The European Commission adopted today the 2014-2020 Operational Programme for Calabria. The budget of the programme amounts to €2.37 billion, with €1.78 billion has been allocated by the EU from the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund.
Corina Crețu, Commissioner for Regional Policy, said: This programme will enable Calabria to fully capitalize on its strengths and boost the competitiveness of its economy, through enhanced innovation capacities for local businesses, better access to digital technologies and a more efficient and sustainable use of natural resources. I am very proud of the solid investment package we adopted today."
Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, added: "The ESF intervention in Calabria will focus on the fight against unemployment, in particular for young and long-term unemployed, and on the improvement of skill levels. The funds will also support the improvement of the efficiency of the public administration. 20% of the resources will be dedicated to the fight against poverty and to social inclusion of the most vulnerable people."
A large amount is earmarked to boost growth and job creation: €210 million will be invested in research and innovation, €186 million, in industrial competitiveness and €168 million, in broadband coverage and the support to the digital agenda.
Infrastructure and investment for environmental and energy sustainability are the second pillar of the programme: €486 million is earmarked to promote energy saving, €324 million, to preserve and promote the region's cultural and natural heritage, €223 million, to develop sustainable mobility networks and €93 million to prevent hydrogeological risks.
Social cohesion and training form a third pillar: €231 million will be invested to create new job and training opportunities for young people, €215 million, to promote social inclusion and tackle poverty, and €16 million, to bolster administrative capacity.
The expected results are:
- Support to over 2 000 businesses;
- New job opportunities for 10 000 people and 9 500 young people;
- Promotion of 470 collaborations between businesses and research institutes;
- 350 000 households connected to broadband (100Mbps);
- 160 000 tonnes of waste recycled;
- 40 000 people will benefit from preventive hydrogeological measures
- CO2 emissions cut by 60 615 tonnes;
- Improved access to water services for 200 000 people;
- 11 000 people from disadvantaged backgrounds will have access to university education
- 500 public-sector workers will be able to take courses in order to specialise
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