|The project||Support period||Total support||Size of area covered|
|URBAN II||2000 2006|| 20.178 million, of which 10.089 million EU support funding (ERDF)
||326 hectares approx. 23,000 inhabitants|
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.
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:
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.