Operational Programme 'France-Switzerland INTERREG IVA'

Programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the European Territorial Cooperation objective


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On 20 December 2007 the European Commission approved the Operational Programme for cross-border cooperation INTERREG IVA France-Switzerland for the period 2007-2013. This Operational Programme comes under the European Territorial Cooperation objective and has a total budget of about 90 million euros. The financing provided by the Community from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some 55 million euros, representing about 0.6% of Community aid under the European Territorial Cooperation objective as part of the cohesion policy for 2007-2013.

The programme involves the French départements of Doubs, Jura, Territoire de Belfort, Ain and Haute-Savoie and the Swiss cantons of Berne, Jura, Neuchâtel, Vaud, Genève and Valais. The départements of Haut-Rhin, Côte d'Or, Saône-et-Loire, Haute-Saône, Rhône, Isère and Savoie in France and the canton of Fribourg in Switzerland can also take part in the programme as neighbouring territories and benefit from up to 20% of the ERDF contribution.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to the balanced development of the Franco-Swiss cooperation area in order to produce in an innovative and effective manner added value in economic, social and environmental terms. The aim of this objective is to support cooperation which is likely to boost cross-border innovation and to make the development of the cooperation area a part of sustainable development.

2. Expected impact of the investment

This cross-border cooperation programme should make it possible to improve the competitiveness of the cross-border areas and operators, by focusing particularly on creating value added and jobs. It should also make it possible:

  • to improve sustainable planning and development in the cross-border areas, by ensuring that mobility and the environment are better managed;
  • to promote access to high-quality services which are vital for the appeal of the cross-border areas;
  • to ensure proper management of European funding for the implementation, monitoring and communication of the programme and projects.

3. Priorities

The Operational Programme is centred on four priorities:

Priority 1: Economy, innovation, training [about 33.5% of total investment]

The aim of this priority is to:

  • develop conditions conducive to the emergence and sound operation of cross-border production systems which contribute to economic growth and job creation;
  • encourage partnerships between firms and research organisations;
  • develop special services for access to employment;
  • increase the cross-border mobility of human resources and labour market fluidity;
  • adapt skills to changes in job requirements.

Priority 2: Regional planning, transport, environment [about 41% of total investment]

This priority has three main aims:

  • coordinated development of planning;
  • better organisation of mobility;
  • conservation and exploitation of natural and scenic resources.

Priority 3: Quality of life, appeal, services [about 21% of total investment]

The aim here is to:

  • improve the quality and accessibility of services;
  • diversify and spread information and communication (ICT) technologies among users;
  • develop and encourage cross-border tourism, cultural and leisure facilities;
  • foster cross-border cooperation for forecasting natural, health, environmental and industrial risks.

Priority 4: Technical assistance [about 4.5% of total investment]

The aim of this priority is to provide support for the introduction of an effective management, monitoring and control system to evaluate the programme and its projects and handle communication and promotion.

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Operational Programme 'France-Switzerland INTERREG IVA'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Economy, innovation, training 18 112 211 9 056 105 27 168 316
Regional planning, transport, environment 22 252 146 12 238 680 34 490 826
Quality of life, appeal, services 11 384 819 4 648 801 16 033 620
Assistance technique 3 303 139 660 628 3 963 767
Total 55 052 315 26 604 214 81 656 529