Operational Programme 'Poland - Germany'

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

Poland

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On 28 March 2008, the European Commission approved a Cross-border Cooperation Operational Programme between Poland and Germany 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:

- Zachodniopomorskie in Poland;

- Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg in Germany.

The Operational Programme will provide Community support to ten NUTS III border areas, plus three NUTS III adjacent areas. This takes in about 15 000 km2 of German territory, which includes about one million people. On the Polish side, the Programme covers about 22 900 km2 and about 1.7 million people. The Programme falls within the framework laid out for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective and has a total budget of around €156 million. Community funding through the European Regional Development Fund amounts to some €133 million, which represents approximately 1.5% of the total EU investment earmarked for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective under the Cohesion Policy 2007-13.

1. Purpose and aim of the Programme

The Programme aims to contribute to the equal and balanced development of the cross-border area by strengthening links between citizens, businesses and institutions. A series of indicators will be used to evaluate the Programme’s impact and its effect on the population. They will also be able to measure how effective the Programme has been in developing cooperative activities, and gauge how well cooperative projects have been managed.

2. Expected impact of the investment

Previous structural Programmes helped to generate cooperation between partners from both countries. This should continue as the focus shifts to developing even more effective approaches to territorial integration. Programme interventions should also provide better cooperation and joint management of infrastructure, equipment and services.

3. Priorities

The Programme is structured around the following priorities:

Priority 1: Promotion of infrastructure for cross-border cooperation and environmental action [approximately 42.0% of total funding]

Cross-border transport infrastructure (including road, rail, waterway and maritime modes) must be improved. The missing North-South link “OST-Westsowie” will be a key Programme focus, as will the need to develop cross-border residential and tourist areas.

The needs of local people and the economy must be taken into account when developing cross-border technical and tourist infrastructure. Projects in this area will comply with European and national requirements that are contained in the “Natura 2000” Programme. This border region also has special ecological significance, therefore protection and preservation of the landscape will be given top priority.

Priority 2: Promotion of cross-border economic ties and strengthening cooperation between industry and science [approximately 22.6% of total funding]

Starting from a very low level, cross-border economic relations have developed significantly in recent years. However, cooperation must be developed further: this should happen through development of cross-border networks which could work closely with the region’s research and education communities. Such activity will boost innovation and help create new jobs and products. The Programme will give special priority to developing cross-border offers and marketing strategies.

Priority 3: Cross-border development of human resources and support for cross-border cooperation in areas such as health, culture and education [approximately 29.7% of total funding]

The local economy needs more skilled workers – this issue is likely to play a key role in the future development of the Programme area. Cross-border cooperation between schools and universities must be strengthened. In addition, new approaches must be implemented to improve vocational education.

Work must continue to break down language barriers and promote cultural understanding. Meetings and other activities, which include people from both sides of the border, have proved particularly successful. The Programme will therefore continue promote cultural and social exchanges between different social groups and age ranges.

Priority 4: Technical assistance [approximately 5.7% of total funding]

Technical assistance will be provided to help implement the Programme. Financial support is available to cover administration, monitoring, evaluation and control.

Financial and Technical information

Operational Programme 'Poland - Germany'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

CCI no

2007CB163PO019

Number of decision

C/2008/1085

Final approval date

28/08/2008

Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Promotion infrastructure for cross-border cooperation and environmental action 55 381 094 9 478 143 64 859 237
Promotion of cross-border economic ties and strengthening cooperation between industry and science 29 951 364 5 285 535 35 236 899
Cross-border development of human resources and support for cross-border cooperation in areas such as health, culture and education 39 511 452 6 972 612 46 484 064
Technical Assistance 7 968 760 1 406 255 9 375 015
Total 132 812 670 23 142 545 155 955 215