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Operational Programme 'Świętokrzyskie'

Co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

On 19 December 2007, the European Commission approved a Regional Operational Programme for the Świętokrzyskie region in Poland for the period 2007-13. The Operational Programme falls within the framework laid out for the Convergence Objective and has a total budget of around €854 million. Community assistance through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €726 million, which represents approximately 1.1% of the total EU investment earmarked for Poland under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-2013.

1. Aim and purpose of the programme

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The Świętokrzyskie Regional Operational Programme is the region’s first ever large-scale, coordinated, multi-annual and financially stable programme of development measures. The strategic goal of the Programme is to improve conditions for both developing a competitive regional economy and creating new jobs. It aims to improve the region’s competitiveness, social cohesion and accessibility, fully develop its unique economic and cultural potential, and ensure sustainable use of its environment.

The Regional Operational Programme will become a key instrument for structural change in the region. It will also be an important tool in the realisation of the objectives laid down in the revised Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs, as it allocates more than 32% of its total budget to this end.

2. Expected impact of investments

According to a macroeconomic modelling projection, the Programme is expected to deliver an additional 2.1% of GDP in the Świętokrzyskie region, as well as some 3700 new jobs. Other expected impacts include the development of 250 hectares of industrial zones, financial support for about 1000 small and medium-sized enterprises, and the upgrading of some 450 kilometres of roads.

3. Priority axes

The Programme is structured according to the following priority axes:

Priority 1: Business Development [approximately 18.0% of total funding]

The Świętokrzyskie Operational Programme covers co-financing for projects aimed at the development and extension of regional clusters, joint investments undertaken by groups of companies and increased use of IT and Advanced Control Technologies (ACT). The combination of investments and innovation should significantly improve cooperation among company management systems and boost their results. Support also targets projects aimed at establishing and developing industrial, scientific and technological parks, incubators and innovation centres.

Direct business support institutions will also receive a major boost, enabling them to provide new services to entrepreneurs, while specialised loan funds, guarantee funds and other similar instruments will result in indirect business support.

Priority 2: Supporting Innovation, Developing the Information Society and Increasing the Investment Potential of the Region [approximately 15.0% of total funding]

This priority aims to boost innovation in the regional economy. There will be a special focus on developing entrepreneurship and cooperation among research and development (R&D) institutions (e.g. universities and specialist healthcare centres) and businesses, resulting in increased modern technology transfers and a better skill base. Funds will also look to build, modernise and equip laboratories specialised in providing services to companies and certain research projects focused on areas of key importance for the Świętokrzyskie district.

Financing will also support promotional activities, media campaigns and exhibitions. Investment and tourist information systems, including investor services, as well as new industrial zones or extensions of existing zones, will also benefit under this priority.

Priority 3: Enhancing the Quality of the Regional Transport System [approximately 24.8% of total funding]

This priority will support activities designed to develop and modernise road network systems, in an effort to ensure quality improvements and cohesion with the national and European transport system. The priority especially targets major regional and local roads. Replacement of rail and road rolling stock used for passenger transport will contribute to increasing transport service quality and to reducing negative environmental impacts.

Priority 4: Development of the Environmental Protection and Energy Infrastructure [approximately 14.0% of total funding]

There are still many towns and villages in the region without access to a water supply system. Some sewage systems also run the risk of contaminating the environment. The focus will therefore be on developing and modernising the sewage system and water supply infrastructures. Waste separation facilities and incineration plants will also be built and modernised, while old landfills will be rehabilitated and illegal waste dumps removed. The modernisation or development of new energy resources and the upgrading of public utility facilities will result in better energy efficiency and heating. Flood control measures include modernising embankments and water reservoirs and adjusting water courses.

Priority 5: Improved Quality of Social Infrastructure and Investment in Cultural Heritage, Sport and Tourism [approximately 15.0% of total funding]

Świętokrzyskie ranks last in Poland in terms of the number of full-time students, as many young people migrate to other regions. Investments in education facilities (mainly in projects targeting the social base of academic facilities) will complement other similar programme investments. In smaller cities, support will be aimed at constructing, developing, modernising and equipping education centres.

Healthcare facilities will benefit from modern medical equipment, while regional and local cultural institutions will see funding for modern equipment and upgrading where necessary. Other investment support will target the development of cultural heritage assets and public infrastructure for tourism (e.g. accommodation and catering, rest and leisure facilities, cycle and hiking trails, etc).

Priority 6: Development of Cities and Revitalisation of Small Towns [approximately 10.2% of total funding]

The region has a wealth of tourism and cultural assets, which can play an important role in promoting sustainable economic development. However, large areas of Świętokrzyskie are threatened by permanent marginalisation and exclusion, stemming from long-term unemployment and poverty, as well as the emigration of a qualified labour force. Small towns with limited investment capacity are most notably affected.

This priority is designed to implement complex projects aimed at regenerating neglected parts of the city of Kielce and different districts. The projects will cover tourism and transport infrastructure, cultural heritage, improving public spaces and enhancing exhibition infrastructures.

Priority 7: Technical Assistance [approximately 3.0% of total funding]

This priority will support project development and implementation processes as well as the management and implementation process, publicity and information.

4. Managing Authority

Council of the Świętokrzyskie voivodship
Marshal's Office of the Świętokrzyskie voivodship
Al. IX Wieków Kielc 3
PL-25-516 Kielce
Marshal
Adam, Jarubas
Tel.: +4841 342 15 49
Fax.: +4841 344 52 65
E-mail.: marszalek@sejmik.kielce.pl

Financial and Technical information

Title : Operational Programme 'Świętokrzyskie'

Intervention Type : Operational Programme

CCI no : 2007PL161PO018

Number of decision : C/2007/6888

Final approval date : 2007-12-19

Breakdown of finances by priority axis
Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Business Development 130 645 308 23 055 056 153 700 364
Supporting Innovation, Developing the Information Society and Increasing the Investment Potential of the Region 108 871 090 19 212 545 128 083 635
Enhancing the Quality of the Regional Transport System 180 026 034 31 769 300 211 795 334
Development of the Environmental Protection and Energy Infrastructure 101 096 872 17 840 624 118 937 496
Improved Quality of Social Infrastructure and Investment in Cultural Heritage, Sport and Tourism 108 871 090 19 212 545 128 083 635
Development of Cities and Revitalisation of Small Towns 74 522 654 13 151 057 87 673 711
Technical Assistance 21 774 218 3 842 509 25 616 727
Total 725 807 266 128 083 636 853 890 902
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