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IP/05/107

Brussels, 28 January 2005

Latest European regional statistics confirm Commission’s proposal on Structural Funds for 2007-2013

Danuta Hübner, the European Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy, noted that the latest data on gross domestic product (GDP) per head in the regions of Europe show that the Commission’s proposals for regional policy and social cohesion for 2007-2013 are soundly based. The high degree of regional disparities needs to be addressed in order to release Europe’s enormous growth potential. In its proposals, the Commission calls for a regional policy based on convergence, regional competitiveness and territorial cooperation.

The Statistical Office of the European Communities, Eurostat, this week published the latest figures (2002) on GDP per head for every one of the regions of Europe. These data include the three year average 2000-2001-2002 which will determine the eligibility for the Structural Funds in the programming period after 2006 if an agreement is to be reached before the summer. As such they are of utmost interest for the future distribution of Structural Funds. They show that the conclusions in last year’s Third Cohesion Report which lead to the draft new regulations published in July were on the right lines.

Commissioner Hübner said: “Enlargement has significantly increased the number of regions which are below the threshold at which the Union intervenes to help them catch up. That is why most of the proposed budget for the period 2007-2013 will go to the most disadvantaged regions in the convergence objective.

We shall also use it to help the regions which lose their eligibility just because of enlargement. These regions would still be below the threshold in the EU15 and are therefore known as statistical effect regions. They will receive decreasing support over a number of years in order to allow them to complete the process of convergence.”

The provisional data published by Eurostat reveal that disparity levels in the enlarged EU have substantially increased. The immediate focus of attention is in the new Member States - over 92% of population lives in regions with a GDP/head under 75% of the EU25 average. 61% of the population lives in regions below 50%; in the former EU15 countries, no region falls below this level.

Within the EU15, 32 regions or 14% of the population still live in regions below 75% of the EU average.

Another 17 regions (16 of these in the EU15), which represent over 4% of EU25 population would have remained under the 75% threshold without enlargement. The Commission proposes transitional support at a decreasing rate for these “statistical effect regions”.

There are also 12 regions in the EU15 (13 in EU25) which have succeeded to grow out of the current Objective 1 support. These are the success stories of regional policy. For these regions it is proposed to guide them into the new regional competitiveness and employment objective, with a greater level of support.

More about European Regional Policy:

http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/index_en.htm

New Regulations on Structural Funds for the period 2007-2013 :

http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/sources/docoffic/official/regulation/newregl0713_en.htm

Annex


Revised eligibility statistics

NUTS2 regions
GDP data: average of years 2000-2001-2002, Eurostat, Jan 2005 + calc. DG REGIO

Below 75% threshold

EU15

nuts region currently population population GDP/pc ind. GDP/pc ind. Unempl. rate
Obj. 1 (1000 inh.) (% of MS) EU25=100 EU15=100 (%)

DE41 BRANDENBURG - NORDOST Yes 1172.3 1.4 70.68 64.49 18.9

DE80 MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN Yes 1752.0 2.1 72.61 66.24 20.1

DED1 CHEMNITZ Yes 1593.8 1.9 69.67 63.56 17.3

DEE1 DESSAU Yes 529.5 0.6 66.03 60.24 21.3

DEE3 MAGDEBURG Yes 1189.5 1.4 72.32 65.98 17.6

DEG0 THÜRINGEN Yes 2401.8 2.9 73.15 66.73 16.1

GR11 ANATOLIKI MAKEDONIA, THRAKI Yes 604.4 5.5 57.49 52.45 10.3

GR14 THESSALIA Yes 736.2 6.7 63.01 57.49 9.7

GR21 IPEIROS Yes 336.5 3.1 59.41 54.20 11.0

GR22 IONIA NISIA Yes 213.9 2.0 65.71 59.95 11.0

GR23 DYTIKI ELLADA Yes 723.9 6.6 56.42 51.47 8.9

GR25 PELOPONNISOS Yes 598.4 5.5 73.82 67.35 7.7

GR41 VOREIO AIGAIO Yes 203.6 1.9 74.38 67.86 7.4

GR43 KRITI Yes 595.7 5.4 72.41 66.06 6.8

ES11 GALICIA Yes 2669.9 6.6 74.86 68.29 12.6

ES42 CASTILLA-LA MANCHA Yes 1757.6 4.3 74.13 67.63 9.8

ES43 EXTREMADURA Yes 1070.4 2.6 60.06 54.79 17.4

ES61 ANDALUCÍA Yes 7332.6 18.1 69.22 63.15 18.6

FR91 GUADELOUPE Yes 436.8 0.7 66.27 60.46 26.3

FR92 MARTINIQUE Yes 389.4 0.6 74.25 67.74 21.0

FR93 GUYANE Yes 175.4 0.3 51.32 46.82 24.4

FR94 RÉUNION Yes 747.3 1.2 57.92 52.84 31.8

ITF3 CAMPANIA Yes 5713.2 10.0 71.56 65.29 20.2

ITF4 PUGLIA Yes 4021.7 7.0 72.18 65.85 13.8

ITF6 CALABRIA Yes 2008.5 3.5 67.77 61.83 23.4

ITG1 SICILIA Yes 4968.9 8.7 71.45 65.19 20.1

PT11 NORTE Yes 3679.7 35.5 61.98 56.54 6.8

PT16 CENTRO (PT) Yes 2347.1 22.6 63.12 57.59 3.6

PT18 ALENTEJO Yes 767.3 7.4 65.76 60.00 8.2

PT20 REGIÃO AUTÓNOMA DOS AÇORES Yes 238.2 2.3 61.65 56.24 2.9

UKK3 CORNWALL AND ISLES OF SCILLY Yes 507.3 0.9 70.01 63.87 4.2

UKL1 WEST WALES AND THE VALLEYS Yes 1857.6 3.1 73.82 67.35 4.9

Summary for EU15 (32 regions) 53340.5

new Member States

nuts region currently population population GDP/pc ind. GDP/pc ind. Unempl. rate
Obj. 1 (1000 inh.) (% of MS) EU25=100 EU15=100 (%)

CZ02 STŘEDNÍ ČECHY Yes 1125.7 11.0 54.39 49.62 5.2

CZ03 JIHOZÁPAD Yes 1174.1 11.5 60.45 55.15 5.3

CZ04 SEVEROZÁPAD Yes 1123.2 11.0 53.32 48.64 11.2

CZ05 SEVEROVÝCHOD Yes 1483.0 14.5 55.62 50.75 6.5

CZ06 JIHOVÝCHOD Yes 1640.7 16.1 58.20 53.10 7.2

CZ07 STŘEDNÍ MORAVA Yes 1230.9 12.1 52.07 47.50 8.7

CZ08 MORAVSKOSLEZSKO Yes 1264.3 12.4 55.32 50.47 14.8

EE00 EESTI Yes 1361.2 100.0 44.97 41.02 10.0

LV00 LATVIJA Yes 2338.6 100.0 37.31 34.04 10.5

LT00 LIETUVA Yes 3469.0 100.0 40.59 37.03 12.4

HU21 KÖZÉP-DUNÁNTÚL Yes 1119.1 11.0 52.19 47.61 4.6

HU22 NYUGAT-DUNÁNTÚL Yes 1001.7 9.9 60.47 55.17 4.6

HU23 DÉL-DUNÁNTÚL Yes 991.4 9.8 41.50 37.86 7.9

HU31 ÉSZAK-MAGYARORSZÁG Yes 1292.7 12.7 36.25 33.07 9.7

HU32 ÉSZAK-ALFÖLD Yes 1556.6 15.3 36.46 33.26 6.8

HU33 DÉL-ALFÖLD Yes 1370.1 13.5 39.64 36.17 6.5

PL11 ŁÓDZKIE Yes 2612.1 6.8 41.45 37.82 19.7

PL12 MAZOWIECKIE Yes 5124.6 13.4 69.43 63.34 16.3

PL21 MAŁOPOLSKIE Yes 3233.3 8.5 39.88 36.38 18.0

PL22 ŚLASKIE Yes 4741.3 12.4 50.24 45.84 20.2

PL31 LUBELSKIE Yes 2198.9 5.8 32.11 29.29 16.0

PL32 PODKARPACKIE Yes 2104.1 5.5 32.65 29.79 17.7

PL33 ŚWIĘTOKRZYSKIE Yes 1297.3 3.4 35.59 32.47 19.1

PL34 PODLASKIE Yes 1208.5 3.2 34.99 31.92 17.8

PL41 WIELKOPOLSKIE Yes 3352.4 8.8 48.22 43.99 17.1

PL42 ZACHODNIOPOMORSKIE Yes 1698.3 4.4 45.83 41.81 25.5

PL43 LUBUSKIE Yes 1009.0 2.6 40.84 37.26 24.5

PL51 DOLNOŚLĄSKIE Yes 2907.2 7.6 47.06 42.93 26.0

PL52 OPOLSKIE Yes 1064.3 2.8 38.10 34.76 18.3

PL61 KUJAWSKO-POMORSKIE Yes 2069.5 5.4 41.54 37.90 21.8

PL62 WARMIŃSKO-MAZURSKIE Yes 1428.5 3.7 34.19 31.19 23.9

PL63 POMORSKIE Yes 2180.7 5.7 45.57 41.58 20.5

SI00 SLOVENIJA Yes 1995.0 100.0 74.45 67.92 6.7

SK02 ZÁPADNÉ SLOVENSKO Yes 1871.0 34.7 45.45 41.46 15.9

SK03 STREDNÉ SLOVENSKO Yes 1356.6 25.2 40.74 37.17 20.5

SK04 VÝCHODNÉ SLOVENSKO Yes 1563.0 29.0 37.24 33.97 21.8

Summary for new Member States (36 regions) 68558.1

Summary for Below 75% threshold (68 regions) 121898.5

Statistical effect

EU15

nuts region currently population population GDP/pc ind. GDP/pc ind. Unempl. rate
Obj. 1 (1000 inh.) (% of MS) EU25=100 EU15=100 (%)

BE32 PROV. HAINAUT No 1281.0 12.4 75.50 68.88 12.6

DE42 BRANDENBURG - SÜDWEST Yes 1414.1 1.7 77.50 70.70 17.2

DE93 LÜNEBURG No 1687.5 2.0 81.86 74.68 7.9

DED2 DRESDEN Yes 1689.0 2.0 75.00 68.42 16.5

DED3 LEIPZIG Yes 1083.0 1.3 77.17 70.40 19.4

DEE2 HALLE Yes 845.8 1.0 75.12 68.53 21.3

GR12 KENTRIKI MAKEDONIA Yes 1888.8 17.2 76.04 69.37 10.1

GR13 DYTIKI MAKEDONIA Yes 293.7 2.7 76.89 70.15 16.1

GR30 ATTIKI Yes 3896.8 35.6 79.12 72.18 8.7

ES12 PRINCIPADO DE ASTURIAS Yes 1050.5 2.6 78.89 71.98 11.2

ES62 REGIÓN DE MURCIA Yes 1203.7 3.0 77.00 70.25 10.6

ES63 CIUDAD AUTÓNOMA DE CEUTA Yes 75.1 0.2 82.01 74.82 9.1

ES64 CIUDAD AUTÓNOMA DE MELILLA Yes 66.8 0.2 81.24 74.12 9.1

ITF5 BASILICATA Yes 597.1 1.0 77.51 70.71 16.1

PT15 ALGARVE Yes 394.7 3.8 80.10 73.08 6.1

UKM4 HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS No 367.6 0.6 77.55 70.75 5.7

Summary for EU15 (16 regions) 17835.3

new Member States

nuts region currently population population GDP/pc ind. GDP/pc ind. Unempl. rate
Obj. 1 (1000 inh.) (% of MS) EU25=100 EU15=100 (%)

MT00 MALTA Yes 395.9 100.0 75.91 69.25 7.6

Summary for new Member States (1 region) 395.9

Summary for Statistical effect (17 regions) 18231.2

Phasing-in

EU15

nuts region currently population population GDP/pc ind. GDP/pc ind. Unempl. rate
Obj. 1 (1000 inh.) (% of MS) EU25=100 EU15=100 (%)

GR24 STEREA ELLADA Yes 558.4 5.1 105.40 96.16 8.6

GR42 NOTIO AIGAIO Yes 299.8 2.7 88.00 80.28 10.9

ES41 CASTILLA Y LEÓN Yes 2432.1 6.0 86.66 79.06 11.0

ES52 COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA Yes 4181.0 10.3 88.89 81.10 10.8

ES70 CANARIAS Yes 1783.3 4.4 87.62 79.94 11.4

IE01 BORDER, MIDLAND AND WESTERN Yes 1040.6 26.5 96.24 87.80 5.5

ITG2 SARDEGNA Yes 1634.2 2.9 82.66 75.41 16.9

AT11 BURGENLAND Yes 275.5 3.4 83.02 75.74 4.3

PT30 REGIÃO AUTÓNOMA DA MADEIRA Yes 240.8 2.3 87.90 80.19 3.4

FI13 ITÄ-SUOMI Yes 674.5 13.0 82.61 75.37 12.3

UKD5 MERSEYSIDE Yes 1363.2 2.3 83.44 76.13 6.5

UKE3 SOUTH YORKSHIRE Yes 1267.1 2.1 86.79 79.18 5.7

Summary for EU15 (12 regions) 15750.7

new Member States

nuts region currently population population GDP/pc ind. GDP/pc ind. Unempl. rate
Obj. 1 (1000 inh.) (% of MS) EU25=100 EU15=100 (%)

HU10 KÖZÉP-MAGYARORSZÁG Yes 2826.9 27.8 89.24 81.41 4.0

Summary for new Member States (1 region) 2826.9

Summary for Phasing-in (13 regions) 18577.6

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