What projects can be financed from the operational programmes of the European Territorial Cooperation objective?
The operational programmes are now being assessed by the European Commission. The following examples of supported projects have to be seen as non-binding, as the operational programmes may still undergo modification based on comments from the European Commission.
OP Cross-Border Cooperation
OP Cross-Border Cooperation CR - Bavaria
OP Cross-Border Cooperation CR-Poland
OP Cross-Border Cooperation CR-Austria
OP Cross-Border Cooperation CR-Saxony
OP Cross-Border Cooperation CR-Slovakia
These are independent documents administered by independent Managing Authorities; they focus on, for example, the following topics: common development and improvement of access to information and communication technologies; construction and development of border infrastructure and connection of the border regions to important cross-border transport axes; cooperation in the field of research and development, education, and innovation; cooperation in connection with the integration of disabled persons back into society; promotion of an effective system of cross-border fire and flood prevention and disaster protection; construction of waste water treatment plants; reinforcement of environmental education; protection and renovation of monuments; development of bicycle routes and paths, equestrian paths, tourist paths, and ski slopes and trails; establishment and operation of tourist information centres; promotion of cross-border cooperation in the field of development of human relations, social, cultural and leisure time activities; and so on.
All activities supported in the framework of the OP Cross-border Cooperation are co-financed from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and these are investment (infrastructure) projects.
For example: exchange of experience in connection with restructuring regions dependent on traditional industry; promotion of information and communication technologies; cooperation in the field of financial assistance to small and medium enterprises; improvement of regional employment policy, professional development, training and education; exchange of experience with crisis planning; exchange and transfer of knowledge of an integrated and sustainable approach to river management; development of guidelines for integrated local waste management; exchange and transfer of knowledge to improve energy efficiency in the transport sector; development and exchange of a common strategy for promoting cultural assets; and so on.
For example: construction of a central European knowledge centre for key areas of competency; cooperation of incubators in regions with declining industry; cost-impact studies with respect to high-speed corridors in Central Europe; valuation of public transport systems in small and medium-size towns; a common transnational strategy for waste management; creation of a transnational project for integrated flood-related risk management; preparation of investments for energy saving measures in large-scale housing estates; platform for cooperation between cities in connection with the preparation of investment into strategic competency areas in cities (e.g., biotechnological clusters, science parks, etc.); social centre projects for the preparation of investments in mobile regional services (health care, services for senior citizens, etc.); administration and management of cultural heritage; promotion of cultural values in larger regions; etc.
This programme focuses on dissemination of knowledge, experience and other outputs of cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation. The programme also provides space for discussion about cross-border and transnational regional development strategies and ensuring the transfer of innovations. The target groups are European institutions and bodies organising European territorial cooperation programmes, i.e., cross-border, interregional and transnational cooperation programme authorities (e.g., the Managing Authorities, Certifying Authorities, Joint Technical Secretariats).
The programme serves to obtain and update information about the development of regions and the impact of execution of EU policies on the regions; provide technical, methodological and analytical support in the spatial planning process; and provide access to special development databases and indicators. It provides feedback on the results of the ESPON programme in practice, etc. through seminars, publications and workshops.
The URBACT II Operational Programme is a programme of the European Commission Initiative “Regions for Economic Change” under Objective 3 of European Territorial Cooperation financed from the European Regional Development Fund.
In the 2007-2013 programming period, the URBACT II OP is intended for the exchange and acquisition of experience amongst cities of the EU Member States in connection with the preparation and implementation of projects related to urban development. The primary objective of the programme is to make policies and strategies more effective in order to achieve sustainable and integrated urban development with regard to the application of the Lisbon and Gothenburg Strategies.
For more information, visit www.urbact.cz
Non-investment projects are supported under the Transnational and Interregional Cooperation OPs and the ESPON 2013 and INTERACT II OP.
The list of supported activities is only indicative; in the case of the Transnational Cooperation OP, it may differ with respect to the various cross-border programmes. For this reason, it is important to review in advance the terms and conditions of the OP under which a project is to be implemented, which includes verification of who is defined as a possible aid beneficiary with respect to the type of supported activity.
For more information about cross-border cooperation operational programmes, contact the appropriate Managing Authorities. For more information about Transnational and Interregional Cooperation OPs and the ESPON 2013 and INTERACT II OPs, contact the respective Contact point in the Czech Republic.