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Operational Programme 'Estonia - Latvia'

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 Programme between Estonia and Latvia for the period 2007-13. The Programme provides Community assistance from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the regions of Lääne-Eesti, Lõuna-Eesti, Kurzeme, Riga, Pieriga and Vidzeme along the Estonian-Latvian border. Other regions of both countries can take part in projects as adjacent areas, receiving a maximum 20% of the ERDF funding allocated to the Programme.

The Programme falls within the framework laid out for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective and has a total budget of around €51 million. Community funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €38 million, which represents approximately 0.4% 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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The aims of the Programme are to promote entrepreneurship, match the skills of the unemployed with those required in the labour market, and upgrade transport links across the region. The Programme also promotes sustainable development and economic competitiveness in the region covered, by taking an integrated and cross-border approach to economic, social and environmental development in ways that involve and benefit local people and communities.

2. Expected impact of investments

The investments made should result in better physical connectivity, enhanced joint management of public services and resources, higher numbers of business start-ups and tourism products, and more active local communities cooperating across the border. Business operators should benefit from increased capacity, while citizens from the region should benefit from increased knowledge through joint education and training activities.

3. Priorities

The Operational Programme is structured along the following priorities:

Priority 1: Increased Cohesion of the Programme Area [approximately 43.0% of total funding]

This priority aims to ensure better physical cohesion and integration of the Programme area by reducing isolation and increasing internal and external connectivity. Support is also targeted at enhancing the joint management of public services and resources.

Priority 2: Higher Competitiveness of the Programme Area [approximately 36.2% of total funding]

This priority axis focuses on improving the environment for conducting business activities, with account taken of structural changes in the economy and the labour market. Support also targets business start-ups and development, help to increase the attractiveness of the Programme area and enhance employable skills and human resources.

Priority 3: Active, Sustainable and Integrated Communities [approximately 8.3% of total funding]

The focus here is on boosting the attractiveness of the Programme area, making it a valued living and working environment. Support is also targeted at improving the sustainability of the area by promoting the vitality of local communities and supporting cross-border social and cultural interactions through activities at grassroots level.

Priority 4: Technical Assistance [approximately 12.5% of total funding]

Technical assistance is provided for implementing the Programme. Financial support is also available to cover administration, monitoring, evaluation and control.

4. Managing Authority

Estonian Ministry of the Interior
Pikk tn 61
EE-15065 Tallinn
Ege, Ello
Tel.: +372 612 5209
E-mail.: ege.ello@siseministeerium.ee
Anu, Roomere
Tel.: +372 612 5117
Fax.: +372 612 5101
E-mail.: anu.roomere@siseministeerium.ee
Web: www.estlat.eu

Financial and Technical information

Title : Operational Programme 'Estonia - Latvia'

Intervention Type : Operational Programme

CCI no : 2007CB163PO050

Number of decision : C/2007/6603

Final approval date : 2007-12-21

Breakdown of finances by priority axis
Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Increased Cohesion of the Programme Area 17 967 418 3 994 250 21 961 668
Higher Competitiveness of the Programme Area 14 373 934 4 107 291 18 481 225
Active, Sustainable and Integrated Communities 3 593 484 634 144 4 227 628
Technical Assistance 2 293 713 4 119 683 6 413 396
Total 38 228 549 12 855 368 51 083 917
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