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Information about the European Structural and Investment Funds Programmes

 
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National Operational Programme on Enterprises and Competitiveness
 
Programme description
 
Main objectives
The programme covers EU funding to the less developed and transition regions of Italy under the "Investment for growth and jobs goal", amounting to EUR 1 776 000 000, provided from the resources of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
 
The programme will implement 4 operational priorities covering 4 thematic objectives: (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation, (2) enhancing access to, use and quality of ICT, (3) enhancing competitiveness of SMEs, and (4) supporting shift towards a low carbon economy.
 
Funding priorities
The main areas for investment to be supported under the programme include: promoting business investment in research and innovation (29.8%) deployment of ultra-high speed broadband infrastructure (100 Mbps and higher) targeting areas of high concentration of enterprises (9.7%), promoting entrepreneurship, developing and implementing of new business models and supporting SME growth through increased capacity to develop new products and services, internationalisation and penetration of new markets (35.8%) and promoting use of renewable energy in enterprises and implementation of smart distribution systems, to maximise available production potential of renewable energies (21.2%). The remaining 3.5% will be used for technical assistance to support the implementation of the programme.
 
The programme foresees that overall 50.4% of EU resources will be implemented through financial instruments, including 76.9% of support to SMEs, 55% of support for research and innovation and 22.5% of support to low-carbon economy.
 
Expected results
Key results to be delivered under the programme include: significant increase in enterprises' collaborative activity in the field of research and innovation (expected increase by 5% and 10% respectively for less developed and transition regions), 85% coverage of ultra-high speed broadband for 100 Mbps or higher, 1% increase in employment generated by new enterprises, 2% increase in private investment, 1% increase in the level of external trade in the manufacturing sector, 3.5% increase in the level of innovation by the productive sector and 9% increase in the share of renewable energy consumed.
 
Regions
Abruzzo
Molise
Campania
Puglia
Basilicata
Calabria
Sicilia
 
Funds
Regional Development Fund (ERDF): 1,676,000,000.00 €
 
Thematic priorities
TA - Technical Assistance
TO1 - Research and innovation
TO2 - Information and communication technologies
TO3 - SMEs competitiveness
TO4 - Low-carbon economy
 
Financial information
Total OP budget: 2,316,500,000.00 €
Total EU contribution: 1,676,000,000.00 €
 
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National operational programme SME Initiative   
 
Programme description
 
Main objectives
The programme covers Italy's contribution to the Small&Medium Enterprises (SME) Initiative. Through this, Italy will make a contribution of EUR 100 million to the initiative, from its 2014-2020 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) allocation, which is expected to generate more than EUR 600 million in new financing made available to Italian SMEs. Access to finance for SMEs located in the Mezzogiorno will be significantly facilitated, to incentivise them to continue to invest in the economy and to create jobs.
 
In fact, EU funding will be used to implement a new financial instrument consisting of securitization of portfolios of existing loans to Italian SMEs and mid-caps, in the books of banks operating in Italy, against the banks' commitment to generate portfolios of new loans to SMEs located in the less developed and transition regions of Italy, for an amount at least six times the programme contribution.
 
At the same time the Italian Authorities will devote additional national resources for an amount equivalent to the EU contribution, to be committed outside the programme. A similar multiplier as for the EU contribution should also be achieved with the national contribution, to reach an overall cumulative volume of new loans of some EUR 1.2 billion.
 
Funding priorities
The Programme will focus on one single priority "Improvement of access to credit for SMEs in the Mezzogiorno".
 
Expected results
The share of SME loans ranging between EUR 30.000 and EUR 500.000 in relation to the overall volume of credit is expected to increase from 23.83 % to 27.95% for the less developed regions and from 24.09% to 25% for the transition regions
 
Bank financing to enterprises as a percentage of GDP is expected to increase from 38.29% to 46.42 % for the less developed regions and from 44.51% to 49.68% for the transition regions.
 
 
Regions
Abruzzo
Molise
Campania
Puglia
Basilicata
Calabria
Sicilia
 
Funds
Regional Development Fund (ERDF): 100,000,000.00 €
 
Thematic priorities
TO3 - SMEs competitiveness
 
Financial information
Total OP budget: 102,500,000.00 €
Total EU contribution: 100,000,000.00 €
 
 
 
Managing Authority
 
Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico - Direzione Generale per gli incentivi alle imprese
Viale America, 201
00144 ROMA
(+39)0654927709
giuseppe.bronzino@mise.gov.it