Operational Programme 'Saxony'

Programme involving participation by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), under the 'convergence' objective


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On 5 July 2007, the European Commission approved a regional development programme for Saxony covering the period 2007-2013, entitled "Operationelle Programm des Freistaats Sachsen für den Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (ERDF) im Ziel "Konvergenz" in der Förderperiode 2007-2013 [ERDF (Covergence Objective) operational programme for Saxony, 2007-2013]". This program constitutes European Union funding for Saxony under the "convergence" objective, including areas qualifying for transitional assistance ("phasing out")). The overall budget of the programme comprises some 4 124 million EUR, EU assistance from the ERDF amounting to approximately 3 091 million EUR (roughly 11,74 % of all the EU funding invested in Germany under cohesion policies over the period 2007-2013).

1. Aims and objectives of EU investment

The primary goal of the programme is the sustainable development of Saxony through an improvement in the prerequisites for environmentally friendly economic and employment growth. Safeguarding and enhancing the competitiveness of the economy in Saxony is a significant part of ERDF support, given a per capita GDP figure of only 73,54% of the EU-25 average over the years 2000-2002, shortcomings in the availability of capital and the intense international competition to attract companies. Over the 2007-2013 period, investment will focus more heavily on innovation.

Saxony's development strategy for using ERDF funding reflects the objectives set out at Lisbon and Göteborg. The ERDF programme for Saxony is also designed to stimulate equality of opportunity, to ensure non-discrimination and to boost durable urban development. Development measures will also take into account the challenges posed by demographic change.

The operational programme seeks to stimulate and support innovative forces within the economy and society, to modernise the education and training infrastructure, to enhance the competitive position of Saxony's economy, to expand the transport infrastructure to cope with the needs placed upon it and to improve the infrastructure of Saxony in terms of the quality it can offer as a location for enterprises.

2. The anticipated impact of the investment

Among other goals, the programme seeks to create 24 760 jobs (including 760 in the field of R&D) and to safeguard a further 26 570 (including 7 170 R&D jobs), to support 1 036 company led R&D projects and to assist 15 urban districts as part of an integrated urban development plan for durable development.

3. Priority axes

In order to achieve the main objectives of the programme as set out under 4., Saxony's ERDF operational programme for 2007-2013 is structured in terms of the following priority axes:

Priority axis 1: Strengthening innovation, science and research

This priority axis calls for the structures of the economy to focus on knowledge based fields through the development of the innovative skills of enterprises in Saxony and the expansion of research and science facilities. More specifically, this is to be achieved through the funding of single-company R&D projects, joint R&D projects, technology transfer, providing risk capital for new technology companies, applied research projects and infrastructure, university infrastructure, E-Business in SMEs and E-Government.

Priority axis 2: Improvements in education and training infrastructure

Against the background of the forecast demographic changes, the level of education of the population will play a key role in the economic development of Saxony. Priority axis 2 accordingly seeks to create the infrastructure preconditions for implementing innovative approaches to education in schools and other institutions, thus making a major contribution to enhancing the quality and effectiveness of schooling and vocational training systems. In this context, funding will be invested in the infrastructure of the Berufsakademie, in information and applications technology in schools, in centres for pedagogical training and in vocational training centres.

Priority axis 3: Enhancing the competitiveness of manufacturing industry

Enhancing the competitiveness of manufacturing industry
This priority axis calls for stimulation of the performance and productivity of the private sector and support for action undertaken by enterprises, thus contributing to alleviating the employment and growth problems encountered in Saxony. This is to be achieved by supporting single-enterprise investment and more business-oriented infrastructure as part of the joint federal government/Länder government responsibility "Improvement of the regional economic structure", by supporting business networks, market access and greater energy efficiency in SMEs and by rehabilitating former mining areas so that enterprises can settle there.

Priority axis 4: Improving the transport infrastructure

Good transport links are of fundamental importance for the long-term competitive position and attractiveness of a region. Following the eastward expansion of the EU, Saxony will be able to profit from its central location in Europe once the supra-regional traffic infrastructure has been properly developed and all part of Saxony are optimally linked to each other. Accordingly, Saxony intends to upgrade and rebuild all economic and important national roads and to stimulate environmentally friendly forms of transport.

Priority axis 5: Expansion and improvement of the infrastructure to permit durable economic growth

The infrastructural quality of Saxony as a location for enterprises is to be enhanced by stimulating durable urban development, revitalisation of former industrial sites and conversion zones, together with investment in environmental protection, in renewable forms of energy and in flood protection.

Priority axis 6: Technical assistance

Funding has also been allocated for technical assistance in the implementation of the programme, including measures relating to the preparation, administration, supervision, assessment, information and monitoring of the operational programme.

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Operational Programme 'Saxony'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Strengthening innovation, science and research 1 096 187 089 325 699 244 1 421 886 333
Improving education infrastructure 235 680 127 77 840 340 313 520 467
Increasing the competitiveness of the economy 600 559 583 195 449 896 796 009 479
Improving the transport infrastructure 555 460 114 177 297 185 732 757 299
Developing and improving infrastructure for a sustainable economic growth 559 293 473 178 040 462 737 333 935
Technical assistance 43 959 320 14 653 105 58 612 425
Total 3 091 139 706 968 980 232 4 060 119 938