Cohesion policy 2007-2013: Launch of eight programmes for Czech regions
European Commission - IP/07/1857 05/12/2007
Brussels, 5 December 2007
Danuta Hübner, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, announced the adoption of eight operational programmes to be implemented in the Czech Republic over the 2007-2013 programming period. Together, they represent more than € 7.6 billion of investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). A further six ERDF and Cohesion Fund programmes will be approved shortly, making a total of €23 billion to improve conditions for economic growth and welfare.
Commissioner Hübner welcomed the emphasis on boosting jobs and growth: "I am glad to see the Czech Republic has earmarked 93% of investment available for the Enterprise and Innovation programme in the key Lisbon objectives, showing a clear commitment to our common goal of growth and jobs. With the approval of €7.6 billion of investment, we are launching a new era. We believe the Czech regions will quickly master their new role in being directly responsible for managing EU funds and grasp the huge opportunities available."
The programmes adopted are:
Some specific projects will also target the Roma minorities in Moravia Silesia, Northwest and in the Northeast.
Notes for editors
The Czech Republic will benefit from investment worth € 23 billion from the ERDF and Cohesion Fund for 2007-2013. The eight operational programmes announced today will be followed by a further six, making a total of 14.
In addition, € 3.7 billion has been made available from the European Social Fund for three programmes on human resources, already adopted.
Regional Councils of Cohesion Regions have been designated as the Managing
Authorities for the Czech Republic's regional operational programmes under the
new decentralised management system, which ensures EU programmes are tailor-made
for each individual region.
Some complementary memos will follow shortly on each programme.