Operational Programme for 'Bratislava region'

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


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On 3 December 2007, the European Commission approved an Operational Programme for the Bratislava region in the Slovak Republic for the period 2007-13. The Operational Programme falls within the framework laid out for the Regional Competitiveness and Employment Objective and has a total budget of about €112 million. Community investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to about €95.2 million, which represents approximately 0.8% of the total EU investment earmarked for the Slovak Republic under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.

1. Aim and purpose of the programme

The global objective of the Operational Programme for the Bratislava region is to strengthen the competitiveness of the region through the development of its knowledge economy while increasing the region’s appeal and quality of life. The Programme is a response to the need for increasing the innovative capacity of the region’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) while developing the region’s information society to ensure long-term economic growth and competitiveness. At the same time it focuses on improving the attractiveness of the region for its citizens and tourists through supporting the regeneration of settlements and regional and urban public transport. Some interventions also contribute to stimulating energy efficiency and renewable energy production.

2. The expected impact of investments

The Operational Programme will ensure regeneration of at least four urban areas in Bratislava region, which will also contribute to increasing the energy performance of buildings supported within these integrated urban development strategies. The Programme will also support projects aimed at the regeneration of about 50 settlements as well as projects that seek to develop tourism. The interventions will also support clean urban transport and ensure increases in the number of passengers who use the regional and urban public transport.

The knowledge economy will be supported by projects that focus on innovation and technological transfers to SMEs (including environmentally friendly products and production processes) and the region’s development of its information society. The interventions will therefore result in creating new jobs.

3. Priorities

The principal objectives of this Operational Programme are to:

  • Increase the attractiveness of the region through improving the quality and standard of settlements and the quality of the public transport while respecting the sustainable development; and
  • Strengthen the competitiveness of the region through supporting the innovations and access to information and communication technology (ICT), mainly for SMEs.

The programme is structured according to the following priorities:

Priority 1: Infrastructure [approximately 57% of total funding]

Under this priority, the Programme plans to address urban issues in at least four urban areas of Bratislava region experiencing or threatened by physical deterioration and social exclusion through the implementation of their integrated development strategies, including housing renovation. In addition, interventions within this priority axis are focused on:

  • regenerating about 50 growth poles aimed at improving their physical environment;
  • supporting housing infrastructure;
  • preservation and regeneration of the natural heritage;
  • support of the cycling tracks aimed at the development of tourism; and
  • regional and urban public transport.

Priority 2: Knowledge economy [approximately 39.5% of total funding]

This priority is focused on:

  • supporting innovations and technological transfers to SMEs, including innovative technologies aimed at decreasing the energy and material intensity and renewable energy utilization, the reduction and the prevention of air pollution
  • supporting regional and local e-government and development of electronic services on both the regional and local level;
  • improving the access to and efficient use of ICT by SMEs.

Interventions will lead to the transition of the Bratislava region towards a knowledge economy.

Priority 3: Technical assistance [approximately 3.7% of total funding]

Technical assistance will ensure the effective management and implementation of the Programme. Financial support covers preparatory, management, monitoring, evaluation, information and control activities of the Programme together with activities to reinforce the administrative capacity for implementing the Programme.

Financial and Technical information

Operational Programme for 'Bratislava region'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

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Number of decision

C/2007/6125 + C/2007/6459

Final approval date


Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Infrastructure 54 140 147 9 554 145 63 694 292
Knowledge Economy 37 587 460 6 633 082 44 220 542
Technical assistance 3 480 000 614 118 4 094 118
Total 95 207 607 16 801 345 112 008 952