European Cohesion Policy 2007-2013 in Poland: Priorities and Impact of Cohesion Policy in the Member States

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Period : 2007-2013
Date : 10/01/2009

For the 2007–13 period, Poland has been allocated approximately €67 billion, which makes it the largest beneficiary of European Cohesion Policy for this period. A sum of €66.6 billion has been allocated under the Convergence Objective2 and €731 million under the European Territorial Cooperation Objective. Poland has translated its strategic development priorities into 21 programmes: five national and 16 regional programmes for all 16 Polish regions.

The largest national programme is for ‘Infrastructure and Environment’, which will receive almost €28 billion from the European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund. The second largest is the ‘Human Capital’ programme, with investments of almost €10 billion from the European Social Fund. The remaining national programmes, supported by the ERDF, are: ‘Innovative Economy’, ‘Development of Eastern Poland’ and ‘Technical Assistance’.

Over €16.5 billion will be spent via the 16 regional programmes, giving the Polish regions an unprecedented opportunity to implement their regional development strategies in line with Community priorities.