Operational programme 'Lorraine'

Programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the 'Regional Competitiveness and Employment' objective


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On 7 August 2007 the European Commission approved an operational programme for the region of Lorraine in France for 2007-2013.

This operational programme comes under the ‘Regional Competitiveness and Employment Objective’ and has a total budget of around €1.1 billion. The aid provided by the European Union (EU) under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €330 million, representing about 2.3% of Community contributions to France under the cohesion policy for 2007-2013.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

The strategy adopted in the operational programme, in keeping with the Community Strategic Guidelines and the national strategic reference framework, has the following aims:

  • to contend with the industrial changes resulting from the decline linked to the loss of the basic industries (mining, steel and textile industry) ;
  • to make the region more attractive.

Lorraine has moved on from being an economy dependent on a single industry to a more diversified economy, thanks to the arrival of new companies (often from abroad). The principal aim is to develop Lorraine’s economy by exploiting its assets, and to make it more competitive, in synergy with research (focusing on the use of ICTs), and more sustainable.

It would also appear necessary to:

  • improve and raise the level of services;
  • ensure sustainable management of the territory;
  • conserve a quality environment.

2. Expected impact of the investment

As an example, Community assistance in the field of innovation, research, competitiveness and new technologies should lead to the creation of around 6 800 jobs, and between 2 800 and 3 500 new businesses born from cooperation between research and the business world.

200-250 patent applications and 2 050 higher-education e-learning diplomas are also forecast.

Community support for sustainable development and measures to combat the greenhouse effect should make it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 000 tonnes of CO2.

3. Priorities

Implementation of the regional development programme for Lorraine is based on six priorities:

Priority 1: To develop innovation, research, competitiveness and information and communication technologies (ICTs) [approx. 65.5% of total investment]

This priority includes various measures:

  • preparation of a regional innovation strategy;
  • support for research and development projects run by designated competitiveness poles, and for the creation of new poles;
  • improvement of cooperation among participants in research and innovation;
  • support for business competitiveness by encouraging the dissemination of innovation;
  • technology transfer and the use of ICTs.

Priority 2: To promote sustainable development and measures to combat the greenhouse effect [approx. 15% of total investment]

The objectives covered by this priority are designed to encourage:

  • energy efficiency and development of renewable energy forms;
  • preservation of biodiversity and sites of special interest;
  • prevention of the most serious risks to the population of Lorraine (risks linked to flooding, industrial or mining activities, and polluted sites or land).

Environmental protection is also being supported by a policy of clean transport, especially by promoting intermodal and alternative transport, the development of separated urban transport, and transport of goods by rail and waterway.

Priority 3: To support urban policy [approx. 4.5% of total investment]

This priority will be implemented through a call for projects, putting the emphasis on measures conducive to the development of economic activity, together with measures to reduce social exclusion and environmental problems so as to contribute to sustainable urban development.

Special attention will be devoted to the governance of projects, which will have to include specific measures in areas such as:

  • development of economic activities;
  • energy management;
  • additional services for the population;
  • environmental rehabilitation.

The call for projects will be addressed to the municipalities which have already subscribed to an urban social cohesion contract.

Priority 4 To support the major issues for the development of Lorraine [approx. 10.5% of total investment]

The fourth priority relates more particularly to:

  • action in specific areas to continue alleviating the adverse effects of the loss of the mining, steel and textile industries;
  • measures to exploit the arrival of the TGV high-speed train, in the vicinity of the stations it serves;
  • participation in the development of designated cross-border agglomerations.

Priority 5: Interregional programme for the Massif des Vosges [approx. 2.5% of total investment]

The objective of this priority covers five subject areas:

  • support for diversification and renewal of tourist activities and accommodation in order to achieve sustainable tourism;
  • inclusion of energy and climate issues in the area’s economy;
  • support for the modernisation of services for the population;
  • improved real estate management and land use;
  • optimising of public transport and development of intermodality.

Priority 6: Technical assistance [approx. 2% of total investment]

This priority will provide support for:

  • an efficient management, monitoring and control system;
  • programme and project evaluation;
  • organisation, communication and publicity for the programme and operations.

Financial and Technical information

Operational programme 'Lorraine'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
To develop innovation, research, competitiveness and ICTs 156 750 000 156 750 000 313 500 000
To promote sustainable development and measures to combat the greenhouse effect 70 100 000 70 100 000 140 200 000
To support urban policy 24 000 000 24 000 000 48 000 000
To support the major issues for the development of Lorraine 55 996 415 60 277 213 116 273 628
Interregional programme for the Massif des Vosges 10 870 000 15 624 000 26 494 000
Technical assistance 11 690 000 11 490 000 23 180 000
Total 329 406 415 338 241 213 667 647 628