OP Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ERDF 2014-2020

Germany

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Programme description

Main objectives

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern pursues with the ERDF the goal to develop a future oriented, self-sustaining economy with competitive and sustainable jobs for women and men. The ERDF should also increase the social inclusion. The economic catching-up of the Land that is still not completed should be further promoted through an increase in intelligent but at the same time sustainable and inclusive growth. 

The strategy for the use of the ERDF links the priorities of the strategy Europe2020 with the major economic, social and ecological challenges of the Land. These latter include a very fragmented entrepreneurial base with few businesses in processing industries coupled with weak R&D performance. The unfavourable demographic development with a still above average unemployment rate – despite the recent positive economic development and the successful reduction of the unemployment – pose further challenges, as well as a high at-risk-of-poverty rate.

Therefore the ERDF investments should first and foremost strengthen the innovation capacity of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and broaden its economic base while creating even more and better jobs. Beyond this, the ERDF investments will deliver a contribution to the reduction of CO2-emissions both in the public and private sector. The cities of the Land will also be supported to strengthen their functions in the social, environmental and resource related action fields.

The operational programme for 2014-2020 demonstrates clear concentration and focuses on four thematic priorities in four priority axes:

  1. Support to Research & Development and innovation
  2. Support to the competitiveness of SMEs
  3. Support to the reduction of CO2-emissions
  4. Support to the integrated sustainable urban development

In spite of a reduction in total ERDF allocations (968 Mio. Euro for 2014-2020 vs. 1.252 Mio. Euro for 2007-2013) the intensity of foreseen expenditures for Research & Development and innovation has been increased. 26% of the total allocations (without counting the Technical Assistance) will go into this priority axis. In financial terms, the second priority axis – the support to the competitiveness of SMEs – will receive the highest support in the new operational programme (33% of the total allocations): measures to directly support SMEs are foreseen, as well as the improvement of the economic infrastructure (including the tourism infrastructure).

Some 23% of the overall allocations will be spent on measures in the third priority axis, which go well beyond the regulatory minimum. These measures will target CO2-reduction, as well as the improvement of the local public transportation infrastructure and construction of cycle tracks.

17% of the overall programme volume will be dedicated to the support of integrated sustainable urban development. Hereby projects can be co-financed to implement integrated strategies for urban development that will address challenges in thematic areas such as 'Conserving of cultural heritage', 'Improvement of environment' or 'Integration into education, work and society'. The support to sustainable urban development will also be concentrated by supporting only projects in major and medium sized regional centers (23 municipalities).

The ERDF-OP pursues its goals in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern under consideration of the goal to preserve and protect the environment and to improve its quality (ecological sustainability). To this end, when designing the support instruments and later at the selection stage of concrete projects the contribution to environment and climate protection, as well as to energy and resource efficiency will be duly considered. In the same manner the basic horizontal principles of equal opportunities and non-discrimination will also be applied for the period 2014-2020. The ERDF should contribute to the reduction of gender segregation on the labour market and improve work-life balance.

Expected results

  • At least 150 research projects in enterprises, alone standing or in cooperation with research organisations
  • over 5.500 additional sustainable jobs
  • support to investments into 380 SMEs with an overall volume exceeding  600 Mio. Euro
  • reduction of greenhouse gas emission by over 20.000 t CO2-equivalents
  • 250 km of new or extended cycle tracks (along country or municipality roads) and 200 km of new or extended leisure bike trails
  • ca. 80.000 m² of created or rehabilitated open space in urban areas
  • 200 new or modernised social and education infrastructure  with a total surface of ca. 230.000 m²

Regions

  • Germany
    • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Funds

  • Regional Development Fund (ERDF): 967,806,184.00 €

Thematic priorities

  • TA - Technical Assistance
  • TO1 - Research and innovation
  • TO3 - SMEs competitiveness
  • TO4 - Low-carbon economy
  • TO6 - Environment and resource efficiency
  • TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 1,209,757,996.00 €

Total EU contribution: 967,806,184.00 €

CCI number: 2014DE16RFOP008