Operational Programme 'Madrid'

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


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On 14 December 2007 the European Commission approved an Operational Programme for the region of Madrid (Spain) for the period 2007-2013.

This Operational Programme comes under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective and has a total budget of about 694 million euros. The financing provided by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is nearly 337 million euros, representing about 1% of Community aid to Spain as part of the cohesion policy for 2007-2013.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

The strategy of the Operational Programme is based primarily on:

  • regional issues identified after analysing the region’s potential;
  • the gains achieved during the previous stages of the Community programme;
  • the Community’s strategic guidelines and the national strategic framework defining the principles for the allocation of Community funding.

Innovation, access to and dissemination of information and knowledge and urban planning – including the promotion of environmentally-friendly urban transport – are at the heart of the Madrid Region's strategy for sustainable and integrated development.

The overall aim is to enhance the region's competitiveness

The nature of the industrial fabric of the region - characterised by highly specialised local production systems, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and concentrations of public research structures - means that research and innovation capacity must be boosted. In addition, the programme aims to improve mechanisms for technology transfer between public research centres and enterprises so as to help the region to better exploit its full potential.

The programme will thus contribute significantly to achieving the objectives of the Lisbon Strategy. It will also provide better provision and accessibility of environmentally-friendly transport services and improve the effectiveness of energy co-generation, by promoting sustainable urban development in response, in particular, to the population changes in the region.

2. Expected impact of the investment

The implementation of the programme is based on the expected results:

  • increase in the number of new jobs, estimated at 280;
  • implementation of co-financed R&D projects, estimated at 3 100;
  • encouraging the private sector to make a bigger contribution R&D funding, estimated at 730 million euros.

3. Priorities

The Operational Programme is centred on four priorities:

Priority 1: Knowledge-based economy, innovation and business development [about 61.6% of total investment]

This priority, devoted to the promotion of research, innovation and technology, will be implemented by strengthening and networking resources. Special attention will be paid to research programmes which closely involve enterprises, universities and research centres for the development and dissemination of technologies with a positive impact on the environment, boosting productive zones of regional interest, growth and skills development.

Another aim of this priority is to promote the growth of SMEs by developing their potential for innovation and thus allowing them to access new markets in the context of globalisation.

Priority 2: Energy resources and transport services [about 17.4% of total investment]

The aim of this priority is to promote the production and use of renewable energy and to improve access to environmentally-friendly transport services.

This priority will include funding for a project for the co-generation of electricity. A project to extend the metro network will also be implemented in order to reduce the adverse effects of traffic congestion, the aims being to cut noise and air pollution and to improve energy consumption.

Priority 3: Sustainable urban development [about 20.8% of total investment]

The aim of the actions of this priority is to help to:

  • conduct integrated urban projects;
  • preserve the natural and cultural heritage;
  • improve tourism and cultural services;
  • develop cultural facilities.

Priority 4: Technical assistance [about 0.2% of total investment ]

There is provision for technical assistance activities relating to management, monitoring, organisation evaluation, information and communication.

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Operational Programme 'Madrid'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Knowledge-based economy, innovation and business development 213 808 509 213 808 509 427 617 018
Energy resources and transport services 50 300 000 70 450 000 120 750 000
Sustainable urban development 72 244 618 72 244 618 144 489 236
Technical assistance 600 000 600 000 1 200 000
Total 336 953 127 357 103 127 694 056 254