The European Commission, on the initiative of the Commissioner responsible for regional policy and cohesion, Monika Wulf-Mathies, has approved a programme for the promotion of cross-border cooperation in the Saxony region of Germany (Germany, Poland, Czech Republic). The programme, which falls within the framework of INTERREG II, will dispose of a budget of ECU 146 million. The purpose of the programme is: - To tackle structural weaknesses in the areas along the borders between Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic; - To help overcome administrative obstacles; - To promote contacts within the context of the pre-accession strategy for Central and East European countries. To that end, the priorities of the proposed programme were coordinated with measures introduced under the multiannual PHARE programmes (still to be adopted for international cooperation involving Poland and the Czech Republic). These programmes will thus complement each other and contribute together to the development of the entire border area. The total cost of the integrated programme amounts to over ECU 215 million. The EU contribution to the programme totals ECU 146.45 million. Of this, ECU 95.19 million will come from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), ECU 21.97 million from the European Social Fund (ESF) and ECU 29.29 million from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF). The aid will be used to support actions in the following sectors: - Infrastructure and environment: ECU 73.22 million (50%); - Business: ECU 17.57 million (12%); - Agriculture: ECU 29.29 million (20%); - Training, qualifications and socio-cultural measures: ECU 21.967 million (15%); - Technical assistance: ECU 4.394 million (3%).
Czechia, Germany, Poland