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Operational Programme 'Podlaskie'

Programme under the Convergence objective, co-funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

In October 2007, the European Commission approved the regional development programme for the Podlaskie region in Poland covering the period 2007-2013. The programme is entitled: 'Operational Programme for the Podlaskie Voivodeship'. It involves Community support for Podlaskie within the framework of the Convergence objective. The total budget of the programme is around EUR 0.75 billion. Community assistance through the ERDF amounts to EUR 636 million (approximately 0.95 % of the total EU money invested in Poland under Cohesion policy 2007-2013).

1. Purpose of EU investment

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The Podlaskie Regional Operational Programme (ROP) is the region’s first-ever large-scale, coordinated, multi-annual and financially stable programme of development measures. The Podlaskie ROP will become the region’s most important instrument for making structural changes happen. It will also be an important tool for delivery of the revised Lisbon Strategy. The allocation for Lisbon objectives in the Programme is more than 43.1% of its total budget.

The strategic goal of the Programme is to boost the rate of economic growth and the creation of new jobs outside agriculture with consideration for and preservation of region’s natural and cultural heritage.

2. Expected impact of investment

According to a macroeconomic modelling projection, the programme is expected to deliver additional GDP growth of 2.88%, and to create around 14 000 new jobs.

3. Priority axes

The specific objectives of the programme are to:

  • Make the region more attractive to investors
  • Boost the competitiveness of Podlaskie enterprises both nationally and internationally.
  • Develop tourism focused on the region's natural and cultural heritage.

The programme is structured according to the following priorities:

Priority 1: Boost innovation, support entrepreneurship

This priority will include all measures related to improving the regional economy of Podlaskie. It will combine measures targeting the business environment and direct support for business. Direct aid schemes will contribute to improving competitiveness and innovation, especially in the SME sector. There will be support for using new technologies and solutions in a modern economy, in both manufacturing and services. As well as grants, there will be revolving financial instruments (loans and guarantees). The region will also consider using the JEREMIE initiative for revolving finance schemes. Business environment measures will involve creation of investment zones, increasing the potential of institutions of higher education and scientific units through initiating cooperation between the R&D sector and SMEs; and supporting business environment institutions through investment and consultancy.

Priority 2: Development of transport infrastructure

This priority will aim to improve the region's accessibility by modernising the transport infrastructure. Strategic regional connections between growth centres will be improved. In addition, local road schemes will be offered to link rural areas to their natural local growth centres. A regional airport will be constructed near Bialystok. Rolling stock for regional rail transport will be improved to make rail transport more attractive. Cities will be assisted in upgrading public transport.

Priority 3: Development of culture and tourism

This priority is intended to boost tourism and the attractiveness of the Podlaskie region. It will involve promoting investment in culture and tourism (including recreation and sport facilities); and promoting the Podlaskie region as an attractive place for tourism. The strategic goal is to attract tourists from abroad and to extend the average stay by offering an integrated tourism product that is less dependent on high seasons. This will involve support for enterprises in the tourism sector and improvements in tourist accommodation services.

Priority 4: Information Society

This priority will improve the use and take-up of the internet by providing the required IT infrastructure (local broadband networks, Public Access Points, informatisation of public offices). It will promote the concept of the information society by providing appropriate e-services (e.g. in administration, health protection, education, culture and sport). An ICT project, managed by the regional authorities and implemented in all municipalities, will aim to increase the compatibility of applied solutions.

Priority 5: Development of infrastructure for environment protection

This priority will aim to preserve the natural heritage by infrastructure investments reducing negative impacts on the environment. The investments will include waste management, water and wastewater installations, risk prevention measures, biodiversity measures to promote renewable energy sources. Local infrastructure investments will be located primarily in the least developed municipalities.

Priority 6: Social infrastructure development

This priority will aim to make the region more attractive for investment by improving social infrastructure. In education, the aim is to improve quality at all levels and to improve access to educational and culture heritage infrastructure. In the health sector, the aim is to improve the quality and accessibility of medical and social care services. The focus will be on investments of regional importance.

Priority 7: Technical assistance

This targets the Podlaskie ROP management and implementation process, publicity and information, and support for the process of project development and implementation.

4. Managing Authority

Council of the Podlaskie Voivodeship
Marshal's Office of the Podlaskie Voivodeship
ul. Wyszyńskiego 1
PL-15-888 Białystok
Marshal
Jarosław, Zygmunt Dworzański
Tel.: + 48 85 7485 100
Fax.: + 48 85 7485 101
E-mail.: marszalek@umwp-podlasie.pl
Web: Council of the Podlaskie Voivodeship

Financial and Technical information

Title : Operational Programme 'Podlaskie'

Intervention Type : Operational Programme

CCI no : 2007PL161PO014

Number of decision : C(2007)5085

Final approval date : 2007-10-11

Breakdown of finances by priority axis
Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Increase of innovation and support of entrepreneurship in the region 139 965 734 11 114 926 151 080 660
Development of transport infrastructure 203 586 523 53 287 126 256 873 649
Development of tourism and culture 101 793 261 18 861 692 120 654 953
Information society 50 896 631 8 981 758 59 878 389
Development of infrastructure for environment protection 63 620 788 11 227 198 74 847 986
Social infrastructure development 50 896 631 7 739 928 58 636 559
Technical Assistance 25 448 315 2 827 591 28 275 906
Total 636 207 883 114 040 219 750 248 102
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