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					                                                                       MEMO/08/663

                                                         Brussels, 28 October 2008




France – Multiregional Operational Programme 2007-
2013: Loire Basin
1. Multiregional operational programme 2007-2013 for the Loire Basin
   – programme under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment
   objective co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund
   (ERDF)




2. Overview
On 28 September 2007, the European Commission approved a Multiregional
Operational Programme for the Loire Basin in France for 2007-2013. The regions
covered by this programme are as follows: the Centre (the lead region), Lower
Normandy, the Loire Region, Poitou-Charentes, Burgundy, Auvergne, Limousin, the
Rhône-Alpes Region and Languedoc-Roussillon.
This Operational Programme comes under the Regional Competitiveness and
Employment objective and has a total budget of around 74 million euros. The
financing provided by the European Union under the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some 34 million euros, representing around
0.2% of Community aid to France as part of the cohesion policy for 2007-2013.

3. Purpose and aim of the programme
The strategic objective of the programme for the Loire Basin region is to improve the
competitiveness of the region and its employment within the context of sustainable
development.
The strategy of the operational programme is based in particular on:
   regional issues highlighted by identification and analysis of the region’s
    weaknesses and potential;
   the Community and national strategic framework establishing the principles for
    the allocation of Community funding.
4. Expected impact of the investment
The costs avoided in terms of damage and loss of business, thanks to the
Community funding allocated to reducing the vulnerability of business activities to
flooding, is estimated at 26 million euros.
The programme is intended to allow 25% of the municipalities in the Loire Basin (i.e.
575) exposed to the risk of flooding to be covered by an action plan for flood
prevention. The plan is also to fund 140 scientific articles associated with the
research work under way on the Loire. As part of the initiative to preserve migratory
fish, the programme is set to allow the number of spawning salmon in runs (salmon
migration) at Vichy (on the river Allier) to increase from 707 to 1 500.

5. Priorities
The programme is centred on four priorities:

Priority 1: Boosting the competitiveness of the Loire region by reducing the
            vulnerability of business activities in the Basin to flooding [approx.
            48.7% of total investment]
This priority aims to introduce an “'industrial” initiative to reduce the vulnerability of
business activities to flooding and control flood risk through shared surveys and
experimental action.
This is implemented in initiatives for:
  mobilisation and coordination;
  conducting diagnostics (identifying the factors determining the vulnerability of
   businesses, structures and areas of activity to flooding);
 voluntary adoption by these businesses, structures and areas of activity of
   effective and priority measures to reduce their vulnerability to flooding.
The following are also planned:
   global surveys of the risks and challenges of watersheds;
   agreed action plans for flood prevention;
   land use controls;
   experimental work etc.
Priority 2: Stimulating research and innovation in the Loire Basin by
            developing and disseminating global, fundamental and operational
            knowledge of the Basin [approx. 23.2% of total investment]
The primary aim of this priority is to:
   capitalise on and pool data on the Loire Basin by implementing and
    disseminating data and knowledge, developing a system and technological
    tools to facilitate the creation of collaborative projects for exchanging and
    exploiting knowledge and data useful to monitoring and evaluating initiatives;
   develop interaction between the scientific community and operators in the Loire
    region by implementing an integrated programme of research projects,
    developing scientific research and initiatives to enhance the value of research
    and scientific capital in the Loire Basin.




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Priority 3: Supporting multiregional excellence initiatives that reconcile
            economic strengthening with preservation of the environment
            [approx. 24.9% of total investment]
The objective of this priority is to turn the natural, cultural, architectural heritage and
landscape of the Loire Basin and its tributaries into a driving force for enhancing the
attractiveness and competitiveness of the Loire territories.
The multiregional dimension and agreement between the various administrative
bodies will make it possible to tackle the following challenges:
   environmental issues throughout the Basin, specifically through experimental
    initiatives to preserve the environment and coordinated and shared
    management of invasive vegetation;
   capitalising on the assets of the Loire Basin through multiannual action plans
    based around the main sites of interest, “gentle roaming” and the landscape;
   restoring the migrating fish stocks (large salmon population).
Priority 4: Technical assistance [approx. 3.2% of total investment]
Technical assistance provides cofinancing for management, monitoring, evaluation,
coordination, information and communication activities.

6. Managing Authority: Préfecture de la région Centre – Orléans,
France
Contact details:
Préfecture de la région Centre
181, rue de Bourgogne
F - 45042 Orléans Cedex
France
Telephone: (33-2) 38 81 46 00
Fax: (33-2) 38 81 46 02
Internet: www.centre.pref.gouv.fr

7. Title: “Multiregional operational programme 2007-2013 for the Loire
Basin”
Type of intervention: operational programme
CCI No: 2007FR162PO024
Decision No: C/2007/4549
Date of approval: 28/09/2007




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8. Breakdown of funding by priority (EUR)

             Priority                      EU           National         Total
                                       contribution   government     government
                                                      contribution     funding
1. Boosting the competitiveness of
the Loire Basin by reducing the
                                         17 100 000     19 150 000    36 250 000
vulnerability of business activities
in the Basin to flooding
2. Stimulating research and
innovation in the Loire Basin by
developing and disseminating
                                          8 650 000      8 650 000    17 300 000
global, fundamental and
operational knowledge of the
Basin
3. Supporting multiregional
excellence initiatives that
reconcile economic strengthening          6 880 000     11 620 000    18 500 000
with preservation of the
environment
4. Technical assistance                   1 179 546      1 179 547     2 359 093
Total                                    33 809 546     40 599 547    74 409 093




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