Operational Programme 'West Sweden'

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


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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.

3. Priorities

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.

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Operational Programme 'West Sweden'

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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