Operational Programme 'Alpine Space'

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


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On 20 September 2007, the European Commission approved a transnational cooperation programme between Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Slovenia (with participation from Liechtenstein and Switzerland) for the period 2007-13. The Alpine Space Programme falls within the framework laid out for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective and has a total budget of around €130 million. Community investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €98 million, which represents approximately 1.1% of the total EU investment earmarked for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.

1. Aim and purpose of the programme

The Programme aims to increase the competitiveness and attractiveness of the cooperation area by developing joint actions in fields where transnational cooperation is more effective and is also required for sustainable solutions.

2. Expected impact of investments

A series of indicators, applicable to each of the Programme priorities, has been developed by the countries taking part and will allow progress to be evaluated over the course of the Programme’s implementation. Concrete results will be measured in terms of enterprise creation, employment rates, pollution levels, environment awareness levels, public investment generated, and so on. More than 150 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and Research and Technological Development (R&TD) centres, 30 environmental authorities and NGOs, and 10 transport authorities/mobility operators are expected to be involved in and benefit from the project activities. The Programme will also see more than 25 quality-oriented projects carried out.

3. Priorities

The Operational Programme is structured along the following priorities:

Priority 1: Competitiveness and Attractiveness of the Alpine Space [approximately 32.6% of total funding]

The main objectives are:

  • Strengthening the innovation capabilities of SMEs, promoting their development and fostering cooperation between R&TD centres and SMEs;
  • Enhancing development options based on traditional sectors and cultural heritage; and
  • Strengthening the role of urban areas as drivers of sustainable development and the development of peripheral areas.

Priority 2: Accessibility and Connectivity [approximately 27.9% of total funding]

The main objectives are:

  • Securing fair access to public services, transport, information and communication;
  • Enhancing connectivity to lay the foundations for a knowledge-driven information society;
  • Promoting sustainable and innovative mobility models focused on environmental, human health and equality related issues; and
  • Mitigating the negative impacts of traffic flows crossing the Alps.

Priority 3: Environment and Risk Prevention [approximately 32.6% of total funding]

The main objectives are:

  • Enhancing cooperation on environmental protection issues;
  • Stimulating integrated approaches to conservation, planning and management of natural resources and cultural landscape;
  • Stimulating the development of resource efficiency with respect to water, energy, land use, raw materials and other natural resources;
  • Coping with the effects of climate change; and
  • Forecasting, predicting, mitigating and managing the impacts of natural and technological hazards.

Priority 4: Technical Assistance [approximately 6.9% of total funding]

This priority offers support for managing the Programme and covers information and communication activities.

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Operational Programme 'Alpine Space'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Competitiveness and Attractiveness of the Alpine Space 32 173 670 10 160 106 42 333 776
Accessibility and Connectivity 27 577 433 8 708 663 36 286 096
Environment and Risk Prevention 32 173 670 10 160 106 42 333 776
Technical Assistance 5 867 538 3 159 444 9 026 982
Total 97 792 311 32 188 319 129 980 630