Operational Programme 'North-East'

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

Czech Republic

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The European Commission approved on 3 December 2007 a regional operational programme in the Czech Republic for the period 2007-2013, entitled the Regional Operational Programme "Northeast". This programme involves a Community support for this region within the framework of the "Convergence" objective. The total budget of the programme is around EUR 772 million and the Community investment through the ERDF amounts to EUR 656 million.

1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment

The overall objective consists in supporting the economic, social, territorially balanced and sustainable development of the Northeast region, according to its specific needs and resources, focusing on transport infrastructure, urban and rural development, entrepreneurship and tourism. This objective will be achieved in close coordination with the actions implemented by other operational programmes at the national level.

2. The expected impact of the investment

The programme will ensure 30 km of new roads to be constructed and 120 km to be renovated. 20 km of new cycle-path will be built. Almost 300 projects in tourism will be carried out and around 35 ha of surface areas will be revitalized and regenerated. The programme will also significantly contribute to the attractiveness increase of towns in the region.

3. Priorities

The main priority of the programme is to improve the attractiveness of the region for investors, businesses and inhabitants. Increased attractiveness of the region will move towards the average socio-economic level of the EU. The programme is structured according to the following priorities:

Priority 1: Development of transport Infrastructure

The aim of the priority is to improve regional road and air transport infrastructure, particularly its backbone network, including the infrastructure of international public airports, and to improve transport serviceability across the region, in agreement with environmental protection respecting the principles of sustainability.

Priority 2: Development of urban and rural Areas

This priority focuses on reducing regional differences between the urban and rural areas of the Northeast region, particularly in the fields of the quality of life, human resources, civic infrastructure, and sustainability. It is based on a real need for supporting the development of urban and rural areas leading to their increased economic performance and competitive strength, to their mutual cooperation and cohesion, and to increased standards and attractiveness of living while respecting the principles of sustainability.

Priority 3: Tourism

The priority focuses on increasing the share of tourism in the region’s economic prosperity and rate of employment by using the region’s existing potential and improving the quality and scope of tourism infrastructure and services, while respecting the principles of sustainability. Area of tourism is conceived as an important instrument for the development of prosperity across the cohesion region. The proposed intervention fields have been elaborated into a number of measures focusing on the development of tourism infrastructure and services with an impact on job creation.

Priority 4: Development of the entrepreneurial environment

The target of this priority is based on specific targets and focuses in particular on entrepreneurial infrastructure and support for the cooperation between businesses and education institutions as the necessary conditions of development and compatibility of the whole region.

Priority 5: Technical assistance

A provision for technical assistance is also foreseen in order to implement the programme. Financial support is available covering administration, monitoring and control.

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Operational Programme 'North-East'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Development of Transport Infrastructure 242 889 314 42 862 819 285 752 133
Development of Urban and Rural Areas 223 195 587 39 387 457 262 583 044
Tourism 144 420 673 25 486 004 169 906 677
Development of Entrepreneurial Environment 26 258 304 4 633 819 30 892 123
Technical Assistance 19 693 728 3 475 364 23 169 092
Total 656 457 606 115 845 463 772 303 069