Operational Programme 'Poland - Slovakia'

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


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On 20 December 2007, the European Commission approved a Cross-border Cooperation Operational Programme between Poland and Slovakia for the period 2007-2013. The Programme involves providing Community support as part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for specific Polish and Slovakian regions that lie along their common border: Bielsko-Bialski, Nowosądecki and Krośnieńsko-Przemyski, Žilinský kraj and Prešovský kraj. The areas of Oświęcimski Powiat, Pszczyński Powiat, Rzeszowski Powiat and Rzeszów Powiat Grodzki in Poland may take part in projects as an adjacent area, i.e. receiving a maximum 20% of the ERDF funding allocated to the Programme.

The Operational Programme falls within the framework laid out for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective and has a total budget of around €185 million. Community assistance through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €157 million, which represents approximately 1.8% 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 Programme area is characterised by low socio-economic development and difficulties in the labour market. The major weakness in the region is the lack of good quality transportation and communication infrastructure, which hinders cross-border cooperation and networking. Diversity of the natural environment and cultural and historical heritage is an asset, however these features need to be preserved and maintained.

The global objective of the Programme is to use a partnership approach to intensify Polish-Slovak cooperation and support the sustainable development of the border region with improvements to cross-border infrastructure, support for socio-economic, environmental and cultural development, and implementation of micro projects based on people-to-people actions.

2. Expected impact of investments

The Programme is expected to enhance spatial integration and better accessibility in the border area and reduce the existing barriers in transportation, communication and environmental infrastructure. Through activities in the area of risk prevention, tourism and protection of cultural and natural heritage, the cross-border area should become more attractive for tourists and investors. There should also be an increase in partnership cooperation in areas such as labour market institutions, research centres, schools and other organisations. The following are examples of some of the expected impacts:

  • 70 000 people to benefit from new / modernised communication infrastructure;
  • 200 kilometres of new / modernised cross-border communication connections;
  • 25 initiatives that contribute to protecting biodiversity;
  • 350 tourist products;
  • 90 renovated historical objects.

3. Priorities

The Operational Programme is structured along the following priorities:

Priority 1: Development of Cross-border Infrastructure [approximately 43% of total funding]

This priority will focus mainly on improving cross-border infrastructure conditions oriented towards spatial integration, safety, better accessibility and attractiveness for inhabitants, investors and tourists.

Priority 2: Social and Economic Development [approximately 34% of total funding]

With this priority, the Programme authorities are looking to promote partnership cooperation for sustainable socio-economic, environmental and cultural development of the Polish – Slovak border region.

Priority 3: Supporting Local Initiatives (micro projects) [approximately 17% of total funding]

This priority aims to promote local initiatives and establish cross-border contacts through implementation of micro projects based on people-to-people actions.

Priority 4: Technical Assistance [approximately 6% of total funding]

Technical assistance will be provided for implementing the Programme. Financial support is also available and will cover administration, monitoring, evaluation and control.

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Operational Programme 'Poland - Slovakia'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Development of Cross-border Infrastructure 67 685 338 11 944 471 79 629 809
Social and Economic Development 53 518 639 9 444 466 62 963 105
Supporting Local Initiatives (micro projects) 26 759 320 4 722 233 31 481 553
Technical Assistance 9 444 466 1 666 670 11 111 136
Total 157 407 763 27 777 840 185 185 603