Operational Programme 'Algarve'

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


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On 10 October 2007, the European Commission approved a Regional Operational Programme for Algarve, Portugal, for the 2007-2013 period. The Operational Programme sets out the Community support for Portugal within the Convergence Objective framework. Community funding for this programme through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €175 million, which represents approximately 0.8% of the total EU investment in Portugal under the 2007-13 Cohesion Policy.

1. Aim and purpose of the programme

The main goal of the Operational Programme is to set the position conditions of the Algarve region, within the context of the knowledge society, as a dynamic and competitive region.

2. The expected impact of the investment

The strategy underlying the Operational Programme is to increase Algarve’s tourism productivity and competitiveness performances in keeping with the following objectives:

  • a robust economy
  • a balanced and competitive territorial management structure that is compatible with sustainable and environmentally friendly development.

3. Priority axes

The Algarve Regional Operational Programme is structured along the following priorities:

Priority 1: Competitiveness, innovation and knowledge [approximately 51 % of total funding]

The objectives under this priority provide entrepreneurial incentives towards the environment that lead toward the modernisation of regional productive structures, the promotion, consolidation, enhancement and development of tourism and leisure activities.

Priority 2: Environmental protection and development [approximately 10 % of total funding]

This priority will implement actions leading to the protection, promotion and enhancement of the natural heritage; stimulate new solutions and good environmental protection practices.

Priority 3: Territorial enhancement and urban development [approximately 35% of total funding]

The main objectives of this priority, within the territorial cohesion framework, include competitiveness enhancement, urban networks rehabilitation and development.

Priority 4: Technical assistance [approximately 4.34 % of total funding]

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

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Operational Programme 'Algarve'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

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Number of decision

C/2007/5067 final

Final approval date


Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Competitiveness, innovation and knowledge 89 958 171 97 111 120 187 069 291
Environmental protection and development 18 322 055 16 912 667 35 234 722
Territorial enhancement and urban development 60 985 850 60 985 850 121 971 700
Technical assistance 5 685 940 2 436 831 8 122 771
Total 174 952 016 177 446 468 352 398 484