Operational Programme 'Bavaria'

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


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The European Commission approved on June 26 2007 a regional development programme for Bavaria for the period 2007-2013, the "Operational Programme Bavaria 2007-2013 ERDF". This programme involves Community support for Bavaria within the framework of the "Regional Competitiveness and Employment" objective. The total budget is around EUR 1,767 million and the Community assistance through the ERDF amounts to around EUR 576 million (approximately 2.19% of the total EU structural funds available for Germany in 2007-2013).

1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment

The overall objective of the programme is to develop further living and working conditions within the region and to strengthen competitiveness, sustainable growth and employment, in particular in the border and structurally weaker areas.

With a GDP per capita at 137.9 % of EU average, Bavaria, a whole belongs to the regions well above the EU-average. However, in view of globalisation and significant changes within the EU internal market after the 2004 enlargement, Bavaria, a former EU external border region which also comprises large rural areas, needs to aim its support for continuous transition towards a knowledge-based economy and strengthening of its competitive structures through active participation on wider markets. The operational programme shall promote competitiveness and employment of small and medium-sized enterprises; develop the innovative potential; support certain infrastructures in the border area, and promote sustainable urban and rural development. Through these objectives, Bavaria will substantially contribute to the achievement of the Lisbon strategy objectives and the Gothenburg objectives of sustainability.

2. The expected impact of the investment

The programme aims inter alia at creating and/or maintaining up to 56,000 jobs, involving more than 2,400 small and medium-sized enterprises, and 236 newly-developed projects, products, processes or services. Its indicative share of Lisbon-relevant categories of expenditure amounts to 59%.

3. Priority axes

Taking into account the strategic objectives of promoting equivalent living and working conditions throughout the region, and strengthening competitive structures, sustainable growth and employment, the Bavarian 2007-2013 ERDF operational programme is structured into the following priority axes:

Priority 1: Innovation and knowledge-based economy

The specific objective of this priority axis is the creation and consolidation of establishments for promoting technology and innovation. This is to be pursued by supporting clusters and networks, innovative actions in tourism, by research and competence centres and technology transfer, services for small and medium-sized enterprises, environmental research and measures of technical protection in this last area.

Priority 2: Promotion of competitiveness and employment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

This priority axis aims at stabilizing job supply and employment under the conditions of globalisation and technological progress. This shall be attained through financial instruments, aids for innovative investments, support of innovation and technology-oriented founders, and services for enterprises.

Priority 3: Sustainable urban development

The strategic objective of this priority axis is to develop certain urban centres and adjacent rural areas, taking into account conditions of demography and globalisation. This is to be supported by revitalisation of conversion and fallow grounds, revaluation of urban and local areas with a particular need for economic, ecological and social development.

Priority 4: Risk precaution and resource protection

This priority axis aims at sustainable development and preservation of natural resources with respect to climate-change. This shall be implemented through measures of flood protection and against snow-slips, actions attaching value to natural potentials, and support of rational energy production and consumption.

Priority 5: Sustainable economic development of the border areas

The strategic objective of this priority axis, which entails a special allocation to the Bavarian border areas, is to promote the potentials arising from Eastern enlargement for the border area with the Czech Republic. This shall be attained through infrastructures in tourism and soft support of tourism; and certain investments in transport infrastructure.

Priority 6: Technical assistance

There is also provision for technical assistance in order to implement the programme. Financial support is available covering administration, monitoring, evaluation and control.

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Operational Programme 'Bavaria'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Innovation and knowledge-based economy 114 835 000 79 484 200 194 319 200
Promotion of competitiveness and employment of SMEs 173 601 881 95 712 000 269 313 881
Sustainable urban development 103 272 000 84 657 600 187 929 600
Risk precaution and resource protection 94 272 000 88 557 600 182 829 600
Sustainable economic development of the border area 84 317 119 71 491 400 155 808 519
Technical assistance 5 636 188 4 508 950 10 145 138
Total 575 934 188 424 411 750 1 000 345 938