Operational Programme 'North Great Plain'

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


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On 1 August 2007, the European Commission approved a Regional Operational Programme for the Hungarian North Great Plain region for the 2007-2013 period. The Operational Programme falls within the Convergence objective framework and has a total budget of around €1.1 billion. Community assistance through the ERDF amounts to around €975 million, which represents approximately 3.9% of the total EU investment earmarked for Hungary under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

The North Great Plain region economic performance ranks low; as the GDP per capita of the region is only 39.4% of the EU-25 average in 2004; and just 65.5% of the Hungarian average. The 15-74 age group activity rate was 44.7% in 2005, while the EU-25 average was 51.3% the same year. The health of the population is poor as demonstrated by the high mortality and morbidity rates. The region also lags in the area of ICT (Information and Communication Technology).

The overall objective of the Programme is two-fold: (1) to increase regional competitiveness; and (2) to reduce territorial imbalances attributed to national, social heritage and characteristics of the North Great Plain region.

The specific objectives of the Programme are:

  • strengthening the region's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) sector
  • improving the income-generating capacity of tourism
  • improving the population's mobility
  • developing human resources
  • improving the conditions in built-up areas and the environment.

As the Sectoral Operational Programmes and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development are expected to finance significant investments in the region, the Programme will partially address the North Great Plain region’s socio-economic development needs.

2. Expected impact of the investments

The Programme’s overall objectives include simultaneously increasing the region’s per capita GDP by 39% and creating 1500 new jobs by 2015 (while utilizing 2004 measurements as a baseline).

3. Priority axes

The North Great Plain Operational Programme is structured along the following priority axes:

Priority axis 1: Regional economic development [approximately 14.4% of total funding]

The priority aims to:

  • establishing a favourable infrastructural environment
  • promoting regional co-operation
  • improving the availability of information for and innovation potential of economic actors.

The main activities include:

  • infrastructural development of the regional business environment
  • support to clusters, corporate co-operations, supplier networks, development of research centres, bridging institutes and technology transfer institutes.

Priority axis 2: Tourism development [approximately 18.0% of total funding]

The priority aims to extend the tourist season and increase tourist destinations. The main activities include the development of tourism products and attractions, (including thermal and medicinal centres, cultural, historical monuments), support to commercial accommodations as well as the development of destination management.

Priority axis 3: Improving transport conditions [approximately 17.4% of total funding]

The objective is to improve access to regional centres, industrial sites and public services as well as to put an end to the reduction of the proportion of communal transport within public transport. The activities to be supported include:

  • infrastructural development of regional and local roads
  • transport associations establishment
  • communal transport services quality improvement, including passenger information and reservation systems.

Priority axis 4: Development of human infrastructure [approximately 20.6% of total funding]

The priority aims to improve regional public services quality. The priority anticipates primary and secondary education infrastructural development, primary care health infrastructure development, outpatient care and rehabilitation as well as improving accessibility for disabled people to local government institutions.

Priority axis 5: Urban and regional development [approximately 25.8% of total funding]

The objective is to improve the quality of developed areas and to protect the natural environment as well as to strengthen the role of non-governmental organisations. The main activities are in the field of:

  • urban development, including integrated action-based rehabilitation
  • nature and environmental protection development
  • co-operation programs between NGOs and local governments.

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.

Financial and Technical information

Operational Programme 'North Great Plain'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

CCI no


Number of decision

C/2007/3786 final

Final approval date


Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Regional economic development 140 242 688 24 748 710 164 991 398
Tourism development 177 183 290 31 267 639 208 450 929
Transport 169 945 563 29 990 394 199 935 957
Human infrastructure 200 776 395 35 431 129 236 207 524
Urban and regional development 251 816 463 44 438 199 296 254 662
Technical assistance 35 105 787 6 195 139 41 300 926
Total 975 070 186 172 071 210 1 147 141 396