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Operational Programme 'Poland - Germany (Saxony)'

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

On 21 December 2007, the European Commission approved a Cross-border Cooperation Operational Programme between Poland and Germany for the period 2007-2013. The Programme involves providing Community support as part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for specific German and Polish regions that lie along their common border: the German regions of Niederschlesischer Oberlausitzkreis, Löbau – Zittau and Kreisfreie Stadt Görlitz, along with two Polish sub-regions, Jeleniogórsko-Wałbrzyski and Zielonogórski, which respectively form part of the voievodships of Lower Silesia and Lubuskie. Other regions may take part in projects as an adjacent area, i.e. receiving a maximum 20% of the ERDF funding allocated to the Programme.

The Operational Programme falls within the framework laid out for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective and has a total budget of around €124 million. Community funding through the ERDF amounts to some €105 million, which represents approximately 1.2% of the total EU investment earmarked for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective under the Cohesion Policy 2007-13.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

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The overall objective is to promote the sustainable development and economic competitiveness of the German-Polish border region. This will be achieved by pursuing an integrated, cross-border approach to economic and social development, which involves and benefits local people and their communities.

The Programme area is characterised by an undeveloped cross-border infrastructure, common spatial planning issues and differences in per capita income between the bordering regions. Fortunately, there is a willingness to work together on these and other issues.

2. Expected impact of the investment

The Programme aims to support the development of social frameworks, entrepreneurship, tourism and action to protect and improve the environment.

3. Priorities

The Operational Programme is structured around the following priorities:

Priority 1: Cross-border development [approximately 47.3% of the total budget]

The aim of this priority is to improve the economy and science base, boost tourism and spa facilities, develop transport and communications, care for the environment and improve spatial and regional planning.

Priority 2: Cross-border social integration [approximately 46.7% of the total budget]

Boosting social integration across the border will be achieved by supporting actions in the following areas: education and qualifications; art and culture; social infrastructure; public security; and partner cooperation. Money will also be set aside to create a small project fund.

Priority 3: Technical assistance [approximately 6% of the total budget]

Technical assistance is available to help implement the Programme.

4. Managing Authority

Saxony State Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labor
Wilhelm-Buck-Strasse 2
D-01097 Dresden
Stephan, Brauckmann
Tel.: +49(0)351/564-8360
Fax.: +49(0)351/564-8306
E-mail.: stephan.brauckmann@smwa.sachsen.de

Financial and Technical information

Title : Operational Programme 'Poland - Germany (Saxony)'

Intervention Type : Operational Programme

CCI no : 2007CB163PO018

Number of decision : C/2007/6573

Final approval date : 2007-12-21

Breakdown of finances by priority axis
Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Cross-border cooperation development 49 754 945 8 604 683 58 359 628
Cross-border social integration 49 049 395 8 482 663 57 532 058
Technical Assistance 6 306 660 1 112 940 7 419 600
Total 105 111 000 18 200 286 123 311 286
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