Operational Programme 'Hungary - Slovak Republic'
Programme under the European Territorial Cooperation Objective, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
On 20 December 2007, the European Commission approved a Cross-border Cooperation Programme between Hungary and the Slovak Republic for the period 2007-13. The Operational Programme involves Community support as part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for specific Hungarian and Slovak regions that lie along their common border: the Hungarian regions of Győr-Moson-Sopron, Komárom-Esztergom, Pest, Nógrád, Heves, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg and Budapest and Slovak regions Bratislavský kraj, Trnavský kraj, Nitriansky kraj, Banskobystrický kraj and Košický kraj.
The Operational Programme falls within the framework laid out for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective and has a total budget of around €208 million. Community investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €176 million, which represents approximately 2.0% 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
The overall strategic goal of the Programme is to increase the level of economic and social integration in the Hungarian-Slovak border area by strengthening economic competitiveness, increasing social and cultural coherence among people and communities, improving accessibility and communication as well as protecting natural assets.
2. Expected impact of investments
The main impacts expected include:
A series of indicators will be used to evaluate the Programme’s impact on the population, the environment and the economic wealth of the region. Specific targets include 250 000 people benefiting from improved infrastructure (cycle paths, bridges and roads), 650 women taking part in joint training and education activities, and 5000 people benefiting from renewable energy.
The Operational Programme is structured along the following priorities:
Priority 1: Economy and Society [approximately 41.0% of total funding]
This priority aims to develop cross-border business cooperation by supporting business infrastructure facilities. The focus is also on developing human relations in the field of research, technological development and innovation, supporting the joint use of human resources in education and the labour market, and initiating people-to-people actions. Joint projects in the tourism and healthcare sectors as well as the development of networks and partnerships will also be encouraged.
Priority 2: Environment, Nature Protection and Accessibility [approximately 53.0% of total funding]
The objective of this priority aims to encourage joint actions designed to protect the natural environment. One of the key focuses is to develop the transport infrastructure, including road constructions, border-crossing facilities across rivers and public transport. The communication infrastructure will also benefit from support in an effort to improve information flows.
Priority 3: Technical Assistance [approximately 6.0% of total funding]
Technical assistance will be provided for implementing the Programme. Financial support is also available and will cover administration, monitoring, evaluation and control.
4. Managing Authority
- National Development Agency
- Bp. Wesselényi u. 20-22
- HU-1077 Budapest
- Simó, Balázs
- Tel.: +36 1 474 9200
- Fax.: +36 1 474 9201
- E-mail.: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: National Development Agency
- Title : Operational Programme 'Hungary - Slovak Republic'
- Intervention Type : Operational Programme
- CCI no : 2007CB163PO068
- Number of decision : C/2007/6488
- Final approval date : 2007-12-20
- Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Economy and Society||72 363 556||12 770 039||85 133 595|
|Environment, Nature Protection and Accessibility||93 543 134||16 507 612||110 050 746|
|Technical Assistance||10 589 789||1 868 786||12 458 575|
|Total||176 496 479||31 146 437||207 642 916|