Relaunching competitiveness in employment, technological development and access to education. These are the priorities at the heart of the new operational programs of the European Regional Development Fund (POR FESR) and the European Social Fund Plus (ESF +) of the Lombardy Region.
What the Partnership Agreement on European Funds 2021-27 offers
In anticipation of the official green light from Brussels to the Partnership Agreement, expected until the end of July, here is an overview of the proposals of the POR FESR and POR FSE + from Lombardy which allocate as a whole over 3.5 billion euros for the seven-year period 2021-2027.
What will the 2021-2027 POR FESR Lombardia fund?
The program focuses on three challenges, starting with Relaunch of competitiveness of the production system.
To support the development of the Lombard Entrepreneurial fabric, consisting mainly of small and medium-sized enterprises, POR FESR wants to invest in Research widens, Innovation In the Development technologicallypromoting the transfer of knowledge between research centers and companies.
There are also interventions in favor ofInternationalization by companies, through innovative models that focus on new digital technologies (e-commerce, virtual showrooms, etc.), along with actions to promote access to credit and improve the attractiveness of the territory.
Do Transition greenon the other hand, it is the second challenge of the program that seeks to encourage the use of renewable energy sources and sustainable production and consumption models, focusing on new technologies,Economy circular and on connected and intelligent transport systems.
The third challenge of the POR FESR is to reduce Inequalities in urban and inland areaswith particular attention to the regeneration of urban areas.
According to provisional documents, the program will be able to count on a budget of 2 Billion Eurosof this € 800 million from the European Regional Development Fund, divided as follows:
- over one billion euros to strengthen the competitiveness of companies
- 642 million euros for the green transition
- 207 million euros to reduce differences in social fabric
- 60 million euros for technical assistance activities
What will the ROP ESF + Lombardia fund 2021-2027?
The POR FSE + also focuses on three challenges, ab Relaunch of employmentthrough career guidance and mentoring services, worker reskilling activities and innovation of organizational models.
The second challenge, on the other hand, focuses onAccess to education and training servicesreduce the risk of early school leaving and adapt training courses to the needs of businesses in terms of skills.
As far as POR FESR is concerned, the third challenge is dedicated Contrast of inequalitiesin this case with special attention to the situations of Marginality In the Poverty social, through measures to prevent and combat social exclusion.
The budget proposed for the ROP ESF + is over 1.5 Billion Eurosof which over 602 million euros from the European Social Fund Plus, divided as follows:
- more than 463 million euros for work
- € 557.6 million for education and training
- 444 million euros for social inclusion
- over 42.6 million euros for technical assistance
Synergies with European funds and the PNRR
A strong emergence of the thematic priorities of the two operational programs Complementaritywhich is the basis of various strategic objectives.
For example, the ROP FSE + will contribute to the green transition provided by the ROP FESR, with training, information and awareness-raising interventions for businesses, public administrations and citizens. To continue to focus on the housing services system, however, the actions of POR FSE + will focus on social services, while POR FESR will focus on infrastructural interventions.
The two PORs will work in synergy with each other Fongen Europeans of programs 2021-2027 (such as Interreg, Horizon Europe, Digital Europe, LIFE, Creative Europe, etc.) programs and will contribute to the achievement of the objectives National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) in education, employment, social inclusion and health.
Consult the proposals of POR FESR and FSE + Lombardia 2021-2027