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Brussels, 9 march 2009

Cohesion Policy backs "green economy" for growth and long-term jobs in Europe

Danuta Hübner, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, announced today that €105 billion will be invested in the "green economy" through the EU Cohesion Policy. The funding, which represents more than 30% of the regional policy budget for 2007-2013, offers a solid platform for job creation and a significant boost for regions and cities in their quest to maintain Europe's global leadership in the field of green technologies.

Commissioner Hübner said: "Support for the green economy and the environment goes hand-in-hand with the Cohesion Policy's objective to deliver sustainable growth, jobs and competitiveness. In a difficult financial climate, this investment will be instrumental in creating long-term employment and reviving local economies, as well as underpinning the EU's commitment to the fight against climate change."

Ambitious spending on environmental initiatives

The €105 billion dedicated to green projects and jobs is almost three times greater than the sum allocated in the 2000-2006 budgetary period. A large part of the envelope (€54 billion) is designed to help Member States to comply with EU environmental legislation. Improvement of water and waste management alone accounts for €28 billion of the total.

Romania and Bulgaria are investing the highest proportion of Cohesion Policy funds on environment-related projects, at 45% and 42% of their allocation respectively. These investments include hundreds of environmental major projects, which also contribute to protecting and creating jobs in the EU.

Fight against climate change

The EU has embraced ambitious objectives in the fight against climate change – a 20% reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions with a 20% share of renewable energies in EU energy consumption by 2020. With €48 billion targeted at measures aimed at achieving EU climate objectives and creating a low carbon economy, the Cohesion Policy is making a considerable contribution to these goals. This includes €23 billion for railways, €6 billion for clean urban transport, €4.8 billion for renewable energies and €4.2 billion for energy efficiency.

The Cohesion Policy is also helping to create new market openings for local economies by enabling them to seize the opportunities created by the need to tackle climate change as new potential sources of growth. Nearly half of the Member States (Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the UK) have integrated indicators for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions into their Cohesion Policy programmes. France, for example, has developed a unique carbon evaluation tool to monitor CO2 emissions produced by all projects funded with EU support.

Promoting eco-innovation

Promoting eco-innovation and new “green-collar” jobs, especially in small and medium enterprises (SMEs), ranks high in the priorities for support for the regions. The Cohesion Policy is contributing €3 billion to the promotion of environmentally-friendly products and production processes in SMEs. One of the clear aims of funding for research and innovation is to boost overall investment in green technologies. The Lahti Cleantech cluster in Finland is a good example of this type of support. The Community's investment in (€1.5 million) in this project encouraged innovation and development of environmental technologies by bringing together small and large enterprises, educational organisations and regional authorities. The results speak for themselves: 170 new jobs have been created, 20 new clean-tech companies have set up in the Lahti region and the project has attracted more than €30 million in total investment.

"Green-proofed" programmes

The 455 operational programmes at the heart of the Cohesion Policy are "green-proofed": prior to approval by the European Commission, Member States have to submit a strategic environmental assessment to ensure their programmes respect EU environmental rules. An environmental impact assessment must also be carried out for certain Community-financed schemes – e.g. major transport projects.

A flexible policy to adapt to complex challenges

The environmental challenge does not respect borders. Cohesion Policy, with its numerous cross-border, transnational and interregional programmes, can offer an important platform for new types of cooperation. For instance, the EU Baltic Sea Region Strategy is the first EU strategy designed at the level of a "macro-region", involving neighbouring countries such as Russia. One of its main objectives is to improve the environmental state of the Baltic Sea.

Annex: Cohesion funding earmarked for the environment in each Member State.

More information:

http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/projects/stories/index_en.cfm

http://ec.europa.eu/sustainable/

ANNEX

Cohesion policy investment in environment, by Member State 2007-2013, in Euros

Balgarija

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
23.233.333
Railways
464.000.000
Promotion of clean urban transport
68.054.177
Renewable energy
66.491.830
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
125.619.935
Waste management
300.521.138
Water management
934.903.309
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
98.861.283
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
150.263.623
Other
590.481.108
Sum:
2.822.429.736
Belgique-België

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
2.000.000
Renewable energy
11.851.495
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
13.976.147
Waste management
2.382.219
Water management
1.000.000
Rehabilitation of industrial sites and contaminated land
54.048.204
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
16.481.566
Promotion of clean urban transport
4.018.925
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
147.886.292
Other
49.218.072
Sum:
302.862.920

Ceska Republika

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
292.558.512
Railways
2.594.682.303
Renewable energy
567.934.283
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
622.097.020
Waste management
520.258.572
Water management
1.745.530.053
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
685.006.132
Promotion of clean urban transport
200.960.223
Risk prevention
529.197.260
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
967.788.988
Other
1.998.500.556
Sum:
10.724.513.902
Danmark

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
25.980.691
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
6.127.108
Other
6.127.108
Sum:
38.234.907

Deutschland

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
123.861.432
Railways
794.513.644
Renewable energy
226.110.262
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
252.119.003
Waste management
47.745.110
Water management
374.973.719
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
107.257.535
Promotion of clean urban transport
43.885.020
Risk prevention
526.609.018
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
989.091.023
Other
791.879.154
Sum:
4.278.044.920

Eesti

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
8.793.732
Railways
155.269.516
Renewable energy: biomass
10.200.299
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
63.374.791
Waste management
70.302.813
Water management
407.756.320
Rehabilitation of industrial sites and contaminated land
138.045.325
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
33.943.477
Risk prevention
38.346.989
Other
300.379.635
Sum:
1.226.412.897
Ellada

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
41.225.000
Railways
810.700.000
Renewable energy
292.840.000
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
71.170.000
Waste management
432.176.450
Water management
1.398.166.550
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
201.467.000
Promotion of clean urban transport
873.870.000
Risk prevention
479.120.000
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
478.546.683
Other
425.621.000
Sum:
5.504.902.683
España

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
245.755.147
Railways
3.575.543.446
Renewable energy
164.357.038
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
147.617.671
Management of household and industrial waste
462.015.554
Water management
4.019.502.284
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
749.878.282
Promotion of clean urban transport
138.677.144
Risk prevention
715.036.203
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
1.098.679.757
Other
679.869.072
Sum:
11.996.931.598

EU cross-border cooperation

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
58.892.704
Railways
69.095.927
Renewable energy
223.347.167
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
107.467.685
Waste management
45.378.270
Water management
164.631.233
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
300.202.143
Promotion of clean urban transport
42.777.085
Risk prevention
253.973.572
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
169.330.476
Other
1.288.003.764
Sum:
2.723.100.026
France

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
148.852.300
Railways
321.277.778
Renewable energy
365.435.057
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
192.106.190
Waste management
134.470.000
Water management
279.447.993
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
224.068.810
Promotion of clean urban transport
179.400.928
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
410.220.690
Other
856.187.829
Sum:
3.111.467.575


Ireland

Categories
Community amount
Railways
6.400.000
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
38.000.000
Water management
8.000.000
Promotion of clean urban transport
16.400.000
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
85.000.000
Sum:
153.800.000
Italia

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
524.507.449
Railways
1.839.786.715
Renewable energy
1.049.129.004
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
793.795.597
Waste management
338.072.531
Water management
574.936.708
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
57.132.769
Promotion of clean urban transport
357.743.723
Risk prevention
396.135.708
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
1.393.378.542
Other
1.550.770.104
Sum:
8.875.388.850
Kypros

Categories
Community amount
Renewable energy
5.950.000
Management of household and industrial waste
125.495.000
Water management
8.500.000
Rehabilitation of industrial sites and contaminated land
16.150.000
Promotion of clean urban transport
29.720.000
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
41.624.324
Sum:
227.439.324


Latvija

Categories
Community amount
Railways
256.300.000
Renewable energy
67.180.000
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
60.220.000
Waste management
129.500.000
Water management
562.993.781
Rehabilitation of industrial sites and contaminated land
49.000.000
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
26.000.000
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
263.035.286
Other
165.300.000
Sum:
1.579.529.067
Lietuva

Categories
Community amount
Railways
558.301.925
Renewable energy
36.763.789
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
329.961.346
Waste management
278.995.046
Water management
343.611.250
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
165.563.265
Promotion of clean urban transport
40.652.957
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
252.091.219
Other
417.123.705
Sum:
2.423.064.502
Luxembourg

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
757.310
Renewable energy
1.767.056
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
504.873
Rehabilitation of industrial sites and contaminated land
3.786.550
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
757.310
Sum:
7.573.099

Magyarország

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
51.934.567
Railways
1.657.356.773
Renewable energy
202.892.004
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
156.200.000
Waste management
366.500.000
Water management
1.958.637.850
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
298.966.605
Promotion of clean urban transport
1.703.305.238
Risk prevention
969.776.802
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
676.446.480
Other
1.367.500.341
Sum:
9.409.516.660
Malta

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
6.000.000
Renewable energy
18.400.000
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
15.590.000
Waste management
55.250.000
Water management
61.500.000
Rehabilitation of industrial sites and contaminated land
48.280.000
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
20.830.000
Promotion of clean urban transport
4.000.000
Risk prevention
46.750.000
Other
41.670.000
Sum:
318.270.000
Nederland

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
17.747.000
Railways
847.000
Renewable energy
21.215.400
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
28.177.600
Waste management
2.667.500
Water management
2.244.000
Rehabilitation of industrial sites and contaminated land
31.340.000
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
7.414.000
Promotion of clean urban transport
16.424.000
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
110.483.000
Other
58.067.000
Sum:
296.626.500
Österreich

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
31.209.693
Railways
3.000.000
Renewable energy
24.237.408
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
5.956.013
Risk prevention
9.074.950
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
175.000
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
20.790.928
Other
4.558.808
Sum:
99.002.800
Polska

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
182.663.850
Railways
4.722.444.508
Renewable energy
775.795.217
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
409.233.887
Waste management
1.311.253.636
Water management
3.663.754.044
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
207.772.134
Promotion of clean urban transport
2.329.261.318
Risk prevention
823.344.535
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
933.651.717
Other
2.417.609.127
Sum:
17.776.783.973

Portugal

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
138.179.793
Railways
1.379.475.000
Renewable energy
104.650.199
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
146.638.870
Waste management
224.088.076
Water management
1.439.369.669
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
166.509.565
Promotion of clean urban transport
28.757.404
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
454.199.981
Other
1.076.251.725
Sum:
5.158.120.282
România

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
125.747.737
Railways
1.718.455.590
Renewable energy
191.542.611
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
253.241.727
Waste management
792.840.872
Water management
2.776.532.160
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
235.889.966
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
894.245.223
Other
1.645.475.642
Sum:
8.633.971.528
Slovenija

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
55.634.088
Railways
449.567.581
Renewable energy
54.186.553
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
105.700.000
Waste management
205.568.426
Water management
382.881.856
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
89.502.740
Promotion of clean urban transport
34.069.345
Other
198.189.929
Sum:
1.575.300.518

Slovenska Republica

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
54.794.398
Railways
1.165.067.078
Renewable energy
90.252.216
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
78.584.184
Waste management
368.600.000
Water management
890.643.065
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
30.454.161
Promotion of clean urban transport
41.600.000
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
239.124.800
Other
875.416.028
Sum:
3.834.535.930
Suomi/Finland

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
38.572.460
Railways
10.198.058
Renewable energy
20.682.247
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
24.243.917
Water management
9.504.672
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
4.801.649
Promotion of clean urban transport
1.932.884
Other
46.213.277
Sum:
156.149.164
Sverige

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
33.130.626
Railways
10.655.373
Renewable energy
52.342.949
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
9.173.788
Promotion of clean urban transport
13.741.278
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
8.569.467
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
14.019.266
Other
41.816.766
Sum:
183.449.513


United Kingdom

Categories
Community amount
Eco-innovation in SMEs
272.522.371
Railways
60.931.808
Renewable energy
136.776.913
Energy efficiency, co-generation, energy management
141.507.204
Waste management
20.230.668
Promotion of biodiversity and nature protection
29.051.366
Promotion of clean urban transport
95.076.029
Integrated projects for urban and rural regeneration
423.770.091
Other
418.900.592
Sum:
1.598.767.042


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