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Cross-border Cooperation Operational Programme Czech Republic - Germany 2007-13
Commission Européenne - MEMO/08/234 10/04/2008
Brussels, 10 April 2008
1. “Czech Republic - Germany Cross-border Cooperation Operational Programme” – Programme under the European Territorial Cooperation Objective, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
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On 19 December 2007, the European Commission approved a Cross-border Cooperation Operational Programme between the Czech Republic and Germany for the period 2007-13. The Programme involves providing Community support as part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for specific German and Czech regions that lie along their common border: the German regions of Cham, Freyung-Grafenau, Hof, Neustadt an der Waldnaab, Regen, Schwandorf, Tirschenreuth and Wunsiedel im Fichtelgebierge, die kreisfreie Städte Hof and Weiden, Amberg-Sulzbach, Bayreuth, Deggendorf, Kronach, Kulmbach, Passau, Regensburg, Straubing-Bogen, die kreisfreie Städte Amberg, Bayreuth, Passau, Regensburg and Straubing and Czech regions Plzeňský kraj, Karlovarský kraj and Jihočeský kraj.
The Operational Programme falls within the framework laid out for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective and has a total budget of around €136 million. Community assistance through the ERDF amounts to some €116 million, which represents approximately 1.3% of the total EU investment earmarked for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective under the Cohesion Policy 2007-13.
3. Aim and purpose of the programme
The overall objective of the Operational Programme is to increase and step up cooperation in this cross-border region and to support economic growth, human resources and networking, and space and environmental development.
The cross-border area is characterised by large economic disparities between the German and Czech regions and between cities and rural areas, as well as by high unemployment rates. However, there are some noticeable advantages in the region, namely its strategic location (in central Europe), its stable industrial sectors and traditions, its good quality education and the increasing cooperation between all levels of educational institutions.
The Programme area lies in a very attractive environment with great potential for tourism development. One of the biggest national parks in Europe, Šumava on the Czech side and Bayerische Wald on the German side, is located at the heart of the Programme area. Investments should target efforts designed to fully develop the area’s potential.
4. Expected impact of investments
The Operational Programme’s investments should result in improved accessibility and a fully developed tourism potential, with both environmental and risk prevention issues taken into account. The Lisbon Agenda for growth and jobs objectives should also be achieved, including technology transfer, cooperation between universities and research centres, improving accessibility to the labour market and integrating socially excluded people. A considerable amount of funding will be spent on people-to-people projects, with the expected result being increased trust among the people and the removal of barriers between the border regions.
The Operational Programme is structured along the following priority axes:
Priority 1: Economic Development, Human Resources and Networks [approximately 62.5% of total funding]
The aim of this priority is to improve competitiveness in all economic areas including tourism, by supporting innovation, entrepreneurship and better quality products and services, and by reducing barriers to exchanging information. Further aims include boosting the attractiveness of a successful labour market and lifelong learning by improving social integration and supporting culture, healthcare, social care, civic protection, risk prevention and network developments.
Priority 2: Space and Environment Development [approximately 37.5% of total funding]
The aim under this priority is to ensure a quality environment through environmental protection measures and to achieve balanced development in the Czech-German cross-border area using a spatial planning tool. Further aims include supporting rural development, improving the region’s accessibility and producing better quality information and communication systems.
6. Managing Authority: Bavarian State Ministry for Economics, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology – München, Germany
Mr Werner Ehelchner
Bavarian State Ministry for Economics, Infrastructure,
Transport and Technology
Telephone: +49 (0)89 2162 2207
Fax: +49 (0)89 2162 3207
7. Title: Operational Programme “Czech Republic - Germany Cross-border Cooperation”
Type of intervention: Operational Programme
CCI No.: 2007CB163PO009
No. of decision: C/2007/6484
Final approval date: 19/12/2007
8. Breakdown of financing by priority (in euros)