Operational Programme 'Central Transdanubia'

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


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On 30 July 2007, the European Commission approved a Regional Operational Programme for the region of Central Transdanubia in Hungary for the 2007-13 period. The Operational Programme falls within the Convergence Objective framework and has a total budget of around €598 million. Community assistance through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €508 million, which represents approximately 2.0% of the total EU money invested in Hungary under Cohesion Policy 2007-13.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

Due to its strategic position between the western national border and the capital of Hungary, the region has a well-developed industrial base. The economic performance (GDP per capita) reached 52% of the EU-25 in the years 2000-2002 (3rd highest of the Hungarian regions). In order to reach a more balanced economic structure, the tertiary sector needs to be strengthened. The R&D sector is significantly underdeveloped. Having nevertheless benefited by strong tourism development, the utilisation rate of the accommodation capacity (11.3% in 2004) is still rather low. The quality level of the public regional transport system suffers from few connections between the key towns of the regions.

In the context of sustainability, the region seeks to strengthen more innovative sectors. Specific objectives include:

  • creating an innovative and competitive economic environment
  • improving the touristic potential of the region
  • providing for sustainable development of the town network in the region
  • increasing regional cohesion through the development of environment and transport infrastructure
  • developing human infrastructure capabilities and capacities.

2. Expected impact of the investments

It is expected that the gross benefit produced by enterprises will reach €211.7 million by 2015, as well as an amount of induced investment of €37.6 million.

3. Priority axes

The “Central Transdanubia Operational Programme” is structured along the following priority axes:

Priority axis 1: Regional economic development [approximately 15.5% of total funding]

The objective of this priority axis is to reinforce the international competitiveness of the region through innovation-oriented economic development in conformity with the principle of sustainable development. The aim is to attract strategic working capital capable of producing added value and stimulating small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The main interventions foreseen include:

  • fostering networking and cooperation between businesses
  • supporting industrial parks
  • training
  • consultancy services.

Priority axis 2: Regional tourism development [approximately 22.7% of total funding]

The priority aims to improve the market position of the region as a tourist destination through a complex and integrated development of regional tourism. The main interventions include:

  • regional tourist attraction and products support
  • qualitative and quantitative touristic and recreational services development
  • clustering
  • integrated regional and local touristic institutions development
  • marketing services.

Priority axis 3: Sustainable settlement development [approximately 14.3% of total funding]

The objective of this priority is to support regional town networks through economic renewal. The foreseen interventions include:

  • revitalization of urban centres
  • rehabilitation of town districts experiencing or threatened by deterioration.

Priority axis 4: Development of local and regional environment and transport infrastructure [approximately 29.8% of total funding]

This priority axis aims to increase accessibility and creating more liveable rural environments. It seeks also to protect natural assets and public facilities along the Danube and Lake Balaton through measures that aim to reduce the risk of landslip. The main interventions include development of regional 4-5 digit roads, community transport, bicycle roads, wastewater management and water systems reconstruction.

Priority axis 5: Human infrastructure development [approximately 14% of total funding]

This priority axis aims to reduce territorial differences in terms of access to public services. The main interventions include support to kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, health infrastructure (prevention, rehabilitation, and geriatrics), social infrastructure and institutional development.

Priority axis 6: Technical assistance [approximately 3.6% of total funding]

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

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Operational Programme 'Central Transdanubia'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Economic development 78 727 575 13 893 101 92 620 676
Tourism 115 315 875 20 349 861 135 665 736
Settlement development 72 632 537 12 817 506 85 450 043
Environment and transport infrastructure 151 563 279 26 746 461 178 309 740
Human infrastructure 71 393 758 12 598 899 83 992 657
Technical assistance 18 286 812 3 227 085 21 513 897
Total 507 919 836 89 632 913 597 552 749