Operational Programme 'Networks and Mobility'

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


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On 7 December 2007, the European Commission approved the Transport Operational Programme “Networks and Mobility” for Italy under the Convergence Objective for the period 2007-13. The total budget of the Programme is around €2.7 billion and includes Community funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of some €1.35 billion, which represents approximately 4.7% of the total EU investment earmarked for Italy under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.

1. Aim and purpose of the programme

The Operational Programme applies to the Convergence regions of Apulia, Campania, Calabria and Sicily. In accordance with the Italian National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), the Programme aims to turn the current disadvantage of southern Italian regions, namely their isolated geographic location, into a strategic advantage, by managing logistics flows between EU and non-EU (Asian and African) countries. This includes making improvements to key rail and maritime connections.

2. Expected impact of investments

The following are some of the key impacts expected:

  • 6.2% reduction in CO2 emissions from transport;
  • 170 000 full-time equivalent direct jobs created in the regions covered;
  • Increase in sea transport’s share of freight from 18.1% to 20.8%;
  • Increase in rail transport’s share of freight from 2.3% to 3.7%.

Approximately 75% of resources will be allocated to sustainable modes of transport.

3. Priorities

The Programme is structured along the following priorities:

Priority 1: Development of Key Transport Infrastructures and Logistics [approximately 55.2% of total funding]

This priority is linked to the development of Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) priority 1 (railway Battipaglia – Reggio Calabria, Naples and Palermo) and axis 21 (main ports of Gioia Tauro Napoli, Salerno, Brindisi, Taranto and Augusta). This includes IT systems required for developing freight transport safety and interoperability (ERTMS – European Rail Traffic Management System and VTS – Vessel Traffic Service).

Priority 2: Enhancement of Links between Local Systems and the Main Network [approximately 43.4% of total funding]

This priority focuses on the link between TEN-T axes 1 and 21 and local infrastructure networks (between Gioia Tauro and Taranto ports, passing through axis 1) and also connections with the two axes (road link from the Jonian coast to corridor 1 and activation of multimodal transport centres that can feed priority axis 1).

Priority 3: Technical Assistance [approximately 1.4% of total funding]

Technical assistance will be provided for implementation of the Programme. Financial support is also available and will cover administration, monitoring, evaluation and control.

Financial and Technical information

Operational Programme 'Networks and Mobility'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

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Number of decision

C(2007) 6318

Final approval date


Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Development of Key Transport Infrastructures and Logistics 758 581 016 758 581 016 1 517 162 032
Enhancement of Links between Local Systems and the Main Network 596 901 670 596 901 670 1 193 803 340
Technical Assistance 19 246 205 19 246 205 38 492 410
Total 1 374 728 891 1 374 728 891 2 749 457 782