Operational Programme 'Social Infrastructure'

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 Social Infrastructure Operational Programme for Hungary covering the period 2007-13. The Programme involves Community support for six regions of Hungary under the Convergence Objective, namely the Western Transdanubia, Central Transdanubia, South Transdanubia, North Hungary, North Great Plain and South Great Plain regions. The total budget of the Programme is approximately €2.1 billion and includes Community investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of some €1.78 billion (approximately 7.7% of the total EU money invested in Hungary under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13).

1. Aim and purpose of the programme

Human public services will benefit from support in an effort to provide the infrastructure required for increasing employment and improving service quality. The Programme also provides support for introducing structural reforms in the education, health, social and employment sectors, and contributes significantly to the revised Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs.

The overall goal of the Programme is to increase labour market participation. To achieve this, two specific objectives have been established: (i) reducing territorial disparities in terms of infrastructure for human services, at the same time improving access to them; and (ii) improving the efficiency of human public services and ensuring that the reforms are fully introduced.

2. Expected impact of investments

The following are some of the expected impacts stemming from the Programme’s investments:

  • activity rate of the working age population to increase from 62% (2006) to 65.7% (2013);
  • employment rate to increase from 57.3% (2006) to 61.1% (2013);
  • 35 000 classrooms to be equipped with modern ICT devices (definition: interactive table and corresponding workstation);
  • percentage of the population reachable by ambulance within 15 minutes to increase from 78.9% (2007) to 90% (2013);
  • social and child protection services able to support 9 000 people.

3. Priorities

The Programme is structured according to the following priorities:

Priority 1: Development of the Education Infrastructure [approximately 27.8% of total funding]

This priority aims to improve the infrastructure for skill-based education and lifelong learning. The activities provide support for developing infrastructure related to formal and non-formal education, including ICT development in schools, development of higher education institutions, non-formal learning spaces and multi-functional community centres.

Priority 2: Development of Infrastructure for the Health Care System [approximately 50.1% of total funding]

The objective under this priority is to extend healthy lifetimes by establishing a more efficient, better quality and regionally more balanced health care network. The main activities include support for IT developments in the health sector and the development of regional out-patient care centres, in-patient care centres and infrastructure for specialised treatments.

Priority 3: Development of Infrastructure Supporting Labour Market Participation and Social Inclusion [approximately 18.5% of total funding]

This priority aims to improve access and quality in respect of services supporting labour market participation and social inclusion. Activities include the development of regional vocational training centres, an integrated employment and social service, institutions for social inclusion and elderly care.

Priority 4: Technical Assistance [approximately 3.6% of total funding]

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

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Operational Programme 'Social Infrastructure'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Development of the Education Infrastructure 478 182 538 84 385 154 562 567 692
Development of Infrastructure for the Health Care System 963 127 664 169 963 706 1 133 091 370
Development of Infrastructure Supporting Labour Market Participation and Social Inclusion 270 550 745 47 744 250 318 294 995
Technical Assistance 70 161 225 12 381 393 82 542 618
Total 1 782 022 172 314 474 503 2 096 496 675