Operational Programme 'Murcia'

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


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On 28 November 2007, the European Commission approved a Regional Operational Programme for Murcia under the Convergence Objective for the period 2007-13. The overall budget of the Programme amounts to approximately €744 million. This includes EU investment from the European Regional Development Fund of some €524 million, corresponding to about 2.27% of the ERDF financial package to be invested in Spain in the period 2007-13.

1. Aims and purpose of the programme

In accordance with the Lisbon Strategy, the primary goal of the support is to strengthen regional competitiveness and to create and secure permanent jobs through economic growth.

The Programme will ensure that positive trends continue for the main regional economic indicators, namely GDP, employment and labour productivity, thereby bringing them closer to the EU averages. The aim of the EU investment is to strengthen research and development carried out in the regions, reinforce the innovation capabilities of businesses, bridge the isolation gap in terms of transport, foster renewable energy deployment and preserve the natural environment. Equal opportunities and urban sustainable development are also addressed by the Programme as horizontal areas.

2. Expected impact of investments

The Programme aims to support the regional science-technology-enterprise system by investing in R&D infrastructures and in R&D projects in organisations and enterprises directly involved in this field. The region expects to increase its R&D effort from the current 0.74% to 1.48% by 2013. Furthermore, the Programme will encourage the use of Information Society infrastructures and services, with the percentage of frequent Internet users expected to rise from the current 44% to 70% by 2013.

The Programme should foster innovation and entrepreneurial spirit among businesses across all economic sectors, with the region’s innovation effort expected to increase from the current 0.57% to 1.04% by 2013.

The Programme also looks to co-finance projects aimed at boosting renewable energy in the region with ambitious targets in terms of energy savings and replacing polluting energy sources. The Programme will focus on protecting natural areas and regional biodiversity with a further 3 200 hectares being designated as NATURA 2000 areas. Finally, more than 1.5 million people will benefit from water distribution projects.

3. Priorities

The Operational Programme is structured along the following priorities:

Priority 1: Development of the Knowledge Economy (R&D&I: Information Society and ICTs) [approximately 13.4% of total funding]

The primary objective under this priority is to encourage public and private investments in research and development projects in order to safeguard existing competitive enterprises and to create favourable conditions for their growth.

Special attention is given to R&D infrastructure and projects. Furthermore, communication technology will be spread throughout the region and the number of public access points increased, in an effort to boost widespread use of the Internet.

Priority 2: Entrepreneurial Development and Innovation [approximately 17.3% of total funding]

The objective of this priority is to stimulate innovation, quality standards and entrepreneurial spirit across all sectors of the economy, including encouraging e-commerce and e-administration in regional enterprises.

Priority 3: Environment, Natural Surroundings, Water Resources and Risk Prevention [approximately 21.3% of total funding]

The priority focuses on developing projects aimed at improving infrastructure for drinking water distribution and promoting both infrastructure for biodiversity and investments in NATURA 2000 sites.

Priority 4: Transport and Energy [approximately 34.2% of total funding]

The Programme of this priority aims to complete transport infrastructures, particularly for railways and air transport. Clean urban transport, the use of renewable energy infrastructures and measures to raise energy efficiency are also a key focus under this priority.

Priority 5: Local and Urban Sustainable Development [approximately 6.2% of total funding]

The goal under this priority is to promote urban areas by addressing existing problems and developing the potential of inner city and suburban areas, thereby continuing the integrated development approach of the Community initiative URBAN. Further goals include protecting and preserving cultural heritage in an effort to boost socio-economic development, and tapping into the potential of natural and cultural assets as a way of developing sustainable tourism.

Priority 6: Social Infrastructures [approximately 6.7% of total funding]

This priority targets support for children less than three years of age, together with an increase in the number of schools per number of inhabitants.

Priority 7: Technical Assistance and Reinforcement of Institutional Capacity [approximately 0.9% of total funding]

Funding has been allocated for technical assistance in implementing the Programme. This covers preparation, administration, supervision, assessment, information and communication, studies, evaluations and monitoring.

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Development of the Knowledge Economy ( Information Society and ICTs) 79 789 845 19 947 475 99 737 320
Development and innovation by and for enterprises 90 216 487 38 664 206 128 880 693
Environment, Water resources and Risk Prevention 111 087 847 47 609 076 158 696 923
Transport and energy 165 658 792 88 419 729 254 078 521
Local and Urban Sustainable Development 32 125 048 13 767 875 45 892 923
Social infrastructures 39 715 000 9 926 750 49 641 750
Technical Assistance and Reinforcement of Institutional Capacity 5 263 015 1 316 507 6 579 522
Total 523 856 034 219 651 618 743 507 652