Operational Program Transnational Cooperation

The operational program Transnational Cooperation is divided into several zones. The Czech Republic belongs to the zone of Central Europe and hence we share the OP Transnational Cooperation with Austria, Poland, a part of Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, a part of Italy and also a part of Ukraine as one of the non-member states.

Who May Ask for the Support?

Public authorities and institutions, the nature of which is equal to the one of public authorities, and private entities.

Who Is in Charge of the OP Transnational Cooperation?

The managing authority of the OP TC is the Amt der Wiener Landesregierung) in Austria, the National Coordinator in the Czech Republic is the Ministry for Regional Development of the CR.

How Is the OP Transnational Cooperation Financed?

The OP TC is financed from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The Operational Program Transnational Cooperation (OP TC) falls within the operational programs of the European Territorial Cooperation objective and the amount of EUR 37.46 million has been reserved for it, which amounts to approximately 0.14 % of all finances intended for the Czech Republic from the EU funds.

It is focused on cooperation between public authorities and institutions with the nature of public authorities in order to exchange and transmit experiences in particular in the fields of innovations, transport accessibility, environment and increasing the attractiveness of towns and regions.

The purpose of cooperation is to secure accessibility of knowledge and tools for establishment of partnerships so that superfluous repeating of activities and discovering of the already discovered is prevented. It will support establishment of partnerships and networks supporting achievement of specific outputs and results that lead directly to specific future initiatives and investments.

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What Projects Are Financed from the OP Transnational Cooperation?

The OP TC includes 5 priorities dividing the operational program into logical units and those are further specified by means of the so-called intervention areas, which define the types of projects that may be supported within the respective priority axis.

The European Commission approved the operational program on 3 December 2007.

Facilitating/Allowing Innovations in Central Europe

The amount of EUR 49.2 million has been reserved for priority axis 1 from the EU funds, i.e. 20.0 % of the OP TC.

For example, support of transnational clusters in key competence areas, common development and implementation of innovation strategies in transnational areas, cooperation of incubators in the regions with declining industry, building transnational networks between institutions of tertiary education and research institutions, support of transnational cooperation between training facilities and organizations operating on the labour market, building and improvement of transnational education and training networks in higher or lifelong education, etc.

Improved Accessibility of Central Europe and within Central Europe

The amount of EUR 63.9 million has been reserved for priority axis 2 from the EU funds, i.e. 26.0 % of the OP TC.

For example, building of a transnational knowledge center in railway transport and preparation of a transnational action plan of technical harmonization and interoperability of the railway network in the course of the next 15 years, support of the use of various manners of transport and the ability to use a part or facility from another transport system (road, railway, river/sea, air transport), common development of transnational ICT logistic tools, increasing the quality and attractiveness of city mass transport, support of development of modern technological solutions for transport management, use of ICT in order to restrict the necessity of international traveling (videoconferences, supplier chain management), etc.

Responsible Use of the Environment

The amount of EUR 63.9 million has been reserved for priority axis 3 from the EU funds, i.e. 26.0 % of the OP TC.

For example, reclamation of degraded regions, for example former mining regions, contaminated locations and abandoned city outskirts, preparation of investments in the area of water management, preparation of strategies for protection against danger and a common plan for risk management, preparation of investments for energetically economical measures in larger suburbs, support of municipal technologies in the area of waste management, water supplies, etc.

Increasing the Competitiveness and Attractiveness of Towns and Regions

The amount of EUR 54.1 million has been reserved for priority axis 4 from the EU funds, i.e. 22.0 % of the OP TC.

For example, creation of a transnational network of cooperation between towns and regions in order to optimize common use of the infrastructure, services, options of spending leisure-time and recreation facilities, creation of innovation solutions in the area of service provision and in the area of adjustments and provision of key services and infrastructure (healthcare system, water, housing, etc.), creation of solutions of town and region adaptation to the needs of the disadvantaged groups of citizens, establishing cooperation between historical places and museums, transnational cooperation upon preparation of investments into cultural values in Central Europe, etc.

Technical Assistance

The amount of EUR 14.8 million has been reserved for priority axis 5 from the EU funds, i.e. 6.0 % of the OP TC.

Financing of activities connected with the program management, for example wages of employees engaged in the OP TC management, information and consulting services provided to potential applicants and project implementators, application evaluation, project monitoring and control, program monitoring, processing of thematic assessments, studies, reports and research studies, provision of the program publicity, etc.