innovation. This is to be pursued through:

  • network and cluster support
  • tourism innovation
  • research and competence centres support and technology transfer
  • small and medium-sized enterprises services
  • environmental research and technical environmental protection measures.

Priority 3: Promotion of the local and regional development to increase regional investment appeal and employment base [approximately 21.1% of total funding]

The strategic objective of this priority is to increase the attractiveness of the regions in the face of globalisation and worker migration. This is to be supported by revitalising conversion and fallow grounds and revaluation of headquarters with a particular need for economic, ecological and social development.

Priority 4: Technical assistance [approximately 1.0% of total funding]

There is provision for technical assistance to implement the programme. Financial support covers administration, monitoring, evaluation and control.

Financial and Technical information

Operational Programme 'Rhineland-Palatinate'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

CCI no

2007DE162PO011

Number of decision

C/2007/3877 + C/2010/8622

Final approval date

07/08/2007

Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Promotion of the base relating to the company to create more and better jobs 79 090 000 4 000 000 83 090 000
Promotion of knowledge and of innovation for more growth 88 035 000 59 970 000 148 005 000
Promotion of the local and regional development to increase the attractiveness of the regions for investors and manpower 45 049 000 45 049 000 90 098 000
Technical assistance 5 439 760 5 439 760 10 879 520
Total 217 613 760 114 458 760 332 072 520