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Operational Programme 'Central Bohemia'

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

The European Commission approved on 3 December 2007 a regional operational programme of the NUTS II region Central Bohemia in the Czech Republic. This programme involves Community support for the region within the framework of "Convergence" objective. The total budget of the programme is around EUR 658 million and the Community assistance through the ERDF amounts to EUR 559 million (approximately 2 % of the total EU money invested in the Czech Republic under Cohesion policy 2007-2013).

1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment

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The EU Cohesion Policy in 2007-2013 will put more emphasis on a territorially integrated approach to solving of economic and social cohesion issues and to decentralization of powers while implementing the interventions. This programme could play a decisive role in this area, and could have a very positive impact in economic and social terms. The strategy of this operational programme also emphasises the urban dimension. The support of small- and medium-sized municipalities as the growth poles of rural areas meets the requirement of harmonious and balanced territorial development.

2. The expected impact of the investment

The programme is expected to create over 105 new jobs. 20 km of new roads, and 200 km of renovated roads. The programme is expected to increase the number of persons transported by public transport by 8 000 and the number of tourists visiting the region by 200 000.

3. Priorities

The global objective of the programme by 2013 is to create conditions for dynamic growth of GDP of the region and provision of life quality of the urban and rural population by means of increasing the attractiveness of the region for living, business, investments and tourism.

Priority 1: Transport

High and sustainable mobility of the inhabitants and reducing negative impacts of transport on the environment. In order to increase accessibility of backbone communication networks from Central Bohemian areas serviced by class II and III roads and to increase the interconnection among individual sub-regions, unsatisfactory sections of regional roads will be reconstructed and modernised.

Priority 2: Tourism

Increase the number of visitors and the length of their stays and enhancing the local income from tourism. Central Bohemia has a relatively high natural and cultural potential for tourism development within the Czech Republic which has not been sufficiently used so far.

Priority 3: Integrated territorial development

Ensure quality of life in towns and rural areas and to strengthen the role of urban centres as natural growth poles in the region. This priority will focus on the comprehensive approach to solution of development problems of towns and rural municipalities. Main attention will be devoted to revitalisation and improvement of attractiveness of towns as main centres of economic growth, as well as small- and medium sized towns in rural and peripheral areas.

Priority 4: Technical assistance

There is also provision for technical assistance in order to implement the programme. Financial support is available covering administration, monitoring and control.

4. Managing Authority

Regional Council of the Central Bohemia Cohesion Region
Zborovská 11
CZ-150 21 Praha
Director
Tomáš, Novotný
Tel.: +420 222 749 770
E-mail.: novotny@ropsc.cz
Web: Regional Council of the Cohesion Region Central Bohemia

Financial and Technical information

Title : Operational Programme 'Central Bohemia'

Intervention Type : Operational Programme

CCI no : 2007CZ161PO009

Number of decision : C/2007/6112

Final approval date : 2007-12-03

Breakdown of finances by priority axis
Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Transport 232 578 877 41 043 331 273 622 208
Tourism 100 635 091 17 759 135 118 394 226
Integrated territorial development 206 861 020 36 504 891 243 365 911
Technical assistance 19 008 851 3 354 503 22 363 354
Total 559 083 839 98 661 860 657 745 699
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