Regional Operational Programme for Lüneburg (Lower Saxony)

Programme co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Convergence objective


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On 7 August 2007, the European Commission approved the "ERDF 2007-2013 Operational Programme for the Lüneburg Region in Lower Saxony". This programme provides Community funding under the Convergence objective (areas qualifying for transitional assistance ("phasing out")). The overall budget of the programme is approximately EUR 875 million, including Community assistance from the ERDF amounting to EUR 589 million (roughly 2.24% of all EU funding invested in Germany under the cohesion policy over the period 2007-2013).

1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment

In accordance with the Lisbon Strategy, the primary goal of the support is to strengthen regional competitiveness and to create and secure permanent jobs through economic growth.

The objectives set out at Lisbon and Göteborg are reflected in the development strategy of the Lüneburg convergence region. The ERDF programme for Lower Saxony is also designed to stimulate equality of opportunity and environmental protection, and to boost sustainable urban development. Furthermore, development measures will also take into account the challenges posed by demographic change.

The aims of the operational programme are to improve competitiveness, particularly of SMEs, foster innovation in universities, business and society and enhance tourism potential in order to improve competitiveness.

2. The expected impact of the investment

The programme seeks, among other things, to create 1 700 jobs and safeguard 2 500, fund 35 new cooperation projects between the scientific and business communities and support 230 projects relating to integrated urban development schemes.

3. Priority axes

In order to achieve the main objectives of the programme as set out under point 4, the ERDF 2007-2013 Operational Programme for the Lüneburg Region is structured in terms of the following priority axes:

Priority 1: Industrial competitiveness and employment, in particular with regard to SMEs

The areas of support under this priority are intended to increase businesses' ability to hold their own amid intensifying national and international competition in terms of location. This is to be achieved through supporting forward-looking investment, enhancing entrepreneurial potential and encouraging the setting-up of new businesses.

Priority 2: Capacity for innovation and knowledge society potential

This priority is intended to make a lasting contribution to the Lisbon Strategy and strengthen endogenous potential for innovation in the convergence region. In order to achieve these goals, a two-strand strategy will be adopted. On the one hand, industrial innovation capacity is to be boosted by direct support for businesses. On the other hand, the potential of universities and research institutes in the target area is to be channelled into helping SMEs. This is to be achieved primarily by stepping up research, development and training, boosting industrial innovation capacity and technology-oriented businesses and developing regional and sectoral cooperation structures.

Priority 3: Specific infrastructures for sustainable growth

The focus behind this priority is to improve the quality of the convergence region as a business location in an extensive and lasting manner. This is to be achieved by improving the economic infrastructure in order to fully tap growth potential and the potential of tourism to improve competitiveness, and by modernising and interconnecting the transport infrastructure.

Priority 4: Environment and sustainable urban development

In view of demographic change, sustainable development plays an important role in the Lüneburg region. Under priority 4, special emphasis is therefore laid on improving environmental quality, reducing environmental risks, and revitalising and further developing urban areas.

Priority 5: Technical assistance

Resources are also earmarked for technical assistance to implement the programme. Financing will be provided for coordination, information, preparation, administration, support, assessment and monitoring measures for the operational programme.


Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport (Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Verkehr), Department 14.

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Regional Operational Programme for Lüneburg (Lower Saxony)

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Industrial competitiveness and employment, in particular with regard to SMEs 113 000 000 25 551 000 138 551 000
Capacity for innovation and knowledge society potential 132 500 000 24 686 506 157 186 506
Specific infrastructures for sustainable growth 195 000 000 125 936 979 320 936 979
Environment and sustainable urban development 128 500 000 37 610 667 166 110 667
Technical assistance 20 000 000 6 600 000 26 600 000
Total 589 000 000 220 385 152 809 385 152