2007-2013 programme


By giving financial support to projects to help the regions and their inhabitants, European regional policy aims to enable them to play a major role in economic development and competitiveness.

The ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) had 3 objectives for the 2007-2013 period: "convergence", "regional competitiveness and employment" and "European territorial cooperation".

Regulatory framework

All the information about the European Regional Development Fund is available on the dedicated website.

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Strategy: Operational Programme 2007-2013

Like every Belgian region, the Brussels-Capital Region has developed its own strategy, suited to its own socio-economic characteristics. This strategy falls within the scope of the National Reform Programme, the Brussels contribution to the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) and the Regional Plan for Innovation.

The Region has defined its objectives in an operational programme called "Objective 2013: Investing in urban development together!"
This programme represents a budget of 115 million euros, co-financed by the European Union and the Region. Produced with the assistance of various experts and regional partners, the programme was approved by the Government on 22 March 2007 (at a second reading) and then by the European Commission on 27 November 2007.

This programme led to the creation of 34 projects which are divided into 2 areas, or objectives: to support territorial competitiveness and to improve territorial cohesion. In addition to the many infrastructure projects still ongoing, there have already been significant results in terms of support to SMEs and VSEs including the awarding of 205 loans and 78 grants, almost 600 new jobs and 23 refurbished shops... but entrepreneurial initiatives have also affected 10,745 people and resulted in 20,000 m² of new business space, 120,000 m² of cleared ground and 2 new research centres. The projects launched during the 2007-2013 programme will finish in 2015, thus a full assessment of the programme will not be available until after 2015.

During this transitionnal period, reference documents (Operational Program OP 2007-2013) can be obtained on request from the ERDF Directorate: feder@sprb.brussels

2007-2013 Projects supported

Following two calls for projects issued by the Government in 2007 and 2008, 34 projects were selected. Together with the actions undertaken by the Government over the last ten years, these projects are helping to strengthen the economy, training and employment in the Priority Intervention Zone (PIZ) and increase its attractiveness.

During this transitionnal period, reference documents can be obtained on request from the ERDF Directorate: feder@sprb.brussels

Project sponsors

The programme's Managing Authority has produced a handbook for project sponsors in order to provide them with the best possible information. This contains all kinds of information, but specifically mentions all the project sponsor's rights and duties, such as their obligations with regard to information and publicity, the various reports (progress reports, activity reports, indicators, annual accounts …) that they have to submit, etc.

Guidance notes on more specific subjects have also been created regarding public procurement contracts and receipts. It should however be noted that the handbook and guidance notes do not under any circumstances replace the applicable documents and regulations in the different areas concerned.
Finally, in the glossary of indicators, the Managing Authority has defined the statistical indicators that will be used for the objective evaluation of the projects.

During this transitionnal period, reference documents can be obtained on request from the ERDF Directorate: feder@sprb.brussels

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