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Operational Programme 'Western Slovakia, Central Slovakia and Eastern Slovakia'

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

 

On 26 September 2007, the European Commission approved a Regional Operational Programme for the Slovakian regions of Western Slovakia, Central Slovakia and Eastern Slovakia for the period 2007-13 (only the regions in red on the map). The Operational Programme falls within the Convergence Objective framework and has a total budget of around €1.8 billion. Community investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €1.55 billion, which represents approximately 13.3% of the total EU investment earmarked for Slovakia under Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.

 

1. Purpose and aim of the Programme

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The Regional Operational Programme aims to improve regional infrastructure, which is one of the most significant determinants of the population’s quality of life. Interventions in the context of the Programme seek to support civil infrastructure toward fulfilling current qualitative and quantitative requirements. Infrastructure is also one of the main determining factors for the competitiveness of the economy, the attractiveness for investments and establishing and building businesses. Specific measures will improve building energy efficiencies.

The global objective of the Operational Programme is to increase the availability and quality of the civil infrastructure in the three “Convergence” regions. These measures will address:

  • educational infrastructure
  • social infrastructure
  • cultural infrastructure including European Capital of Culture – Košice 2013
  • tourism infrastructure
  • regeneration of settlements
  • regional and local roads

2. Expected impact of the investments

The Programme will ensure the reconstruction and modernisation of civil infrastructure facilities. Infrastructure renewal efforts will also increase building energy performance levels. In addition, the Programme will support the investment projects of the European Capital of Culture – Košice 2013. In addition, interventions will ensure the regeneration of about 550 settlements and the reconstruction of approximately 1050 km of regional and local roads.

The Programme will increase the accessibility, number and quality of services provided by civil infrastructure facilities and will create new jobs.

 

3. Priorities

The principal objectives of the Regional Operational Programme are to:

  • increase the level of services provided in the field of education
  • increase the scope and level of services provided in the social field
  • strengthen the cultural potential of the regions and tourism development
  • strengthen the competitiveness of settlements
  • increase the quality and safety of public concourses
  • increase the level of transport serviceability of the regions.
  • strengthen the cultural potential and competitiveness of Eastern Slovakia in connection with the "European Capital of Culture - Košice 2013"

The following priorities represent the structure of the Regional Operational Programme "Western Slovakia, Central Slovakia and Eastern Slovakia":

Priority 1: Infrastructure of education [approximately 28.6% of total funding]

This priority interventions address reconstruction, expansion and modernisation of selected preschool facilities, primary schools and secondary schools. The aim of these interventions is to meet the requirements for modern quality and capacity standards for each type of facility.

Priority 2: Infrastructure of social services, social-legal protection and social guardianship [approximately 13.6% of total funding]

This priority interventions address strengthening, reconstructing, extending and modernising selected social service facilities, facilities for social/legal protection and facilities for social guardianship. The objective of these interventions is to meet the requirements for modern quality and capacity standards for each type of facility.

Priority 3: Strengthening the cultural potential of the regions and tourism infrastructure [approximately 9.6% of total funding]

This priority aims to strengthen cultural potential and the development of the tourism sector by supporting the following measures:

  • regional and local memory and heritage fund institutions (such as public galleries, libraries, museums)
  • revitalisation of unused or non-suitable cultural monuments
  • non-commercial, public tourism infrastructure
  • regional and local level tourism promotion
  • tourism partnership and clusters reinforcement.

Priority 4: Regeneration of settlements [approximately 32.9% of total funding]

The objective of this priority plans to address urban issues in about 20 urban areas either experiencing or threatened by physical deterioration and social exclusion by implementing targeted development strategies. These strategies include housing renovation. Other interventions under this priority address:

  • regenerating about 500 growth pole centres by improving their physical environment
  • regenerating about 50 municipalities with separated rural settlements in Roma in rural areas
  • supporting housing infrastructure
  • preparing and updating regional development documents
  • supporting non-commercial rescue services infrastructure.

Priority 5: Regional roads ensuring transport serviceability of the regions [approximately 10.4% of total funding]

The objective of this priority is to increase transport service levels by reconstruction, modernisation and in special cases also construction of new sections of second and third class regional roads, including reconstruction and development of transport sub-systems that ensure increasing the levels of transport, safety and environmental aspects.

Priority 6: Technical assistance [approximately 2.9% of total funding]

Technical assistance will ensure effective management and implementation of the Programme. Financial support covers activities for preparation, management, monitoring, evaluation and control of the Programme and information on the Programme, together with activities that reinforce the administrative capacity for implementing the Programme.

Priority 7: : European Capital of Culture – Košice 2013 [approximately 3.9% of total funding]

This priority aims to strengthen the cultural potential and competitiveness of Eastern Slovakia, especially of Košice City and its surroundings in connection with the implementation of the project European Capital of Culture - Košice 2013.

4. Managing Authority

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Prievozská 2/B
SK-825 25 Bratislava 26
Emil, Pícha
Tel.: + 421 2 5831 7473
Fax.: + 421 2 5831 7583
E-mail.: emil.picha@build.gov.sk

Financial and Technical information

Title : Operational Programme 'Western Slovakia, Central Slovakia and Eastern Slovakia'

Intervention Type : Operational Programme

CCI no : 2007SK161PO003

Number of decision : C/2007/4449 + C/2011/5362

Final approval date : 2007-09-24

Breakdown of finances by priority axis
Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Infrastructure of education 417 056 614 73 598 226 490 654 840
Infrastructure of social services, social-legal protection and social guardianship 211 298 916 37 288 044 248 586 960
Strengthening the cultural potential of the regions and infrastructure of tourism 149 142 432 26 319 253 175 461 685
Regeneration of settlements 510 558 824 90 098 616 600 657 440
Regional roads ensuring transport serviceability of the regions 161 218 641 28 450 349 189 668 990
Technical assistance 45 228 500 7 981 500 53 210 000
European Capital of Culture – Košice 2013 60 000 000 10 588 236 70 588 236
Total 1 554 503 927 274 324 224 1 828 828 151
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