Operational Programme 'Prague'

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

Czech Republic

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On 21 December 2007, the European Commission approved a Regional Operational Programme for the region of Prague in the Czech Republic entitled "Prague Competitiveness" for the period 2007-2013. The Operational Programme falls within the framework laid out for the Regional Competitiveness and Employment Objective and has a total budget of around €276 million. Community assistance through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €235 million, which represents approximately 0.9% of the total EU investment earmarked for the Czech Republic under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.

1. Aim and purpose of the programme

The main purpose of the Operational Programme is to increase the competitiveness of Prague as a dynamic capital by removing development barriers and weaknesses in the region, improving the quality of the city environment, improving access to transportation and telecommunications services, and developing the city’s innovation potential. This objective will be achieved in close coordination with the actions implemented by other Operational Programmes at the national level.

2. The expected impact of the investment

The programme will ensure an increase in the number of households connected to a high-speed internet by 10% and the construction of 2 km of new tram lines and 2,5 km of new cycle paths. Thanks to improved transport accessibility, time savings will be around 20%. As a result of implementation of the supported projects in the environmental area, energy savings are anticipated at the level of 25%.

3. Priorities

The main objective of the Operational Programme is to facilitate Prague's development and upgrade its competitiveness through more efficient exploitation of its potential in transport infrastructure, IT, environment and innovation. The objective will be met namely by:

  • improving the quality of life of Prague’s residents (1);
  • improving the attractiveness of Prague for investors and visitors (2);
  • improving and modernising transport infrastructure (3);
  • developing other attributes related to the satisfaction of Prague’s residents and visitors (4).

The Operational Programme is structured according to the following priorities:

Priority 1: Transport Accessibility and ICT Development [approximately 37.2% of total funding]

This priority will fulfil the programme’s first and second specific objectives by improving accessibility of transportation and improving telecommunications services. At the same time, the priority places emphasis on linking the mutual effects of individual activities of this priority with the entire Operational Programme.

Priority 2: Environment [approximately 25.0% of total funding]

The main objective of this priority is to improve the quality of the environment and the general quality of life in Prague. This objective will be met through two intervention areas:

  • revitalisation and protection;
  • economic and sustainable use of energies and natural resources.

Priority 3: Innovations and Enterprise [approximately 35.0% of total funding]

Emphasis in this priority will be put on improvement of Prague’s competitiveness through the development and effective use of its innovation potential. The fulfilment of this objective will strengthen the region’s role as a pole of development and economic centre of the Czech Republic.

Priority 4: Technical Assistance [approximately 2.8% of total funding]

Technical assistance is designated for and will be used to ensure responsible management, administration, maximum effectiveness and quality of implementation of the Operational Programme. Within the framework of this priority, methods using information technology and modern management procedures will be applied.

Financial and Technical information

Operational Programme 'Prague'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

CCI no

2007CZ162PO001

Number of decision

C/2007/6884

Final approval date

21/12/2007

Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Transport Accessibility and ICT Developmen 87 364 263 15 417 223 102 781 486
Environment 58 734 001 10 364 824 69 098 825
Innovations and Enterprise 82 227 602 14 510 753 96 738 355
Technical Assistance 6 610 139 1 166 495 7 776 634
Total 234 936 005 41 459 295 276 395 300