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The Competitive Central Hungary OP (CCHOP) is the follow-up of the Central Hungarian ROP for the programming period 2014-2020. CCHOP seeks to answer the challenge of enhancing the development and the competitiveness of a relatively developed region that features large internal disparities. Though CH’s economic and innovation potential is outstanding in comparison with other Hungarian regions, there are a large number of peripheral, lagging and poorly accessible sub-regions and settlements within the region. The performance indicators of these sub-regions are similar to those of Hungary's least developed regions.
The budget allocated to CCHOP amounts to 3.9% of total funding available from Structural Funds over the period 2014-2020. The main priorities are: 1) improvement of enterprises' competitiveness; 2) R&D and technological innovation; 3) development of ICT; 4) development of tourism and protection of nature; 5) development of energy efficiency and enhanced use of renewable energy resources; 6) settlement development and public services; 7) social inclusion and human development; 8) increase of employment; 9) development of public administration. The OP does not explicitly specify any industries or technologies to be targeted.
The first, second and third priorities are the ones that encompass mostly regional innovation specific objectives. The related policy measures include enhancement of SMEs' innovation activities, strengthening of CH's knowledge base, support to SMEs' investment in technology upgrading and to SMEs' innovation collaboration, support to start-up formation, and fostering innovation stakeholders' improved access to financing. Special emphasis is laid on the support of ICT firms' competitiveness through promotion of industry-university collaboration, support to ICT-oriented education and training and development of ICT-infrastructure.