Operational Programme 'West Pannon'

Programme under the European 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 West Pannon region in Hungary for the period 2007-2013. The Operational Programme falls within the framework laid out for the Convergence Objective and has a total budget of around €545 million. Community funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €464 million, which represents approximately 1.8% of the total EU investment earmarked for Hungary under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-2013.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

The Programme aims to bolster economic and public service infrastructures in the West Pannon region and promote growth and employment in line with sustainable development principles.

Specifically, the Programme will:

  • help build an economy based on local innovative resources and enterprise networks;
  • develop tourism based on high-quality services that take advantage of the region’s cultural heritage;
  • foster a network of attractive cities that fulfil roles as regional centres;
  • provide a clean environment and safe access to regional centres and sub-centres; and
  • invest in public service infrastructure that can meet local needs.

2. Expected impact of the investment

The Programme is expected to increase the region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita – employment rates will also rise and new jobs will be created. The Programme also aims to increase the value added generated by the region’s enterprises and help a number of disadvantaged pupils to attend supported education and training institutions

3. Priorities

The Programme is structured around the following priorities:

Priority 1: Regional economic development [approximately 15.4% of total funding]

This priority aims to develop the region’s enterprises by supporting their networking activities and by providing modern consulting services to entrepreneurs. It will also help to improve business park infrastructure and strengthen the regional character of vocational and higher education, in line with the economy’s specific needs.

The Programme will therefore support improvements to regional cluster services and help to develop West Pannon’s regional higher education cooperation network. In addition, the Programme seeks to stimulate the investment environment, develop marketing activities and set up technology transfer centres and incubators.

Priority 2: Tourism development – renewal of the Pannon heritage [approximately 23.6% of total funding]

The aim is to develop thermal spa tourism in West Pannon, provide activities linked to the region’s historic and cultural heritage, and support thematic programmes and services that are linked to eco-tourism. Renewal of the region’s tourism management bodies is also a priority.

To achieve these objectives, the Programme will support a range of activities, such as:

  • improving access roads and cycles paths around tourist attractions;
  • renovating such structures as castles and churches;
  • developing regional eco-tourism programmes;
  • expanding capacity in the tourism accommodation sector; and
  • providing support to local and regional tourism marketing organisations.

Priority 3: Urban development [approximately 19% of total funding]

City centre renewal promises to be a major focus. Work will be undertaken to improve energy efficiency in public buildings, reduce traffic congestion, introduce more pedestrian zones, revitalise brown field sites and increase “green” spaces.

Action will be taken to arrest the decline of impoverished housing estates and to support the introduction of more cultural, sporting and leisure facilities. To improve transport infrastructure, the Programme will support the development of intermodal systems, along with the construction and renovation of public transport facilities.

Priority 4: Environmental protection and transport infrastructure [approximately 20.1% of total funding]

The objectives here are to raise environmental awareness, improve surface water quality – in line with the EU Water Framework Directive – and improve access to local settlements.

This priority is therefore likely to include activities that will:

  • improve waste water management in small settlements;
  • rehabilitate municipal waste deposits;
  • improve the quality of surface water;
  • establish and develop services to safeguard the environment; and
  • develop better regional transport connections, with a particular focus on improving roads.

Priority 5: Development of local and regional public services [approximately 18.3% of total funding]

The goal here is to ensure access to, and improvement of, public services, taking account of the region’s settlement structure.

The Programme will also support the creation and development of a knowledge-based information society tailored to regional needs. In addition, it will support the development health infrastructures and related IT services, along with improved social services provision for children, elderly people, disabled people and the homeless etc. Work will also focus on developing public education infrastructures and initiatives to promote the information society.

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

Technical assistance will be provided to help implement the programme. There is provision to support the work of the programme’s Monitoring Committee, as well as for reporting and evaluation activities.

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Operational Programme 'West Pannon'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Regional economic development 71 305 470 12 583 318 83 888 788
Tourism development 109 573 484 19 336 497 128 909 981
Urban development 88 293 607 15 581 225 103 874 832
Environmental protection and transport infrastructure 93 059 226 16 422 217 109 481 443
Development of local and regional public services 84 824 451 14 969 021 99 793 472
Technical assistance 16 696 655 2 946 468 19 643 123
Total 463 752 893 81 838 746 545 591 639