Operational Programme 'Hamburg'

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


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On 10 December 2007, the European Commission approved a regional development programme for Hamburg for the period 2007-2013, the "Operational Programme for Hamburg 2007-2013 ERDF". This programme involves Community support for Hamburg under the 'Regional Competitiveness and Employment' objective. The programme's total budget is around EUR 74.05 million and the Community assistance through the ERDF amounts to around EUR 35.269 million (approximately 0.13 % of the total EU structural funds available for Germany in 2007-2013).

1. Purpose and aim of EU investment

Hamburg has identified four strategic objectives for the Operational Programme.

1) 'Reinforcing Hamburg as a location for application-oriented research and development', 2) 'Increasing the competitiveness of the Hamburg economy', 3) 'Consolidating existing and developing cluster structures and networks', and 4) 'Integrated development of individual city areas'. The overall goal of the ERDF programme is to 'consolidate the position of Hamburg as an innovation-oriented city and enhance its international attractiveness for investors and workers' in conjunction with the image of Hamburg as a 'growing city'.

With a per capita GDP of 195.2% of the EU average (2004), Hamburg is one of the more prosperous regions of the European Union. It is, however, conscious of the challenges set by demographic change, structural change and globalisation. On the basis of a socio-economic analysis, a set of growth factors have been identified for promotion under the programme. They include, in particular, targeted investment support for business start-ups and SMEs in technological and scientific areas, promotion of investment in protection of the environment and in higher energy productivity, strengthening of existing and planned clusters, taking particular account of the industrial application of advanced and high technology, and also support for local economies in developing the potential of small and medium-sized enterprises in selected city areas. Through these objectives, Hamburg will make a noticeable contribution to the achievement of the Lisbon strategy objectives and the Gothenburg objectives of sustainability.

2. Expected impact of investment

The programme aims, in particular, to create up to 1 000 jobs, promote and advise around 2 200 businesses and give support to approximately 100 new projects and ideas. Its indicative share of Lisbon-relevant categories of expenditure amounts to 80%.

3. Priorities

Taking into account the horizontal objectives of sustainability and the environment, the Operational Programme of Hamburg (ERDF) for 2007-2013 is divided into the following priorities:

Priority 1: Innovation and knowledge-based economy

The goal of this priority is to increase competitiveness by promoting growth and supporting innovation. The three areas of action for this priority are: 1) innovation, networking and knowledge transfer, 2) assisting enterprises and business start-ups and 3) environmental technology, resource efficiency and regenerative energies. The first area of action is that of cooperation and networking, in particular between science and industry, knowledge and technology transfer and the creation of scope for innovation. The second area of action relates to the reinforcement of research and development activities and innovative business start-ups, as well as the use of e-Government in SMEs. The third area of action concerns improvements in the use of resources and energy.

Priority 2: Integrated and sustainable urban development

The goal of this priority is to safeguard and expand competitive urban and suburban structures by strengthening local economies and the management of city areas, supporting the cultural economy and recycling and making more efficient use of land.

Priority 3: Technical assistance

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

Financial and Technical information

Operational Programme 'Hamburg'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

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Number of decision

C(2007) 6357

Final approval date


Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Innovation and knowledge-based economy 25 600 000 29 113 500 54 713 500
Integrated and sustainable urban development 8 400 000 8 400 000 16 800 000
Technical assistance 1 268 791 1 268 791 2 537 582
Total 35 268 791 38 782 291 74 051 082