Operational Programme 'Liguria'

Programme under Regional competitiveness and employment objective, co-funded by ERDF


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The European Commission approved on 27 November 2007 the "Regional Operational Programme for Liguria ERDF (2007-2013)". This programme involves Community support for the region Liguria within the framework of the "Regional competitiveness and employment" objective. The total budget of the programme is EUR 530,235,365 and the Community assistance through the ERDF amounts to EUR 168,145,488 (approximately 0,6% of the total ERDF invested in Italy under the Regional competitiveness and employment objective 2007-2013).

1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment

Liguria's ERDF programme is directed to enhancing the innovation capacity and competitiveness of the businesses through networking and cooperation with R&D public-funded bodies and Universities, based on the stimulation and support of the demand of advanced services by the SMEs. It will also improve the attractiveness of the region by spreading innovation, exploiting local identity and traditions and preserving the natural resources. Climate change is a main issue: the programme does not cover other modes than sustainable transport and over 11% of the resources are invested in RES (Renewable Energy Sources) and energetic efficiency. 24% of the resources support Research and innovation infrastructure and services, with a special concern for increasing the percentage of private research.

2. The expected impact of the investment

The programme will ensure creation of about 10.000 direct new jobs, of which 4.300 are women. Among expected impacts by 2015 are a 0,12% decrease in carbon emissions and a 16% rise in productivity of SMEs in terms of added value. The increase in the regional export capacity should be around 15%. The programme will also lead to an improvement of the Summary Innovation Index reported by the European Regional Innovation Scoreboard from 0.23 in 2006 to 0.43 at the end of the programming period.

3. Priorities

The programme is structured according to the following priorities:

Priority 1: Information Society

The priority aims at improving the quality and accessibility of Information Society services by introducing and applying Information and Communication Technologies. It includes intervention in support to e-government and e-citizenship services, and to the completion of the broad-band infrastructures in areas affected by digital divide.

Priority 2: Inclusion, Social services, Education and Legality

This priority promotes services and infrastructures to reduce the risk of social exclusion and to improve integration and non discrimination between the local population. It supports the provision of services to contrast schooling drop-outs and to improve the overall legality and security.

Priority 3: Energy

The priority aims at promoting sustainable development by fostering the energetic efficiency and RES industries.

Priority 4: Environment, Attractiveness of natural and cultural resource and tourism

The strategy for this priority involves the efficient and sustainable use of environmental resources and the valorisation of natural and cultural resources to increase the attractiveness of the region and to support sustainable tourism.

Priority 5: Urban development

This territorial priority is focussed on promoting the attractiveness and competitiveness of the region by tackling the internal development disparities issue, by improving living standards and the quality of life in urban and disadvantaged areas.

Priority 6: Competitiveness

The global objective of the priority is to enhance the competitiveness by supporting research and innovation in enterprises and by promoting cooperation between universities, research centres and businesses. Some resources will also be invested in cluster and district development projects.

Priority 7: Technical Assistance

Technical assistance aims at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the actors involved in the programme implementation and to spread among the general public and the beneficiaries the knowledge of the programme and of EU cohesion policy.

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Operational Programme 'Liguria'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

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Number of decision

C(2007) 5905

Final approval date


Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Information Society 68 067 176 102 100 765 170 167 941
Inclusion, Social services, Education and Legality 64 663 818 96 995 726 161 659 544
Energy 74 873 894 112 310 841 187 184 735
Environment, Attractiveness of natural and cultural resource and tourism 153 151 147 229 726 721 382 877 868
Urban Development 122 520 918 183 781 377 306 302 295
Competitiveness 183 781 377 275 672 065 459 453 442
Technical Assistance 13 613 435 20 420 153 34 033 588
Total 680 671 765 1 021 007 648 1 701 679 413