Operational Programme 'Caribbean'

INTERREG IV programme under the 'European Territorial Cooperation' Objective co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)


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On 26 March 2008, the European Commission approved an operational programme INTERREG IV for the Caribbean Region for the period 2007-2013. This cooperation programme covers, on the one hand, Guadeloupe, St Martin, St Barthelemy, Martinique and French Guiana and, on the other hand, the non-member countries bordering the Caribbean Sea, in particular those in the Caribbean Forum of ACP States (CARIFORUM).

This operational programme comes under the 'European Territorial Cooperation' Objective and has a total budget of about EUR 64 million. The financing provided by the European Union via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is around EUR 48 million, representing some 0.3% of total Community contributions in France in the context of the 2007-2013 cohesion policy. For the non-member countries which are partners in this cooperation programme, financing under the European Development Fund (EDF) will be sought.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

The objective of the cooperation strategy of the 'INTERREG IV Caribbean' programme 2007-2013 is to support the harmonious, concerted and sustained development of the Caribbean area, based on economic growth, job creation and respect for the environment. It aims to deepen regional cooperation and strengthen territorial cohesion based on competitiveness, attractiveness and integration of the area and exploitation of its assets and resources.

2. Expected impact of the investments

This cooperation programme is centred around targets to:

  • increase the means of communication;
  • develop innovation networks;
  • implement projects in the field of sustainable tourism;
  • support actions to protect natural maritime and terrestrial resources;
  • develop waste treatment projects;
  • support activities in the areas of education, training, culture, health and mutual knowledge of administrative institutional systems.

3. Priorities

This operational programme has four priorities:

Priority 1: Innovation, knowledge-based economy, opening up and improving the connectivity of the territories [approx. 44% of total investment]

The objective of this priority is to:

  • enhance the economic growth potential of the Caribbean area through innovation, research, a knowledge-based economy and technology transfer;
  • enhance the economic activities linked to tourism development, social economic solidarity, in particular through better coordination in the field of air and maritime transport, trading platforms and digital networks and services, and improved communication.

Priority 2: Environment, sustainable management of resources (terrestrial, maritime) and risks [approx. 30% of total investment]

The aim is to encourage concerted sustainable management policies for natural areas, through the creation of common structures and pilot projects on waste management, water resources, coastal management and biodiversity.

The programme should thus make it possible to develop regional capacities in these areas, including soil pollution, energy management and production, and enhance natural areas to the benefit of sustainable tourism development based on eco-tourism.

Priority 3: Developing common services and synergies between the institutions and the territories in order to strengthen social cohesion and integration [approx. 20% of total investment]

The aim of this priority is to address the need to strengthen cooperation between civil society players, so that the population can take better account of the social, cultural, linguistic and historical dimensions of the Caribbean area.

To this end, the scope of cooperation will be widened through dynamic projects aimed at the general public, in the fields of education (school exchanges, occupational mobility), culture and disease prevention, through:

  • the joint use of infrastructures;
  • improving the mutual knowledge between institutional, administrative and legal systems;
  • strengthening coordination capacities with respect to development strategies and the management of the Caribbean territories.

Priority 4: Technical assistance [approx. 6% of total investment]

Technical assistance is to be provided in the fields of management, monitoring and control and for evaluating the programme and its projects, as well as for the communication and promotion activities.

This priority also aims to mobilise appropriate resources to meet the requirements of stimulating and promoting the area, which is characterised by geographical fragmentation and cultural and linguistic diversity.

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Operational Programme 'Caribbean'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Innovation, knowledge-based economy, opening up the region and connectivity 21 068 128 7 022 710 28 090 838
Environment, sustainable management of resources (terrestrial and maritime) and risks 14 364 633 4 788 211 19 152 844
Developing common services and synergies between the institutions and the territories to strengthen social cohesion and integration 9 576 422 3 192 141 12 768 563
Technical assistance 2 872 927 957 642 3 830 569
Total 47 882 110 15 960 704 63 842 814