Operational Programme 'Silesia'

Convergence objective, co-funded by ERDF


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On 4 September, the European Commission approved the Operational Programme for the Śląskie voivodship 2007-2013. This programme involves Community support for Śląskie within the framework of the "Convergence" objective. The total budget of the programme is EUR 2.02 billion and Community assistance through the ERDF amounts to EUR 1.71 billion (approximately 2.5 % of the total EU money invested in Poland under Cohesion policy 2007-2013).

1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment

The Śląskie Regional Operational Programme (ROP) is the region’s first-ever large-scale, coordinated, multi-annual and financially stable programme of development measures.

The Śląskie programme will become the region’s most important instrument for making structural change happen. It will also be an important tool for the delivery of the revised Lisbon Strategy. The Lisbon objectives allocation in the Programme is more than 40% of its total budget. The Strategic Goal of the Programme is: "The stimulation of rapid growth along with the strengthening of the social, economic and spatial cohesion of the region".

2. The expected impact of the investment

According to a macroeconomic modelling projection, the Regional Operational Programme for Śląskie is expected to deliver additional GDP of 2.91% and about 9 000 new jobs, of which 4 500 will be for women. Over 1 300 small and medium enterprises (SME) will be supported (including micro-enterprises), and over 400 will receive support in the framework of innovation.

3. Priority axes

Priority 1: Technical research and development (R&D), innovation and entrepreneurship

Supporting innovation and entrepreneurship centres, ensuring preparation of land for investment. Stimulating the development of a network of business environment institutions and instruments for external financing of entrepreneurship. Direct investment in small businesses to foster competitive micro-enterprises and SMEs, creating jobs. Strengthening the potential of technological centres and of research institutions providing innovation and technology transfer; stimulating and developing network and cooperation links between the R&D institutions and entrepreneurs; developing local and regional clusters.

Priority 2: Knowledge society

Providing fast, safe Internet access, as well as the development of electronic public services. Support for activities to create and reconstruct access networks. Creating public Internet access points. Developing public electronic services for the region's population (necessary for task performance within eGovernment); increasing the range of services provided with the use of modern communication and information technologies; creating management support systems for public administration.

Priority 3: Tourism

Investment in tourism infrastructure will contribute to the development of businesses offering a complete tourist service, including hotels, catering services and transport activities. This will stimulate the growth of new businesses and create new jobs. There will be support for actions to develop tourism-related infrastructure as well as tourist information systems and promotion.

Priority 4: Culture

Improving what the voivodship has to offer in cultural terms will contribute to improving its image both within the country and abroad. There will be support for projects improving the quality of cultural facilities, and consequently of the attractiveness of the region. There will be projects to restore historical buildings and convert vacant industrial buildings for cultural purposes.

Priority 5: Environment

Developing water and the sewage infrastructure. Support will also be given to waste management through the implementation of ecologically effective, comprehensive waste management systems. Improving air quality through investments in the energy efficiency of heating systems. Support for environmentally friendly, renewable energies. Improving collection and processing of information for developing environmental instruments. Activities to preserve, enrich and restore biodiversity; education and promotion of the need to safeguard this heritage.

Priority 6: Sustainable urban development

Silesia is the most urbanised region in Poland. The main objective of this priority is to increase the competitiveness of metropolitan centres by improving public space and transport, cultural, social, recreational and educational facilities, to enable the region to compete with others in Poland and Europe. Rehabilitating derelict areas in towns and cities will play a crucial role for urban development. There will be support for comprehensive projects to create and develop economic activity zones, particularly in former industrial areas.

Priority 7: Transport

Developing an effective, integrated, safer, environmentally-friendly, high-quality accessible transport system to increase numbers using public transport. Modernising and extending road systems to connect the regions's key road system with trans-European transport networks (TEN-T), national and international roads. There will also be projects related to traffic management systems.

Priority 8: Educational infrastructure

Development of higher education, educational and lifelong learning infrastructure. Strengthening the role of education at all levels, creation of the knowledge-based society and the competitive regional economy. Projects including higher education schools specialising in the fields of Regional Innovation Strategy will be prioritised.

Priority 9: Health and recreation

Improve the health of the region's inhabitants through investment in healthcare to boost the quality and availability of medical services, developing and modernizing inpatient and outpatient care infrastructure and equipment. Support for projects to set up or improve sports and recreational facilities accessible to all.

Priority 10: Technical assistance

Target processes related to the preparation, management, monitoring, appraisal, control and evaluation of the programme to increase administrative capacity in implementing funds; information and promotion. 

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Operational Programme 'Silesia'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Technical research and development (R and D), innovation aneeeentrentrepreneurship 296 238 553 52 277 392 348 515 945
Information society 150 000 000 26 470 588 176 470 588
Tourism 110 420 000 19 485 882 129 905 882
Culture 53 274 150 9 401 321 62 675 471
Environment 180 678 600 31 884 459 212 563 059
Sustainable urban development 312 802 445 55 200 431 368 002 876
Transport 426 327 555 84 244 367 510 571 922
Education infrastructure 82 480 000 14 555 294 97 035 294
Health and recreation 57 759 000 10 192 765 67 951 765
Technical assistance 43 000 000 0 43 000 000
Total 1 712 980 303 303 712 499 2 016 692 802