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MEMO/08/531

Brussels, 29 July 2008

France – Operational Programme 2007-2013: Poitou-Charentes

1. Operational Programme 2007-2013 for the region of Poitou-Charentes – programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective

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2. General information

On 19 November 2007 the European Commission approved an Operational Programme for the Poitou-Charentes region in France for 2007-2013.

This Operational Programme comes under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective and has a total budget of about 577 million euros. The financing provided by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some 201 million euros, representing about 4.0% of Community aid to France as part of the cohesion policy for 2007-2013.

3. Purpose and aim of the programme

The aims of the strategy of the Operational Programme for Poitou-Charentes are:

  • to promote innovation and the knowledge-based economy;
  • to support enterprises in a context of sustainable development;
  • to preserve the environment and to prevent risks;
  • to develop sustainable modes of transport as an alternative to road transport and overall and sustainable transport programmes for the public and for enterprises;
  • to encourage accessibility to information and communication technologies (ICT) and to make their use more widespread in order to strengthen local and social cohesion.

4. Expected impact of the investment

The Community funding should make it possible:

  • to create 300 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and small and medium-sized industries (SMIs) involved in the funding of actions according to branch of activity or sector;
  • to create 220 enterprises by improving efficiency in terms of energy and resources;
  • to support 120 R&D projects;
  • to cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 200 kT of CO2;
  • to increase the number of rail passengers by 20% per kilometre;
  • to provide 80% of the population with broadband coverage (8 MB).

5. Priorities

The Operational Programme is centred on five priorities:

Priority 1: Developing innovation capacity in a context of sustainable development [about 30.3% of total investment]

The aims of this priority are:

  • to support R&D activities in university laboratories and research centres;
  • to create and develop enterprises through innovation;
  • to foster cooperation among enterprises, research centres and technology transfer facilities;
  • to help business transfers and local development;
  • to devise and implement a regional innovation strategy.

Priority 2: Preserving the environment and preventing risks [about 30.3% of total investment]

The aims of this priority are:

  • to control energy;
  • to develop renewable energy sources and eco-materials;
  • to ensure good-quality water;
  • to inform, educate and raise awareness among the public;
  • to support water-saving equipment;
  • to protect and exploit natural environments;
  • to ensure the sustainable development of new attitudes and to prepare for the consequences of climate change.

Priority 3: Developing sustainable modes of transport as an alternative to road transport [about 27% of total investment]

The aim of the third priority is to encourage the shift of road transport to maritime and rail transport and to assist regional economic development by offering transport solutions which are an alternative to road transport.

Priority 4: Promoting conditions for the development of the information society [about 11% of total investment]

The aims of this priority are:

  • to encourage the spread of broadband facilities in poorly served areas;
  • to develop the pooled supply of on-line public services;
  • to encourage business productivity and innovation by the widespread use of ICT;
  • to develop ICT resources for the benefit of local and social cohesion.

Priority 5: Technical assistance [about 1.4% of total investment]

Technical assistances provides support:

  • to introduce an efficient management, monitoring and control system;
  • to evaluate the programme and its projects;
  • to communicate and publicise the programme and the projects which are co-financed.

6. Managing authority: Préfecture de la région Poitou-Charentes - Poitiers, France

Contact details:

Préfecture de la région Poitou-Charentes

Cellule Europe du secrétaire général pour les affaires régionales (SGAR)

7 Place Aristide Briand

F- 86021 Poitiers

Telephone: (33-5) 49 47 24 51

Fax: (33-2) 49 47 24 74

Internet: www.poitoucharentes.pref.gouv.fr

7. Title: Operational Programme 2007-2013 for the region of Poitou-Charentes

Type of intervention: Operational Programme

CCI No: 2007FR162PO019

Decision No: C/2007/5653

Date of approval: 19/11/2007

8. Breakdown of funding by priority (EUR)

Priority
EU contribution
National public contribution
Total public funding
1. Developing innovation capacity in a context of sustainable development
70 000 000
105 000 000
175 000 000
2. Preserving the environment and preventing risks
70 000 000
105 000 000
175 000 000
3. Developing sustainable modes of transport as an alternative to road transport
34 000 000
122 250 000
156 250 000
4. Promoting conditions for the development of the information society
20 000 000
43 500 000
63 500 000
5. Technical assistance
7 493 631
-
7 493 631
Total
201 493 631
375 750 000
577 243 631


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