Operational Programme 'Transport'
Programme co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund under the Convergence Objective
On 10 December 2007, the European Commission approved the Operational Programme “Transport” for the Czech Republic under the Convergence Objective for the period 2007-13. The total budget of the Programme is around €6.8 billion and includes Community assistance through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund of some €5.8 billion, which represents approximately 21.7% 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 Transport Programme aims to improve accessibility by focusing on constructing and upgrading the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) network, introducing modern management methods and setting up advanced transport technologies.
The completion of the backbone network will enhance the overall transport networks and improve accessibility for the individual regions and their connections. Improving the transport networks, building additional facilities, reducing their environmental impact (e.g. noise barriers) and improving transport quality for users will facilitate the development of transport connections among and within regions, thereby contributing to worker mobility and employment, improved competitiveness and increased quality of life for citizens.
The Programme is fully aligned with the Lisbon Agenda for growth and jobs objectives and the Community Strategic Guidelines on economic, social and territorial cohesion.
2. Expected impact of investments
The following are some of the key expected impacts resulting from the Transport Programme:
- 40% reduction in the number of traffic accidents in areas covered by the Programme;
- 16% reduction in the level of exposure of inhabitants to air pollution;
- passenger and freight transport activities increased by 20% and 10% respectively.
The Transport Programme is structured along the following priority axes:
Priority 1: Upgrading and Development of the TEN-T Railway Network [approximately 37.9% of total funding]
Support under this priority will focus on railway network sections as listed in European Parliament and Council Decision No. 884/2004/EC. The upgrading and development of other railway lines in the TEN-T network will also be supported, in addition to work on railway junctions and the interoperability of railway infrastructures and their vehicles.
Priority 2: Construction and Upgrading of Motorways and Roads in the TEN-T Network [approximately 27.9% of total funding]
This priority is focused on constructing new sections of the motorway and road network, replacing outdated sections of the TEN-T road network, and improving parameters of existing segments of motorways and roads in the TEN-T network. Furthermore, support will be given to upgrading and developing motorways and expressways administered by the Czech Road and Motorway Directorate of the Ministry of Transport.
Priority 3: Upgrading Railway Networks outside of the TEN-T Network [approximately 6.9% of total funding]
This priority aims to upgrade and construct railway lines outside of the TEN-T network. Cleaner transport and high quality major international and national railway lines connecting to TEN-T is also a priority area for the railway transport sector.
Priority 4: Improving Transport on Class I Roads outside of the TEN-T Network [approximately 18.2% of total funding]
Apart from the TEN-T road network, inter-regional road connections represent a significant part of the transport system. There are still many problems on Class I roads, with new roads continually being built and bringing increased levels of traffic. Therefore, in addition to improving the parameters of the existing sections, attention will be paid to building ring roads around towns and villages in places where this is deemed worthwhile.
Priority 5: Upgrading and Development of the Prague Underground and Systems for Managing Road Transport in the City of Prague [approximately 5.7% of total funding]
This priority will focus on increasing the competitiveness of mass urban transport, with the aim of retaining an ideal balance between individual and mass urban transport, thereby mitigating the negative environmental impact of transport in the City of Prague. The construction of a system for managing and regulating urban road traffic is expected to be carried out as a way of optimising the throughput of junctions on the city’s main road network. The construction of new Underground sections also falls under this priority.
Priority 6: Support of Multimodal Freight Transport and Development of Inland Waterway Transport [approximately 2.0% of total funding]
This priority will focus on two areas: firstly, supporting multimodal transport systems, including combined transhipment stations; and secondly, developing and upgrading inland waterways. In the area of water transport, the aims are to finish constructing the inland waterways, enable navigation on the currently non-navigable stretches and improve parameters of the waterways already in use, mostly in the TEN-T network.
Priority 7: Technical Assistance [approximately 1.4% of total funding]
The priority will focus on supporting and ensuring implementation of the Operational Programme.
Financial and Technical information
Operational Programme 'Transport'
Intervention TypeOperational Programme
Number of decisionC/2007/6367
Final approval date10/12/2007
Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Upgrading and Development of the TEN-T Railway Network||2 190 331 352||386 529 062||2 576 860 414|
|Construction and Upgrading of Motorways and Roads in the TEN-T Network||1 607 696 540||283 711 155||1 891 407 695|
|Upgrading Railway Networks outside of the TEN-T Network||393 547 402||69 449 542||462 996 944|
|Improving Transport on Class I Roads outside of the TEN-T Network||1 051 016 928||185 473 576||1 236 490 504|
|Upgrading and Development of the Prague Underground and Systems for Managing Road Transport in the City of Prague||330 076 926||58 248 869||388 325 795|
|Support of Multimodal Freight Transport and Development of Inland Waterway Transport||119 426 722||21 075 304||140 502 026|
|Technical Assistance||81 985 333||14 468 000||96 453 333|
|Total||5 774 081 203||1 018 955 508||6 793 036 711|