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Operational Programme 'Poland - Germany'

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

On 25 March 2008, the European Commission approved a Cross-border Cooperation Operational Programme between Poland (Lubuskie) and Germany (Brandenburg) for the period 2007-2013. The Programme involves providing Community support as part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the following regions along the Polish-German border:

- Gorzowski und Zielonogórski in Poland;

- Märkisch-Oderland, Oder-Spree, Spree-Neiße and die kreisfreie Städte Frankfurt (Oder) as well as Cottbus in Germany.

The Operational Programme falls within the framework laid out for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective and has a total budget of around €146 million. Community funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €125 million, which represents approximately 1.4% 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 overall objective of the Programme is to promote sustainable development and economic competitiveness of the German-Polish border region through an integrated, cross-border approach to economic and social development that involves and benefits local residents and their communities.

The Programme area is characterised by an undeveloped cross-border infrastructure, common spatial planning, per capita income differences between bordering regions and a willingness for mutual cooperation, which is a good basis for ongoing development.

2. Expected impact of investments

The Programme aims to support:

  • local infrastructure;
  • economic links and cooperation within the economy and the scientific community;
  • further developing of human resources;
  • cross-border cooperation; and
  • improving of the environmental situation.

3. Priorities

The Programme focuses on the following co-operation priorities:

Priority 1: Infrastructure support and improvement of the environmental situation [approximately 57.6% of total funding]

The aim of this priority is to improve:

  • local infrastructure
  • the environmental situation;
  • culture heritage;
  • natural disaster prevention; and
  • regional development, regional planning and regional administration cooperation.

Priority 2: Support of economic links and cooperation within the scientific community [approximately 9.8 % of total funding]

The aim of this priority is to develop:

  • economic support;
  • local and regional marketing; and
  • network support and cooperation for Research and Development.

Priority 3: Support of further development of human resources and cross-border cooperation [approximately 28.4 % of total funding]

The aim of this priority is to develop:

  • support projects in a field of education and labour;
  • small project funds.

Priority axis 4: Technical Assistance [approximately 4.19 % of total funding]

This priority aims to help the participating countries to implement the Programme as effectively as possible.

4. Managing Authority

Ministry of Regional Development
Territorial Cooperation Department
ul. Wspólna 2/4
PL-00-926 Warsaw
Tel.: + 48 22 501 51 05
Fax.: + 48 22 501 51 56
Jarosław, Sopel
Tel.: +48 22 33 03 184
Fax.: +48 68 45 65 294
E-mail.: Jaroslaw.Sopel@mrr.gov.pl
Web: Ministry of Regional Development

Financial and Technical information

Title : Operational Programme 'Poland - Germany'

Intervention Type : Operational Programme

CCI no : 2007CB163PO011

Number of decision : C/2008/1047

Final approval date : 2008-03-25

Breakdown of finances by priority axis
Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Infrastructure support and improvement of the environmental situation 71 739 587 12 117 401 83 856 988
Support of economic links and cooperation within the scientific community 12 150 033 1 967 905 14 117 938
Support of further development of human resources and cross-border cooperation 35 390 770 5 752 877 41 143 647
Technical Assistance 5 219 917 921 164 6 141 081
Total 124 500 307 20 759 347 145 259 654
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