Operational Programme 'Enterprises and Innovations'

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


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The European Commission approved on 3 December 2007 the operational programme "Enterprise and Innovations". This programme involves Community support in the Czech regions except for Prague within the framework of the "Convergence" objective. The total budget of the programme is around EUR 3.6 billion and the Community investment through the ERDF amounts to EUR 3.04 billion (approximately 12 % of the total EU money invested in the Czech Republic under Cohesion policy 2007-2013).

1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment

In the future years, the economic and employment policies of the European Union should be oriented towards the amended Lisbon strategy. The Member States of the EU have been called on to execute the reforms to which they have been committed within the Lisbon process.

The operational programme "Enterprise and Innovations" is the main programming document for the realisation of the policy for economic and social cohesion in the industry sector and an important tool for the realisation of the strategy for the development of small and medium-sized enterprises for the period 2007-2013 in the Czech Republic.

2. The expected impact of the investment

The programme is expected to create around 40 000 new jobs. Gross domestic expenditures on Research and Development (R&D) in the business sector is expected to increase to 1.5 % of the GDP. The share of production in high-tech branches of manufacturing and high-tech branches of services of the business sector is expected to increase from current 7.5 % (in 2003) to 9.5 % of the GDP by 2015.

3. Priorities

The global objective of the operational programme Enterprise and Innovations is to increase by the end of the programming period the competitiveness of the Czech economy and bring the innovation performance of the industry and services sectors closer to the level of leading industrial EU member states. In the implementation of the operational programme, attention should be paid to ensure that the support provided goes primarily to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in line with the Community Strategic Guidelines.

Priority 1: Establishment of firms

The priority includes interventions focused on creating conditions for establishing new firms and on supporting innovative firms. Attention will be paid to accessibility of appropriate financial resources including new pro-innovation financial instruments to facilitate starting entrepreneurs’ access to capital and thus broadening the opportunities to financing their business plans and submitted projects. Only SMEs will be beneficiaries of aid.

Priority 2: Development of firms

Implementation of business development plans by competitive small and medium-sized enterprises which are prevented from obtaining external bank finance due to low levels of personal capital or due to their limited ability to provide a guarantee for a loan. Furthermore, the improvement of the technical equipment of firms by purchasing new modern technologies including information and communication technologies (ICT) will be supported.

Priority 3: Effective energy

Interventions aimed at stimulating the activity of entrepreneurs in reducing the energy intensiveness of the production processes, reducing the consumption of primary fossil fuels and at supporting new entrepreneurs in activities leading to a higher use of renewable and secondary sources of energy.

Priority 4: Innovation

Support technical innovations (innovation of products and processes) and non-technical innovations (organisational and marketing innovation) in enterprises including the development of their cooperation with research and development institutions and the development of internal capacities for R&D and related activities, in particular in SMEs in order to increase innovative activities and the number of enterprises that carry out their own research and development.

Priority 5: Environment for enterprise and innovation

Stimulation of an environment that will encourage the establishment and development of innovative companies. It aims at creation of necessary infrastructure for innovative new businesses through provision of business incubators, to extend and increase the quality of cooperation between enterprises, educational and research and development institutions to support and to accelerate innovative processes in firms.

Priority 6: Business development services

Development and delivery of quality consulting and information services for companies; this applies also to seeking new business opportunities and professional preparation for strengthening the position of the Czech industry in international trade. The support will also facilitate international marketing activities of small and medium-sized entrepreneurs and will stimulate the interest of the entrepreneurs in forms of collaboration to facilitate market access and negotiations with business partners.

Priority 7: Technical assistance

Finance activities that are aimed at the preparation of the Operational Programme, its management, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, publicity, and control.

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Operational Programme 'Enterprises and Innovations'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Establishment of firms 79 074 126 13 954 257 93 028 383
Development of firms 663 006 134 117 001 083 780 007 217
Effective energy 243 305 004 42 936 177 286 241 181
Innovation 680 155 247 120 027 397 800 182 644
Environment for enterprise and innovation 1 076 624 642 189 992 584 1 266 617 226
Business development services 209 546 434 36 978 783 246 525 217
Technical assistance 89 600 959 15 811 933 105 412 892
Total 3 041 312 546 536 702 214 3 578 014 760