Operational Programme 'West Sweden'
Programme under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment Objective, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
On 16 August 2007, the European Commission approved a Regional Operational Programme for West Sweden region for the 2007-13 period. The Operational Programme falls within the Regional Competitiveness and Employment Objective framework and has a total budget of around €165 million. Community investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €64 million, which represents approximately 3.4% of the total EU investment earmarked for Sweden under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.
1. Aim and purpose of the programme
The main goal of the Regional Operational Programme for West Sweden is to improve economic growth by creating new business operations and entrepreneurship. This goal will also create new jobs and facilitate sustainable urban development. The Programme seeks to:
- enhance knowledge-based innovations
- overcome problems in certain urban areas
- create coherence between urban and regional objectives.
2. Expected impact of investments
The Operational Programme will lay the foundation to create 3500 new jobs and encourage the creation of 1300 new businesses. About 4750 business enterprises have confirmed their participation in activities that generate economic growth. The Programme will introduce at least 20 investment projects that improve the attractiveness of lacklustre urban areas.
The following priority axes represent the structure of the Operational Programme “Regional Structural Funds Programme for West Sweden region”:
- entrepreneurship and innovative business
- cooperation initiatives and innovative environments
- sustainable urban development
Priority 1: Entrepreneurship and innovative business [approximately 43.6% of total funding]
Specific objectives of this priority include:
- enhancing an entrepreneurial culture of potential entrepreneurs
- dissemination of ideas and inventions
- business operations
- business growth
- access to capital.
Priority 2: Cooperation initiatives and innovative environments [approximately 38.2% of total funding]
The main goals of this priority are to enhance networks and clusters and to strengthen the development of innovation and competence.
Priority 3: Sustainable urban development [approximately 15.6% of total funding]
The activities under this priority aim to regenerate problematic urban areas. Urban renewal will contribute to the coherence and integration of those urban areas in the whole region.
Priority 4: Technical assistance [approximately 3.1% of total funding]
The Programme will employ technical assistance during its implementation. The assistance will include administration, monitoring, evaluation and control support.
Financial and Technical information
Operational Programme 'West Sweden'
Intervention TypeOperational Programme
Number of decisionC/2007/3967
Final approval date16/08/2007
Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Entrepreneurship and innovative business||25 812 619||46 099 099||71 911 718|
|Cooperation initiatives and innovative environments||25 210 325||37 815 487||63 025 812|
|Sustainable urban development||10 000 000||15 000 000||25 000 000|
|Technical assistance||2 542 623||2 542 623||5 085 246|
|Total||63 565 567||101 457 209||165 022 776|
Managing authorityTillväxtverket (Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth) Södra Hamngatan 45, Box 112 78 S- 404 26 GÖTEBORG
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