Operational Programme 'Lubuskie'

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

Poland

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On 1 October 2007, the European Commission approved a Regional Operational Programme for the region of Lubuskie in Poland for the period 2007-13. The Operational Programme falls within the framework laid out for the Convergence Objective and has a total budget of around €589 million. Community assistance through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to about €439 million, approximately 0.7% of the total EU investment earmarked for Poland under Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.

1. Aim and purpose of the programme

The Lubuskie Regional Operational Programme for 2007-2013 is the region’s first ever large-scale, coordinated, multi-annual set of measures to encourage development.

The main goal of the Lubuskie Regional Operational Programme is to create opportunities to increase the competitiveness of the region and prevent the exclusion of certain areas (including rural areas). The Operational Programme will become the region’s most important instrument for effecting structural changes and enhancing regional cohesion.

The programme will also be an important tool for achieving the objectives laid down in the revised Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs, as it allocates some €164 million to this end, almost 28% of the total budget.

2. Expected impact of investments

According to a macroeconomic modelling projection, the programme is expected to deliver an additional Gross Domestic Project (GDP) of 3.7% and over 3 220 new jobs. About 400 projects linked to direct investment aid for small and medium sized enterprises (SME) will be financed under the programme. An additional 10 000 people will receive access to broadband internet.

3. Priorities

Specific objectives of the Lubuskie Regional Operational Programme include:

  • enhanced regional competitiveness;
  • economic development;
  • maintenance of high ecological standards;
  • better, safer living conditions;
  • development of tourism and cultural infrastructure.

Priority 1: Development of infrastructure to enhance competitiveness of the region [33.4% of total funding]

Reduction of infrastructural barriers hampering regional economic development, improving accessibility to the region and its attractiveness to potential investors. Development of transport infrastructure, creation of economic activity areas, development of the information society.

Expansion and upgrading of road transport infrastructure will result in higher profitability for investments in Lubuskie, increase the number of attractive areas for investment and boost public transport. The development of road connections between existing and planned sections of the motorway in Lubuskie will serve to implement Community guidelines concerning the development of trans-European transport networks (TEN-T).

Priority 2: Stimulating investment growth in enterprises and strengthening innovation potential [22.8% of total funding]

Creating strong and stable small and medium sized enterprises (SME) through direct and indirect support measures, e.g investment grants, improved accessibility to capital (via financial instruments offered by business support institutions), facilitating the transfer of innovative and state-of-the-art solutions from the academic to the business sphere. Entrepreneurs will be encouraged to use environmentally-friendly processes and products. These activities will contribute to removing barriers which currently hamper the development of Lubuskie’s business sector and will trigger changes to generate higher value-added.

Priority 3: Protection and management of the resources of the natural environment [15.9% of total funding]

Water and waste water management, production of environmentally friendly energy, the upgrading of heat distribution networks and waste management. These activities should reduce the adverse impact of human activity on the environment. Interventions in the renewable energy sector will improve power supply security and streamline energy efficiency.

Priority 4: Development and modernisation of social infrastructure/facilities [16.7% of total funding]

Raise standards of living for Lubuskie’s inhabitants, foster businesses potential. Activities will focus on:

  • reviving deprived areas, including those with residential developments;
  • providing villages and rural towns with basic facilities such as healthcare (both establishments and improved access), education and childcare facilities.

Priority 5: Development and modernisation of tourism and culture infrastructure [8.1% of total funding]

Enhance the competitiveness of regional tourism, maintain cultural heritage sites. Boost tourism and culture as a factor in stimulating economic and social development. This will enhance the region’s attractiveness on both the domestic and international markets.

Priority axis 6: Technical assistance [3.0% of total funding]

Technical assistance will be used to implement the programme. It covers administration, monitoring, evaluation and control.

Financial and Technical information

Operational Programme 'Lubuskie'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

CCI no

2007PL161PO008

Number of decision

C/2007/4572

Final approval date

01/10/2007

Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Development of infrastructure to enhance competitiveness of the region 146 863 974 25 917 172 172 781 146
Stimulating investment growth in enterprises and strengthening the potential for innovation 99 907 448 17 630 727 117 538 175
Protection and management of the environment’s natural resources 69 937 342 12 341 884 82 279 226
Développement et modernisation des infrastructures/établissements sociaux 73 543 153 12 978 204 86 521 357
Development and modernisation of infrastructures for tourism and culture 35 745 986 6 308 116 42 052 102
Technical assistance 13 175 193 2 325 035 15 500 228
Total 439 173 096 77 501 138 516 672 234