Operational Programme 'Emilia-Romagna region'

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

Italy

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On 7 August 2007, the European Commission approved an Operational Programme for Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region for the period 2007-2013.

This Operational Programme comes under the ‘Regional Competitiveness and Employment’ objective. It has a total budget of some €347 million. The assistance provided by the European Union through the Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to nearly €128 million, which represents around 0.4% of Community contributions to Italy under the cohesion policy for the period 2007-2013.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

The strategy of the Operational Programme is based mainly on:

  • the regional issues identified following analysis of the region’s potential;
  • the Community and national strategic frameworks setting out the principles for the allocation of Community funding.

To contend with globalisation, production systems must be reorganised in order to be more competitive. Accordingly, sustainable development and the strengthening of research and innovation capabilities at both territorial and sectoral levels are at the heart of the region’s strategy.

Emilia-Romagna is also focusing on promoting ecological platforms in industrial zones and on doubling its renewable energy production.

The programme thus contributes towards achieving the objectives of the Lisbon Strategy in the field of economic competitiveness and employment. It also aims to:

  • give a significant boost to research and technology transfer capabilities;
  • target support for innovation;
  • do more for the environment and sustainable development.

Consequently, the main areas covered by the programme are research, innovation, energy and the environment, including better exploitation of the environmental and cultural heritage.

2. Expected impact of the investments

Implementation of the programme is based on achieving the following results:

  • increased spending on technological research and development;
  • a reduction in regional greenhouse gas emissions;
  • an increased share of renewable energies in energy production;
  • an increase in the number of jobs created, estimated at 14 000 by 2015.

3. Priorities

The operational programme is divided into five priorities:

Priority 1: Industrial research and technology transfer [approximately 33% of the total investment]

This priority is dedicated to promoting industrial research and technology transfer so as to boost competitiveness within the economic system. Consequently, the programme’s aim is to strengthen the regional high-technology network and its connection with the production system.

Priority 2: Entrepreneurial development and innovation [approximately 20% of the total investment]

This priority aims to support innovation in the production system. The integration of knowledge in production processes is therefore the key element in ensuring the international competitiveness of the region and its industry.

Priority 3: Improved energy and environmental efficiency and sustainable development [approximately 23% of the total investment]

This priority will focus on:

  • sustainable development, and more particularly innovation in the fields of energy and the environment;
  • promoting energy efficiency.

Priority 4: Enhancing and better exploiting the environmental and cultural heritage [approximately 20% of the total investment]

This priority will focus on enhancing and better exploiting the region’s cultural and natural resources so as to make them more attractive.

Priority 5: Technical assistance [approximately 4% of the total investment]

Technical assistance is envisaged for management, monitoring, evaluation, organisation, information and communication activities.

Financial and Technical information

Operational Programme 'Emilia-Romagna region'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

CCI no

2007IT162PO002

Number of decision

C/2007/3875

Final approval date

07/08/2007

Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Industrial research and technology transfer 42 218 240 72 109 924 114 328 164
Entrepreneurial development and innovation 25 698 059 43 892 997 69 591 056
Improved energy and environmental efficiency and sustainable development 29 369 210 50 163 425 79 532 635
Enhancing and better exploiting the environmental and cultural heritage 25 698 059 43 892 997 69 591 056
Technical assistance 5 124 315 8 752 473 13 876 788
Total 128 107 883 218 811 816 346 919 699