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Operational Programme 'Poland - Czech Republic'

Programme under the European Territorial Cooperation Objective, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

On 11 December 2007, the European Commission approved a Cross-border Cooperation Operational Programme between the Czech Republic and Poland for the period 2007-13. The Programme involves providing Community support as part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for specific Czech and Polish regions that lie along their common border: the Czech regions Liberecký kraj, Královéhradecký kraj, Pardubický kraj, Olomoucký kraj and Moravskoslezský kraj and Polish regions subregions Jeleniogórsko, Wałbrzyski, Opolski, Nyski, Rybnicki, and Bielski.

The Operational Programme falls within the framework laid out for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective and has a total budget of around €259 million. Community funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €220 million, which represents approximately 2.5% of the total EU investment earmarked for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective under the Cohesion Policy 2007-13.

1. Aim and purpose of the programme

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Employment and production levels have suffered in the region in recent years due to heavy industry and agricultural restructuring. However, services have been increasing their share in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and creating a significant number of jobs. Tourism also offers considerable potential, while small to medium sized enterprises (SME) with their broad, dynamic base play a vital role in creating jobs and contributing to economic development and social stability. In terms of innovation, the basic preconditions are present, however there is poor use of foreign sources of financing as well as limited involvement of universities, research institutions and companies in international cooperation networks.

The Programme therefore aims to address these key issues and remove existing barriers that prevent the border area from being competitive and hinder integration of the area from the economic and social points of view. The Programme also seeks to increase the attractiveness of the cross-border area for both local and external investors, residents and visitors.

2. Expected impact of investments

The Programme is expected to result in greater cooperation networks among universities, research centres and SMEs, as well as enhanced information and communication technologies (ICT) and support services for SMEs. The investments should also see improved education and training systems and worker adaptability. Other expected impacts include better local road connections, enhanced risk prevention and nature protection measures, and significant tourism development.

3. Priorities

The Operational Programme is structured along the following priorities:

Priority 1: Strengthening of Accessibility, Environmental Protection and Risk Prevention [approximately 32% of total funding]

The aim of this priority is to improve infrastructure, transport services, safety and the quality of the environment in the Czech - Polish border area.

Priority 2: Improvement of Conditions for Developing the Business Environment and Tourism [approximately 36% of total funding]

This priority aims to increase the competitiveness of companies in the Czech - Polish border area, in addition to expanding tourism and increasing the knowledge and skills of citizens.

Priority 3: Support for Cooperation among Local Communities [approximately 26% of total funding]

The aim of this priority is to strengthen cross-border relations among institutions providing public services and among citizens, in addition to stimulating local community development through support for the activities of local players.

Priority 4: Technical Assistance [approximately 6% of total funding]

This priority covers management of the Programme, including information and communication activities.

4. Managing Authority

Ministry for Regional Development
Department of European Territorial Cooperation
Staroměstské náměstí 6
CZ-110 15 Praha 1
Jiří, Horáček
Tel.: +420 224 861 398
Fax.: +420 234 154 007
E-mail.: horjir@mmr.cz

Financial and Technical information

Title : Operational Programme 'Poland - Czech Republic'

Intervention Type : Operational Programme

CCI no : 2007CB163PO025

Number of decision : C/2007/6066

Final approval date : 2007-12-11

Breakdown of finances by priority axis
Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Strengthening of Accessibility, Environmental Protection and Risk Prevention 81 626 990 14 404 763 96 031 753
Improvement of Conditions for Developing the Business Environment and Tourism 69 605 364 12 283 302 81 888 666
Support for Cooperation among Local Communities 55 059 430 9 716 370 64 775 800
Technical Assistance 13 167 560 2 323 688 15 491 248
Total 219 459 344 38 728 123 258 187 467
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