Operational Programme 'Warminsko-Mazurskie'

Convergence objective, co-funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)


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On 4 October 2007 October, the European Commission approved the regional operational programme for the Warminsko-Mazurskie region in Poland for the period 2007-2013. This programme involves Community support for Warminsko-Mazurskie within the framework of the "Convergence" objective. The total budget for the programme is € 1.2 billion and Community investment through the ERDF amounts to € 1.03 billion (approximately 1.6 % of the total EU money to be spent in Poland under Cohesion policy 2007-2013).

1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment

The Warminsko-Mazurskie Regional Operational Programme (ROP) is the region’s first ever large-scale, coordinated, multi-annual and financially stable programme of development measures. Its strategic goal is to improve the region’s competitiveness, social cohesion, accessibility and to release its economic, tourism and cultural potential while ensuring secure sustainable use of its environment. Consequently, the Warminsko-Mazurskie ROP will become the region’s most important instrument for making structural changes happen. It will also be an important tool for the delivery of the revised Lisbon Strategy. The Lisbon objectives allocation in the Programme is 37% of its ERDF budget.

2. The expected impact of the investment

The programme will ensure the creation of more than 4700 new jobs, of which half will be for women. Over 765 small and medium size enterprises (SME) will be supported in the framework of the programme (including micro-enterprises and innovative ones). Around 300 000 persons will receive access to broadband internet (70 000 in rural areas). Regarding water and waste treatment, more than 40 000 people will benefit from being connected to 390 km of sewer systems and 19 000 to 110 km of water systems to be built with the support of the Programme. Accessibility to the region will be improved thanks to a regional airport, and the modernisation of 304 km of roads and 54 km of railways.

3. Priorities

The programme is structured according to the following priorities:

Priority 1: Entrepreneurship

This will contribute significantly to improving Warminsko-Mazurskie's competitiveness. Investment in business advisory support and dissemination and implementation of new technologies, innovation and achievements of R&D sector will have a significant influence on the competitiveness of enterprises, products and services. As the development potential of the voivodship is embedded in environmental technologies, food processing and construction technologies, those sectors will be of prime concern (benefiting also from the Development of Eastern Poland OP and Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 for Poland). Setting up and strengthening cooperation links within individual industry sectors (clusters development) as well as between business and science research will also be important in boosting competitiveness.

Priority 2: Tourism

Tourism plays a key role in the Warminsko-Mazurskie voivodship. This priority will offer support to investments related to development of tourism resources, including accommodation and catering facilities, business tourism, development of spa and recreational functions, as well as high quality tourism services. This should improve the attractiveness of the region and increase the number of tourists staying in the region. Projects to improve the attractiveness of the region throughout the year, not just the high season, will be of particular importance.

Priority 3: Social infrastructure

The region has features that could make it into an attractive place for the location of modern and dynamic enterprises. Such investment could boost local demand and tax revenues. However, social services need to be improved to justify and facilitate such decisions. This priority covers investment in health and educational services with high added value. Investments in educational infrastructure are needed to secure the continuous supply of skilled human resources to match the needs of a growing regional economy – ranging from middle-level (mainly for the tourism sector services) to higher-level for high quality posts created by modern and knowledge-based sectors.

Priority 4: Development, restructuring and revitalization of towns

This priority will aim to release the economic potential of run-down and problematic urban areas, increasing their attractiveness for investments and business activities while improving the overall living conditions of their inhabitants. The revitalisation measures will be to ensure sustainable development, introduce economic revival, restoring spatial order and re-establishing social ties. Projects will implement processes making urban areas able to function efficiently again, by changing their structure, giving new functions, and mobilising space through qualitative changes.

Priority 5: Regional and local transport infrastructure

The peripheral location and poor accessibility of the Warminsko-Mazurskie region are among the major weaknesses hindering its development and growth. Investment in transport infrastructure and networks is crucial. It will increase the internal and external territorial cohesion of the region, particularly by linking domestic and external growth poles. Improving transport accessibility will result in the development of manufacturing and service companies, higher investment inflows and more tourism. This will create jobs. Renovating the abandoned regional airport in Szymany is expected to open Warminsko-Mazurskie region up to the outside world.

Priority 6: Natural environment

The natural environment is one of the strategic assets of the Warminsko-Mazurskie voivodship. Investments related to environment protection are crucial to maintain and increase the region's attractiveness for tourism, spa function as well as business location of which the environment is a decisive factor. The region faces the contradiction between economic development and the objectives of protecting the environment. This priority stipulates support for investment projects preventing damage to both land and waters, with minimum interference in the environment. Protecting one of the major potential assets of the voivodship – the Great Mazury Lakes – is particularly important when locating any new activity in the region.

Priority 7: Information society infrastructure

Support for projects related to IT infrastructure is necessary to create a knowledge-based society and economy. ICT is one of the most important factors of growth and productivity as well as fundamental to increase the competitiveness and development of a region. Making information technology more widely available for both business and personal use can help to counter social exclusion and depopulation due to the peripheral location of Warminsko-Mazurskie. This priority axis will help to boost investments in ICT infrastructure, promotion of common use of ICT tools and secure availability of technologies. Actions taken in this field will also contribute to strengthening territorial and social cohesion of the region. There will also be complementary measures to this end in the operational programme entitled "Development of Eastern Poland".

Priority 8: Technical assistance

Effective use of Structural Funds depends to a large extent on the administrative capacities of institutions participating in implementation of operational programmes. For the programming period 2007-2013, the institutions involved in structural funds implementation at regional level were charged with more responsibilities than in the years 2004-2006. Efficient absorption of EU funds allocated to the voivodship will require necessary support for administration to ensure effective management, implementation, monitoring, control, audit, evaluation processes and communication activities. An increase of public awareness regarding the possibilities of using European Funds in the region and creating a positive image among potential beneficiaries are of prime concern.

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Operational Programme 'Warminsko-Mazurskie'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Entrepreneurship 207 308 408 31 289 721 238 598 129
Tourism 134 750 465 23 779 510 158 529 975
Social infrastructure 62 192 522 10 975 151 73 167 673
Development, restructuring and revitalization of towns 82 923 363 14 633 535 97 556 898
Regional and local transport infrastructure 352 424 294 78 099 272 430 523 566
Nature environment 93 288 784 22 165 660 115 454 444
Information society infrastructure 62 192 522 10 975 151 73 167 673
Technical assistance 41 461 683 0 41 461 683
Total 1 036 542 041 191 918 000 1 228 460 041