IPA Regional Development Operational Programme in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The overall objective of the "Regional Development" programme is to support the sustainable development of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, through the improvement of transport and environment infrastructure. To this end, the programme will implement three operational priorities and one technical assistance priority.

1. Priorities and Measures

Priority 1: Corridor X Motorway Completion (EC contribution: € 27,410,400)
This priority will contribute to a better cohesion with EU Member States and regional neighbours through completion of trans-european road Corridor X. Measure 1.1 Upgrading the remaining link along the Corridor X motorway to the level of motorway aims to co-finance the construction of the remaining highway link on Corridor X linking the southern part of the country to the border with Greece, in an extension of approximately 28 Kms.

Priority 2: Upgrading and Modernization of the Transport Infrastructure (EC contribution: € 3,045,600)
This priority willcontribute to a better cohesion with EU Member States and regional neighbours through investments in the transport infrastructure network, with priority given in the current period to prepare future investments in rail infrastructure in corridors X and VIII and road infrastructure in corridor VIII. Measure 2.1 Improving the rail infrastructure along the South East Europe Core Regional Network aims to upgrade rail infrastructure along Corridors X and VIII through financing small rehabilitation works to increase speed and safety and project preparation studies for future infrastructure investments. Measure 2.2 Improving the road infrastructure along the South East Europe Core Regional network aims to contribute to the upgrading and completion of the remaining sections of Corridor VIII linking the Bulgarian border in the East and the Albanian border in the west (missing links totaling 152 Kms), through project preparation studies.

Priority 3: Improvement of Environmental Infrastructure (EC contribution: € 7,614,000)
This priority will improve environmental protection through investments in environmental infrastructure and create conditions for environment friendly sustainable development. Measure 3.1 Establishment wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure meeting the EC requirements will support preparatory studies for future investments. Measure 3.2 Establishing of an integrated and financially self-sustainable waste management system will support physical investments in solid waste management projects that are at a most advanced level of preparation and preparatory studies for future investments in the field of solid waste management.

Priority axis 4: Technical Assistance (EC contribution: € 2,430,000)
This priority aims to ensure a sound and efficient management and implementation of the programme, by improving the administrative capacity of the institutions concerned and supporting implementation, monitoring, evaluation, control and communication activities, as well as to prepare sectoral studies, future operational programmes, and investment projects.

2. Financial Table

Years 2007-2009

Total Public Expenditure

Public Expenditure (€)

IPA co-financing rate
(%)

Community Contribution (IPA)

National Public Contribution

Priority Axis 1

60,912,000

27,410,400

33,501,600

45%%

Priority Axis 2

4,060,801

3,045,600

1,015,201

75%

Priority Axis 3

10,152,002

7,614,000

2,538,002

75%

Technical Assistance

3,240,000

2,430,000

810,000

75%

Total 2007-2009

78,364,803

40,500,000

37,864,803

52%

3. Major Projects

  • Upgrading the road section of the Pan-European Corridor X, Construction of motorway section Demir Kapija Smokvica
  • Improvements in waste water collection and waste water treatment in Prilep

4. Contact & Links

Head of the Operating Structure for the Regional Development Operational Programme

Ms Radica Koceva, Head of Central Financing and Contracting Department
Ministry of Finance
Dame Gruev str. 14
1000 Skopje

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