Operational Programme 'Luxembourg'

Programme under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment Objective, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)


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On 20 December 2007, the European Commission approved an Operational Programme for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for the period 2007-2013. This Operational Programme comes under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment Objective, with a total budget of some 85 million euros. The assistance from the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) totals around 25 million euros, representing some 38.5% of Community contributions to Luxembourg under the 2007-2013 cohesion policy.

The national contribution provides for an amount of around 43 million euros and may be partly met by Community loans from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and by other lending instruments.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

The Programme has two primary objectives:

  • to stimulate growth and employment by means of investment in infrastructure required by economic operators, to promote new economic activities and to step up synergies between environmental protection and economic growth;
  • to promote growth and jobs by stimulating knowledge-, innovation- and R&D-based activities.

2. The expected impact of the investment

The Operational Programme should lead to:

  • job creation, including in the fields of research and development (R&D) and information and communication technologies (ICT);
  • the creation of converted and restored industrial areas;
  • reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

3. Priorities

The managing authority does not plan to support projects throughout Luxembourg but mainly in the southern region of the country (geographical concentration). This region will be the site of the future Cité des Sciences, a location for researchers in technological development (RTD) and innovative companies.

This is in line with the Lisbon Strategy and will contribute significantly to achieving the rate of 75% of the total expenditure relating to the Strategy and established by the European Commission.

The strategy focuses on specific fields (thematic concentration) where it is possible to identify a territorial dimension and which have the potential to generate a leverage effect and an economic impact on the whole region.

The first priority includes the main principles of the Gothenburg Strategy, developed in the context of the principle of sustainable development at Community level. The second priority is concerned mainly with the Lisbon Strategy, i.e. improving national and European economic competitiveness.

Priority 1: Contribute to making Luxembourg more attractive for investment and employment (around 57% of total investment)

The aim of this priority is to help to strengthen the economic environment necessary for diversification and the development of each region's own potential, taking into account its restructuring needs and existing opportunities.

The planned measures should aim to reconcile greater competitiveness with improving the quality of life. These measures should take into account land use policy and will be implemented, inter alia, in line with the priorities of the town and country planning scheme, the sectoral and regional planning schemes and the integrated transport and spatial development plan.

Priority 2: Improve knowledge and innovation, both of which are growth factors (around 40% of total investment)

The aim of this priority is to create and improve infrastructures and competences for the development and/or strengthening R&D potential. This priority comprises two themes:

  • stepping up cooperation between public and private research;
  • encouraging capacity building and the development of research infrastructures.

This priority supports the creation and development of innovative activities and R&D in enterprises, in cooperation with other enterprises or with public research centres or Luxembourg University. The aim is to:

  • foster competitiveness;
  • consolidate regional specialisations with high added value and;
  • reinforce their technological and economic position, whilst respecting the principles of sustainable development and environmental protection.

Priority 3: Technical assistance (around 3% of total investment)

The main aim of technical assistance is to ensure the smooth operation of the programme, by giving the managing authority the resources to guarantee successful management of the programme throughout the implementation phase and to comply with the European Commission’s various data exchange and transmission requirements.

Experience with previous programmes has demonstrated the importance of sufficient budgetary, technical and IT resources. Sufficient staffing, in order to collect information about the progress of projects, disseminate information and assist and support project promoters, is also vital. These resources must also be sufficient to consolidate the administrative, coordination and information activities for this programme.

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Operational Programme 'Luxembourg'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Supporting territorial competitiveness 12 116 960 21 810 528 33 927 488
Strengthening territorial cohesion 12 116 959 20 079 532 32 196 491
Technical assistance 1 009 747 1 009 747 2 019 494
Total 25 243 666 42 899 807 68 143 473