Operational Programme 'Technical Assistance'

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

Poland

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On 25 July 2007, the European Commission approved the “Technical Assistance” Operational Programme for 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 €607 million. Community investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €516 million, which represents approximately 0.8% of the total EU investment earmarked for Poland under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.

1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment

The Technical Assistance Operational Programme describes in detail the main areas in which the Polish authorities are going to allocate EU funding of €517 million that they will receive over seven years. The main aim is to:

  • foster the administrative capacity;
  • provide the training of staff involved in Structural Funds implementation;
  • put in place well functioning monitoring and evaluation systems; and
  • foster information, communication and promotional activities related to the Polish National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF).

Although it is the smallest of all Polish Operational Programmes, the Programme will play an important role, since it should, inter alia, contribute toward strengthening administrative capacity and put in place proper information and monitoring systems. The programme will thus pave the way for the successful implementation of Structural Funds in Poland. The strategic goal of the Programme is to ensure efficient and effective implementation of the NSRF in the years 2007–13.

2. The expected impact of the investment

At the national level the Technical Assistance Operational Programme will ensure support for management, monitoring, evaluation and control of the NSRF. As the Programme is of horizontal nature its priorities and measures it will focus on improving its operation and ensuring consistency. It will provide additional support for efficient implementation of the Structural funding.

3. Priority axes

The specific objectives of the Programme include the following measures:

  • Ensuring efficient implementation of the NSRF and supporting the preparation of future structural interventions; and
  • Effective dissemination of information and publicizing of the NSRF and ensuring appropriate flow and exchange of information among the participants of the NSRF implementation process.

The Programme is structured according to the following priorities:

Priority axis 1: Support of human resources [approximately 69.1% of total funding]

Highly qualified staff is crucial for efficient management and implementation of Structural fund assistance. Qualified and efficient staff should ensure the preparation, management, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, control, information and publicity of the NSRF, thus contributing to the efficiency and stability of the structural funds implementation system.

The goal of the priority will be achieved by delivering the following three direct objectives:

  • ensuring the necessary human resources;
  • ensuring stable and lasting employment of the staff responsible for supporting the operation of structural instruments; and
  • ensuring on-going improvement of the qualifications of persons involved in the implementation of structural instruments – taking particular account of the skills necessary for using the national computer systems supporting the implementation of the NSRF.

Priority axis 2: IT support in the NSRF implementation [approximately 3.6% of total funding]

This priority should ensure the functioning of IT systems supporting the implementation of the NSRF. This should contribute to the efficient implementation of the NSRF and achieve a high absorption level of funds. The information systems should provide the support of processes related to management, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and control of the NSRF.

Within the framework of this priority, modern IT, computer, telecommunications and audiovisual equipment for horizontal institutions responsible for implementing structural instruments will be purchased; the actions will also comprise the training of employees of horizontal institutions taking part in the implementation of the NSRF.

Priority axis 3: Support of the structural funds operations implementation [approximately 14.5% of total funding]

The goal of the priority is to:

  • create an efficient system for the management, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and control of the NSRF;
  • ensure a smooth transition between successive programming periods; and
  • support activities related to delivery of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective.

This measure should be achieved through support of preparation, management, implementation, monitoring, informing, evaluation and control of structural assistance implemented in the framework of the NSRF. Furthermore, this priority stipulates the activities related to closure of assistance for the Community Support Framework (CSF) 2004-06 and preparation of Structural fund operations in Poland in the programming period after 2013.

Another important element of this priority is the evaluation of Structural Funds actions as well as coordination of Community Cohesion Policy with other national, sectoral and regional policies.

Finally, the activities aimed at the exchange of good practice should be supported as well (e.g. participation in actions related to the territorial dimension of Cohesion Policy, including its urban aspect or supporting Poland’s participation in interregional cooperation programmes).

Priority axis 4: Communication and promotion [approximately 12.8% of total funding]

The aim is to create the demand for resources from EU funds in Poland and to ensure effective exchange of information and experience between the actors of the NSRF in Poland. The priority should contribute to the dissemination of knowledge on the NSRF, building competences in obtaining funds for stimulating development activities and raising social awareness of the benefits of Structural Funds implementation.

Another important area of intervention is the preparation of the system for the exchange of experience between participants in the programming, implementation and information process related to Structural funding.

Financial and Technical information

Operational Programme 'Technical Assistance'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

CCI no

2007PL161PO004

Number of decision

C/2007/3693

Final approval date

25/07/2007

Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Support of human resources 357 000 000 63 000 000 420 000 000
IT support in the NSRF implementation 18 700 000 3 300 000 22 000 000
Support of the Structural Funds operations implementation 74 800 000 13 200 000 88 000 000
Communication and promotion 66 200 000 11 682 353 77 882 353
Total 516 700 000 91 182 353 607 882 353