Operational Programme 'South Netherlands'

Programme under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective, co-funded by ERDF


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The European Commission approved on June 14 2007 a regional development programme, the Operational Programme "South Netherlands" for the period 2007-2013. This programme involves Community support for the South Netherlands region within the framework of the "Regional Competitiveness and Employment" objective. The total budget of the programme is around EUR 462.4 million and the Community assistance through the ERDF amounts to EUR 185.9 million (approximately 11.2 % of the total EU money invested in the Netherlands under Cohesion policy 2007-2013).

1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment

The programme covers the provinces of Noord Brabant, Limburg and Zeeland. The region has a GDP per capita of 121% of the EU average, below the average for the country (124.8%).

The programme builds on the regional strengths in terms of technology and the knowledge economy, looking to reinforce innovative processes, R&D investment and entrepreneurship, provide a favourable environment for businesses and workers and address the urban challenges in the region. In line with the National Strategic Reference Framework, it is strongly linked to the "Growth and Jobs" agenda and sustainability.

2. Priorities

The programme is structured according to the following priorities:

Priority 1: Knowledge Economy, entrepreneurship and innovation

This priority axis aims to strengthen the position of South Netherlands as a top technological region, putting its emphasis on R&D investment, innovation and entrepreneurship. Addressing the collaboration between research institutes and enterprises, setting up clusters and promoting innovative processes are amongst the foreseen actions.

Priority 2: Attractive regions

This priority aims at improving the investment climate in the region providing enterprises and workers with the right area in which to live and work; foreseen activities target the environment, culture, tourism, energy or access to ICT.

Priority 3: The urban dimension

Under this priority, the programme addresses urban issues in the GSB-cities (Breda, Tilburg, s'Hertogenbosch, Helmond, Eindhoven, Venlo, Sittard/Geleen, Heerlen and Maastricht). Action addresses inner city problems, the quality of the environment, access to ICT or better quality sites for businesses.

Priority 4: Technical assistance

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

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Operational Programme 'South Netherlands'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Knowledge Economy, entrepreneurship & innovation 92 950 000 162 604 000 255 554 000
Attractive regions 45 312 000 116 184 000 161 496 000
The urban dimension 40 202 000 99 053 000 139 255 000
Technical assistance 7 436 000 14 873 000 22 309 000
Total 185 900 000 392 714 000 578 614 000