Operational Programme 'Campania'

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


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On 11 September 2007 the European Commission approved an Operational Programme for the Campania region in Italy for 2007-2013. This Operational Programme comes under the Convergence objective and has a total budget of 6.9 billion euros. The financing provided by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some 3.4 billion euros, representing about 11.8% of Community aid to Italy as part of the cohesion policy for 2007-2013.

The national contribution amounts to 3.4 billion euros and may partly consist of Community loans granted by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and other loan instruments.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

 The main aim of the Operational Programme is to promote the balanced and sustainable development of Campania by means of a long-term strategy intended to:

  • improve the quality of life;
  • ensure the balanced development of the region's urban and rural areas;
  • increase employment (for both men and women);
  • increase regional competitiveness in the national, European and Mediterranean context.

The programme is intended to make a significant contribution to the objectives of the Lisbon Strategy (54% of expenditure will target these objectives), with major support for research and development (R&D) and technological innovation and its dissemination in the region.

The detailed description of the priorities indicates that the proportion of Community financing devoted to the Lisbon priorities will amount to more than 52.5 % of ERDF funds.

2. Expected impact of the investment

The Community funding should make it possible to:

  • create more than 105 000 jobs (69 000 for men and 36 000 for women);
  • cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2.8 tonnes of CO², equivalent to 2.3 tonnes per inhabitant;
  • increase the proportion of urban waste which is sorted for collection from 10% to 18% of the total amount;
  • increase broadband coverage in the region from 89% to 99%;
  • increase the share of renewable energy sources in the generation of electric power from 3.3% to 20%;
  • construct 22 km of regional light railway.

3. Priorities

The Operational Programme is centred on seven priorities:

Priority 1: Environmental sustainability and cultural and tourism appeal [about 29.5% of total investment]

The main aims of this priority are to:

  • respond to pressing environmental demands;
  • contribute to the creation of an environmental context conducive to supporting tourism in the region.

Priority 2: Competitiveness of the region's productive economy [about 17.7% of total investment]

The aim of this priority is to enhance the competitiveness of Campania and, more specifically, to improve the productivity of production systems in the region's strategic sectors. The main priorities here are the promotion and dissemination of research and innovation, internationalisation and attracting foreign investment to the region.

Priority 3: Energy [about 4.4% of total investment]

This priority focuses on energy saving and the sustainable use of energy resources. The aim is to reduce the region's energy deficit by increasing regional energy production, especially from renewable sources.

Priority 4: Accessibility and transport [about 17.5% of total investment]

The aim of this priority is to contribute to the development of the region's communication routes by focusing on the European Network of Trunk Communications. The main aim is to make Campania a major communication point for the Mediterranean and also to improve access to the most peripheral areas.

Priority 5: Information society [about 5.8% of total investment]

The aim of this priority is to have a direct effect on the competitiveness of the regional economy, at the level both of undertakings (competitiveness) and of individuals (access to services, spread of on-line services).

Priority 6: Urban development and quality of life [about 2.2% of total investment]

The aim of this priority is to improve inhabitants' living conditions by incorporating actions for urban development in actions to promote social inclusion and wellbeing.

Priority 7: Technical assistance and cooperation [about 3.3% of total investment]

Technical assistance is planned for the implementation of the programme. The funding may be used to manage and monitor the Operational Programme. This priority covers programme-related activities such as coordination, management, assessment, information and communication.

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Operational Programme 'Campania'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Environmental sustainability and cultural and tourism appeal 1 012 500 000 1 012 500 000 2 025 000 000
Competitiveness of the region's productive economy 607 500 000 607 500 000 1 215 000 000
Energy 150 000 000 150 000 000 300 000 000
Accessibility and transport 600 000 000 600 000 000 1 200 000 000
Information society 197 500 000 197 500 000 395 000 000
Urban development and quality of life 752 500 000 752 500 000 1 505 000 000
Technical assistance and cooperation 112 397 599 112 397 599 224 795 198
Total 3 432 397 599 3 432 397 599 6 864 795 198