telecommunications and energy sectors, theprotection and improvement of the environment onthe principle, that preventive action should betaken, that environmental damage should as apriority be rectified at source and that the pollutershould pay, and by fostering the clean, efficientutilisation of energy and the development of renewable energy sources, and equality betweenmen and women in the field of employment;(6)Whereas the ERDF should play a particular role infavour of local economic development, in thecontext of raising the quality of life and developingthe territory, especially by promoting territorialemployment pacts and new sources of employment;(7)Whereas measures of Community interestundertaken at the initiative of the Commission havean important role to play in achieving the generalobjectives of Community structural action referredto in Article 1 of Regulation (EC) No .../98;whereas, to that end, in view of the value it adds atCommunity level, the ERDF should continue topromote cross-border, transnational and inter-regional cooperation, including in the regionslocated on the external frontiers of the Union, theleast-favoured islands and the most remote regions,in view of their special features and difficulties;whereas, in the context of that cooperation, theharmonious, balanced and sustainable developmentof the whole of the Community territory adds valueto work to promote economic and social cohesion;whereas the contribution of the ERDF to thatdevelopment should be continued and increased;(8)Whereas the ERDF also contributes to support forinnovative measures and technical assistance inaccordance with Articles 21 and 22 of Regulation(CE) No .../98;(9)Whereas it is appropriate to lay down the powersfor the adoption of the implementing provisionsand to set out transitional provisions;(10)Whereas it is necessary to repeal Council Regu-lation (EEC) No 4254/88 of 19 December 1988laying down provisions for implementing Regu-lation (EEC) No 2052/88 as regards the EuropeanRegional Development Fund(), as last amended by Regulation (EEC) No 2083/93(),
()OJ L 374, 31.12.1988, p. 15.()OJ L 193, 31.7.1993, p. 34.HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:
Under Article 130c of the Treaty and Regulation (EC)No .../.., the European Regional Development Fund(ERDF) shall contribute towards the financing of assistance as defined in Article 9(1) of that Regulation topromote economic and social cohesion by correcting themain regional imbalances and participating in the devel-opment and conversion of regions.To that end, the ERDF shall also contribute topromoting sustainable development and the creation of permanent jobs.
1.As part of its tasks, as defined in Article 1, theERDF shall contribute towards the financing of:(a)productive investment to create and safeguardpermanent jobs;(b) investment in infrastructure:(i)which, in regions designated under objective 1,helps to increase the economic potential, devel-opment, structural adjustment and creation ormaintenance of permanent jobs in those regions,including investment contributing to the estab-lishment and development of trans-Europeannetworks in the areas of transport, telecommuni-cations and energy infrastructures;(ii) which, in regions and areas designated underobjectives 1 and 2 the Community initiative forcooperation as referred to in Article 19(1)(a) of the Regulation laying down general provisionson the Structural Funds, concerns the diversifi-cation of economic sites and areas suffering fromindustrial decline, the renewal of depressedurban areas, and to the revitalisation of andimproved access to rural areas and areasdependent on fisheries; areas whose modern-isation or regeneration is a prerequisite for thecreation or development of job-creatingeconomic activities, including communicationsinfrastructure and other links on which thedevelopment of these activities is dependent;23.2.1999 C 52/13Official Journal of the European Communities