Operational Programme 'Estonia - Latvia'
Programme under the European Territorial Cooperation Objective, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
On 21 December 2007, the European Commission approved a Cross-border Cooperation Programme between Estonia and Latvia for the period 2007-13. The Programme provides Community assistance from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the regions of Lääne-Eesti, Lõuna-Eesti, Kurzeme, Riga, Pieriga and Vidzeme along the Estonian-Latvian border. Other regions of both countries can take part in projects as adjacent areas, receiving a maximum 20% of the ERDF funding allocated to the Programme.
The Programme falls within the framework laid out for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective and has a total budget of around €51 million. Community funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €38 million, which represents approximately 0.4% of the total EU investment earmarked for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective under the Cohesion Policy 2007-13.
1. Aim and purpose of the programme
The aims of the Programme are to promote entrepreneurship, match the skills of the unemployed with those required in the labour market, and upgrade transport links across the region. The Programme also promotes sustainable development and economic competitiveness in the region covered, by taking an integrated and cross-border approach to economic, social and environmental development in ways that involve and benefit local people and communities.
2. Expected impact of investments
The investments made should result in better physical connectivity, enhanced joint management of public services and resources, higher numbers of business start-ups and tourism products, and more active local communities cooperating across the border. Business operators should benefit from increased capacity, while citizens from the region should benefit from increased knowledge through joint education and training activities.
The Operational Programme is structured along the following priorities:
Priority 1: Increased Cohesion of the Programme Area [approximately 43.0% of total funding]
This priority aims to ensure better physical cohesion and integration of the Programme area by reducing isolation and increasing internal and external connectivity. Support is also targeted at enhancing the joint management of public services and resources.
Priority 2: Higher Competitiveness of the Programme Area [approximately 36.2% of total funding]
This priority axis focuses on improving the environment for conducting business activities, with account taken of structural changes in the economy and the labour market. Support also targets business start-ups and development, help to increase the attractiveness of the Programme area and enhance employable skills and human resources.
Priority 3: Active, Sustainable and Integrated Communities [approximately 8.3% of total funding]
The focus here is on boosting the attractiveness of the Programme area, making it a valued living and working environment. Support is also targeted at improving the sustainability of the area by promoting the vitality of local communities and supporting cross-border social and cultural interactions through activities at grassroots level.
Priority 4: Technical Assistance [approximately 12.5% of total funding]
Technical assistance is provided for implementing the Programme. Financial support is also available to cover administration, monitoring, evaluation and control.
Financial and Technical information
Operational Programme 'Estonia - Latvia'
Intervention TypeOperational Programme
Number of decisionC/2007/6603
Final approval date21/12/2007
Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Increased Cohesion of the Programme Area||17 967 418||3 994 250||21 961 668|
|Higher Competitiveness of the Programme Area||14 373 934||4 107 291||18 481 225|
|Active, Sustainable and Integrated Communities||3 593 484||634 144||4 227 628|
|Technical Assistance||2 293 713||4 119 683||6 413 396|
|Total||38 228 549||12 855 368||51 083 917|