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URBAN II 2000 – 2006

Community Initiative Programme for Bremerhaven - Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

Priorities and measures



The projectSupport periodTotal support Size of area covered
URBAN II2000 – 2006€ 20.178 million, of which € 10.089 million EU support funding (ERDF)
326 hectares approx. 23,000 inhabitants

Main problem:

The hard-hitting consequences of the ongoing structural weakness of the City of Bremerhaven – rooted in an economy which has always been excessively reliant on the maritime industry – are manifesting themselves in a particularly dramatic way in the suburbs of the programme area: above-average unemployment, worsening poverty, and a lack of prospects, particularly for children and young people, characterise the situation of the inner-city suburbs. In view of these complex problems and a negative image, both within the area and outside it, and the increasing trend for new companies to locate in the surrounding areas, the city's suburbs have a great need for integrated problem-solving concepts.

Strategic objectives:

The main objective, i.e. to stabilise the economic and social development and to make the area competitive compared with locations outside the city, is to be achieved via the following strategic goals:

  • strengthening economic prosperity and employment
  • promoting equality of opportunity, social inclusion and renewal, strengthening of people's sense of identification with the area
  • protecting and improving the environment and the recreation function
  • boosting the competitiveness, functionality and attractiveness of the area
  • reviving historically valuable functions and infrastructure.

Support priorities:

  1. Economic development
  2. Labour market and social affairs
  3. Urban renewal / ecology
  4. Technical assistance


Overview of the priorities and measures of the URBAN programme

The programme priorities summarise the various major projects and project ideas which are important for the future development of the assisted area. In order to ensure that the objectives of the URBAN II programme can be achieved as well as possible, the various priorities have been given different rankings for the allocation of the support funding.