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Operational Programme 'North-West'

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

The European Commission approved on 3 December 2007 a regional operational programme in the Czech Republic for the period 2007-2013, entitled the Regional Operational Programme "Northwest". This programme involves Community support for this region within the framework of "Convergence" objective. The total budget of the programme is around EUR 877 million and the Community investment through the ERDF amounts to EUR 745 million.

1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment

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The overall objective consists in supporting the economic, social, territorially balanced and sustainable development of the Northwest region, according to its specific needs and resources, focusing on transport accessibility, urban and local regeneration, development of tourism. This objective will be achieved in close coordination with the actions implemented by other operational programmes at the national level.

2. The expected impact of the investment

The programme will ensure 20 km of new roads to be constructed and 130 km to be renovated. 35 km of new cycle-path will be built. Ca.25 ha of surface areas will be revitalized and regenerated. The programme will also significantly contribute to the attractiveness of towns in the region by supporting around 40 projects in cities with over 50 000 inhabitants.

3. Priorities

The main priorities of the programme are to regenerate physical and social environments of the region, to increase the internal and external accessibility of the region and its transport serviceability. These improvements will contribute to higher mobility of citizens and to business activities within the region what will bring benefits and higher living standard for population of the region.

The Regional Operational Programme Northwest is structured according to the following priorities:

Priority 1: Urban regeneration and development

This priority concentrates on support to urban areas in the region-development poles and medium and small size towns. The priorities are revitalization and regeneration of towns and increasing the supply and quality of the infrastructure.

Priority 2: Integrated support of local development

The stress will be put on stimulation and balanced development of rural areas and their communities by implementing targeted integrated projects based on local needs. Development and improvement of the infrastructure and physical and cultural environment will also be tackled (for instance: street lighting, redevelopment of historical sites, improvement of education, social and health institutions...).

Priority 3: Accessibility and transport service ability

The objective is to focus on improvement of the connection of the region to surrounding areas securing efficient internal interconnection and its efficient transport accessibility particularly by public transport.

Priority 4: Sustainable development of tourism

Effective use of the region's natural and cultural potential should be exploited through this priority. This should be ensured by the development and modernization of tourism infrastructure, development of services for tourism and efficient marketing of the region.

Priority 5: Technical assistance

Technical assistance is also provided in order to implement the programme. Financial support is available covering administration, monitoring and control.

4. Managing Authority

Regional Council of the North-West Cohesion Region
Masarykova 3488/1
CZ-400 01 Ústí nad Labem
Director
Pavel K., Markvart
Tel.: +420 475 240 680
E-mail.: pavel.markvart@nuts2severozapad.cz
Web: Regional Council of the Northwest region

Financial and Technical information

Title : Operational Programme 'North-West'

Intervention Type : Operational Programme

CCI no : 2007CZ161PO008

Number of decision : C/2007/6108

Final approval date : 2007-12-03

Breakdown of finances by priority axis
Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Urban regeneration and development 297 320 134 52 468 260 349 788 394
Integrated support of local development 32 521 721 5 739 128 38 260 849
Accessibility and transport serviceability 253 311 382 44 702 009 298 013 391
Sustainable development of tourism 142 618 188 25 167 916 167 786 104
Technical Assistance 20 139 596 3 554 047 23 693 643
Total 745 911 021 131 631 360 877 542 381
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