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Brussels, 20 May 2008

Operational Programme for the “Grande Région” 2007-2013 (Germany, Belgium, France, Luxembourg)

1. Operational Programme for Cross-border Cooperation for the “Grande Région” under the European Territorial Cooperation Objective, cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)


2. General information

On 12 December 2007, the European Commission approved the operational programme for cross-border cooperation for the "Grande Région" for 2007-2013.

This operational programme is part of the “European territorial cooperation" objective, and its total budget is around 212 million euros. The assistance provided by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is 106 million euros, which represents around 1.2% of Community assistance to Belgium, Germany, France and Luxembourg.

The programme relates to Wallonia and the German-speaking Community in Belgium, Lorraine in France, the Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland in Germany and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It also has 18 adjacent zones eligible to benefit from up to 20% of the ERDF contribution.

3. Purpose and aim of the programme

The aims of the actions developed in the context of this programme are to:

  • make the “Grande Région” more attractive;
  • encourage innovation and economic development, thus leading to the creation of better-quality jobs;
  • improve the range and potential of training structures.

This programme is also the concrete implementation for the “Grande Région” of the EU's strategic guidelines for 2007-2013.

4. The expected impact of the investment

The “Grande Région” enjoys a favourable geographical position. This Programme for Cross-border Cooperation, in line with the Lisbon and Gothenburg Strategies, should help to improve the competitiveness of this cross-border region and those living there, with a particular focus on the creation of added value and jobs. It should also boost the sustainable planning and development of the region, with particular emphasis on better management of mobility and the environment, better exploitation of cultural resources and greater social cohesion in the “Grande Région”.

5. Priorities

The Operational Programme has four priorities:

Priority 1: Economy [around 44% of total investment]

This priority aims to support innovation, research and development (R&D), joint activities to develop the economic fabric, entrepreneurship, economic infrastructures, tourism and the cross-border labour market, in order to contribute to economic development and employment in the Grande Région.

Priority 2: Spatial planning [around 25% of total investment]

The aim here is to promote sustainable territorial development in order to make the “Grande Région” a well-structured, attractive and dynamic area with a high level of environmental protection.

Three main objectives underpin this priority area:

  • support for spatial planning policies;
  • improving mobility;
  • integrated use and protection of the environment.

Priority 3: Human resources [around 25% of total investment]

This priority aims to:

  • develop the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge;
  • exploit cultural resources;
  • strengthen social cohesion in the “Grande Région”.

In particular, this will involve supporting cooperation activities in education, initial training, vocational training and higher education. Cooperation in the areas of health care and personal services will also be supported. Furthermore, the programme will promote cross-border activities and projects with a cultural dimension.

Priority 4: Technical assistance [around 6% of total investment]

This priority will provide support for the implementation of an effective management, monitoring and control system to evaluate the programme and its projects and handle its communication and publicity.

6. Managing authority

The institution provisionally responsible for the entire implementation of the programme is the Ministry of the Wallonia Region in Belgium. The management authority will be supported in its work by the joint technical secretariat, located in Luxembourg.

Contact details:
Joint technical secretariat
Mme Eléonore RAUBER
25, Rue Notre Dame

L-2240 Luxembourg

Tel.: +352 27 20 33 74



7. Title: Operational Programme for Cross-border Cooperation for the “Grande Région” 2007-2013

Intervention type: Operational Programme

CCI No: 2007CB163PO064
Decision No: C/2007/6126

Approval date: 12/12/2007

8. Breakdown of funding by priority (EUR)

EU contribution
National public contribution
Total public funding
1. Economy
46 145 068
46 145 068
92 290 136
2. Spatial planning
26 719 528
26 719 528
53 439 056
3. Human resources
26 772 130
26 772 130
53 544 260
4. Technical assistance
6 359 791
6 359 791
12 719 582
105 996 517
105 996 517
211 993 034

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