Operational Programme 'Ceuta'

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

Spain

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On 20 November 2007, the European Commission approved the ERDF Convergence Objective Operational Programme for Ceuta for the period 2007-13. This Programme constitutes Community support for Ceuta under the Convergence Objective. The overall budget of the Programme amounts to some €65.4 million. This includes EU investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of approximately €45.3 million, corresponding to about 0.24% of the ERDF financial package to be invested in Spain during the period 2007-13.

1. Aim and purpose of the programme

In accordance with the Lisbon Strategy, the primary goal of the support is to strengthen regional competitiveness and to create and secure permanent jobs through economic growth.

The Ceuta Programme will help strengthen the innovation capabilities of businesses and support implementation of integrated urban development Ceuta (located in North Africa). Equal opportunities and social integration are also to be promoted given the immigration pressure from surrounding North and Central African countries.

The Programme also aims to boost the city's competitiveness, in view of its geographic and demographic features.

2. Expected impact of investments

The Programme’s aims include integrating isolated areas and the outskirts into the city, enlarging the strategically located harbour and supporting the use of information technology services in public administration and businesses. Key impacts include a rise in the employment rate from 48.79% to 56.46%, a fall in the rate of water lost during distribution from 5.4% to 4.05%, and 170 000 square metres of urban development and upgrading in the port area.

3. Priorities

The Ceuta Regional Operational Programme is structured along the following priorities:

Priority 1: Entrepreneurial Development and Innovation [approximately 17.5% of total funding]

The objective of this priority is to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in all sectors of the economy including small enterprises active in traditional commercial sectors – this will be achieved by fostering cluster activities among the enterprises. The priority will support the adoption of information communication technologies by small enterprises, particularly e-commerce technology.

Priority 2: Environment, Natural Surroundings, Water Resources and Risk Prevention [approximately 17.8% of total funding]

As regards the environment, the Programme focuses on projects aimed at improving infrastructure for drinking water distribution and promoting infrastructure for biodiversity and investments in NATURA 2000 sites.

Priority3: Transport and Energy [approximately 25.9% of total funding]

The extension of the city's harbour and promotion of clean urban transport will be the main priorities of the city in the field of transport for the coming 7-year programming period.

In the area of energy, special projects will look to strengthen the infrastructure for renewable energy, both solar and biomass, and improve energy efficiency and management.

Priority 4: Local and Urban Sustainable Development [approximately 34.2% of total funding]

Projects aimed at promoting local and urban sustainable development will represent about the 35% of the total Programme. This priority targets suburbs in the city's outskirts, contributing to the integration of their populations and the rebuilding of basic infrastructure, thereby continuing the integrated development approach of the Community initiative URBAN (the URBAN acquis).

Another priority is to protect and preserve cultural heritage in an effort to support socio-economic development through sustainable tourism.

Priority 5: Social Infrastructures [approximately 4.2% of total funding]

The main objective of this priority is to develop a training centre targeting the construction sector and developing the employment potential of other professional sectors.

Priority 6: Technical Assistance and Reinforcement of Institutional Capacity [approximately 0.4% of total funding]

Funding has been allocated for technical assistance in implementing the Programme. This covers preparation, administration, supervision, assessment, information and communication, studies, evaluations and monitoring.

Financial and Technical information

Operational Programme 'Ceuta'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

CCI no

2007ES161PO003

Number of decision

C/2007/5720

Final approval date

20/11/2007

Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Development and innovation by and for enterprises 8 014 580 3 434 823 11 449 403
Environment, Water resources and Risk Prevention 8 136 756 3 487 182 11 623 940
Transport and energy 11 048 200 5 904 433 16 952 633
Local and Urban Sustainable Development 15 669 358 6 715 444 22 384 802
Social infrastructures 2 210 311 552 578 2 762 889
Technical Assistance and Reinforcement of Institutional Capacity 193 403 48 354 241 757
Total 45 272 608 20 142 814 65 415 424