Operational Programme 'Transport'

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


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On 13 September 2007, the European Commission approved an Operational Programme for Slovakia for the 2007-13 period. The Operational Programme “Transport” falls within the Convergence Objective framework and has a total budget of around €3.8 billion. Community investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €877 million, and through the Cohesion Fund to around €2.3 billion. This represents approximately 29.4% of the total EU investment earmarked for Slovakia under Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

The overall objective of the Programme is to support sustainable mobility through the development of transport infrastructure and the improvement of public passenger transport. The measures will contribute to the interconnectivity of the Slovak regions and an improved access to the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T). This will contribute to the reduction of regional disparities, improve economic development and increase the competitiveness of the Slovak economy.

With major transport infrastructure lagging behind as compared to other EU Member States, Slovakia needs to concentrate on:

  • the further development of highways and expressways;
  • the modernisation of the railway infrastructure;
  • improvements to public intermodal terminals;
  • the challenges of environmental sustainability in the context of climate change;
  • support for public transport.

The Operational Programme shall promote activities directly related to major transport infrastructure and sustainable mobility. It will therefore contribute substantially to the achievement of the Lisbon and Gothenburg strategic objectives.

2. Expected impact of the investments

The Programme will ensure the modernisation of approximately 200 km of railways, 170 km of new highways, expressway and first-class roads. This will result in timesavings of about 1 hour in passenger railway transport and 70 minutes for both passenger and freight road transport. Another result will be a decrease in the number of accidents on roads, an increase in the density of higher-class roads as well as an increase of the share of railway transport for freight.

3. Priorities

The goals of the Operational Programme “Transport 2007-2013” are to:

  • construct major transport infrastructure;
  • improve the accessibility of regions through investments in transport infrastructure;
  • support public passenger transport.

The following priorities represent the structure of the Operational Programme "Transport 2007-2013":

Priority 1: Railway infrastructure [approximately 24.4% of total funding]

The objective of this priority is to modernise and develop railway infrastructure in the context of TEN-T. This will enhance interoperability, increase speed limits and increase operational quality and safety.

Priority 2: Road infrastructure TEN-T [approximately 30.3% of total funding]

This priority aims to contribute to the construction of new motorways in the context of access to TEN-T. This will have a significant impact on the accessibility to the major European road network, road safety and road quality.

Priority 3: Intermodal transport infrastructure [approximately 3.2% of total funding]

This priority will contribute to a network of public intermodal terminals based on the principles of sustainable mobility. This creates the basic conditions for the development of environmentally friendly transport systems.

Priority 4: Infrastructure for integrated transport systems [approximately 14.7% of total funding]

This priority seeks to integrate public railway transport into urban transport systems. This will contribute to both public transportation and sustainable transport mobility.

Priority 5: Road infrastructure (expressways and first-class roads) [approximately 23.1% of total funding]

The objective of the further development of expressways and first-class roads is to contribute to the proportional and gradual development of national road infrastructure. This will contribute to eliminating critical bottlenecks in terms of traffic volumes and road accidents.

Priority 6: Public railway passenger transport [approximately 2.8% of total funding]

This priority aims to improve the quality of railway services and to supplement activities focusing on railway infrastructure modernisation. 

Priority :Technical Assistance [approximately 2.8% of total funding]

This priority will ensure smooth implementation of the programme, as well as providing means to support the elaboration of conceptual and strategic documents. Financial support inter alia covers administration, monitoring, evaluation and control.

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Operational Programme 'Transport'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

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Number of decision

C/2007/4299 final

Final approval date


Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Railway infrastructure 782 746 878 138 131 802 920 878 680
Road infrastructure TEN-T 972 333 473 171 588 260 1 143 921 733
Intermodal transport infrastructure 102 620 947 18 109 579 120 730 526
Infrastructure for integrated transport systems 471 794 200 83 257 800 555 052 000
Road infrastructure 740 794 961 130 728 523 871 523 484
Public railway passenger transport 88 510 567 88 510 567 177 021 134
Technical assistance 48 103 569 8 488 865 56 592 434
Total 3 206 904 595 638 815 396 3 845 719 991