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Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 300 million

Official Journal Reference

L 33 of 1988-02-05

Legislative Reference

328/88/CEE of 1988-02-02
To initiate a series of consistent multiannual measures to improve the infrastructure and physical and social environment in areas suffering from unemployment as a result of the decline in steel production as well as to establish new job-creating economic activities, encourage the growth of SMEs and promote innovation in these areas.


Council Regulation (EEC) No 1787/84 of 19 June 1984 (Official Journal No L 169 of 28.6.1984) on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) provides for participation by the Fund in Community programmes which are designed to help solve serious problems affecting the socio-economic situation in one or more regions and to provide a better link between the Community's objectives for the structural development or conversion of regions and the objectives of other Community policies

The programme applies principally to steel areas covered by a national regional aid scheme. Between January 1986 and the end of 1989, these areas must have witnessed major job losses as a result of the restructuring of the steel industry in the framework of the Community's general objectives for steel.

The programme also contains measures analogous to those already adopted in the past for certain areas and contributes to the furtherance of both regional development objectives and the Community's aims with regard to steel.


Information not presently available.


The programme is financed jointly by the Member States concerned and the Community. Programmes of assistance drawn up by the competent authorities in a Member State must be forwarded to the Commission. All or part of the aid granted by the Community may be in the form of a capital grant or an interest subsidy. This aid may not be combined with aid granted for the same project under other analogous measures.

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) may participate in certain operations of the programme up to 55% of the total public expenditure involved. Eligible for ERDF assistance are public authorities, local and regional authorities and other bodies, businesses, cooperatives or individuals.
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