Prague Operational Programmes

OPPA – Adaptability

The Operational Programme Prague – Adaptability is one of the three programmes in the Czech Republic that is going to use means from the European Social Fund during the period of 2007 – 2013.

The global aim of the OPPA is to increase the competitive ability of Prague by furthering the adaptability and efficiency of human resources and an improved approach to employment for all. Therefore, OPPA focuses on education and the fight against social exclusion.

The OPPA is only applicable for the area of the City of Prague. For the purpose of structural policies, EU regions are divided according to the GDP they produce, and therefore Prague cannot use means allocated by the EU fund to the rest of the CR, and other regions cannot use means allocated by the EU for the capital city.

The OPPA has 4 separate material areas supporting the projects. These areas are called ‘priority axis’ in relation to the EU regulations. The rule is that a project can be supported only within one priority axis.

Overview of OPPA Priority Axis

Priority Axis 1: Supporting the Development of Knowledge Economics – focused on the target group of employed people. The supported project should increase the quality of the work of these people by furthering their education or by cooperating with another organisation (i.e. research organisation etc).

Priority Axis 2: Supporting Entrance to the Job Market – focused on people that might be disadvantaged when entering the job market for various reasons (e.g. health disability, mental illness, ethnic minority member, social standing etc), and it also represents an opportunity for the development of organisations that help people who are at a disadvantage.

Priority Axis 3: Modernisation of Initial Education - focused on the target group of people who are preparing to enter the job market, i.e. students of secondary schools, colleges and universities, but also at their teachers and academic staff working with students.

Priority Axis 4: Technical Support - to secure the administration of programmes, i.e. securing staff that control programs, information systems to monitor the use of means from structural funds etc. This means for technical support cannot be used by any other subject but the City of Prague.

Steering the Programme

The responsibility for the OPPA lies with the City of Prague (i.e. it performs the role of the Steering Body). The OPPA is managed by the Department of the European Social Fund at the Prague City Hall. This Department is responsible, in particular, for the administration of project applications, administration of projects, financial management of projects etc.

OPPK – Competitiveness

The Operational Programme Prague – Competitiveness (OPPC) is one of the programmes in the Czech Republic that will be drawing means from EU funds for regional development in the period of 2007 – 2013. The programme focuses on the accessibility of transport services, information and communication technologies, and on increasing the quality of the protection of the environment and supporting innovations and knowledge based economy.

The OPPC is only applicable for the area of the City of Prague. The OPPA is only applicable for the area of the City of Prague. For the purpose of structural policies, EU regions are divided according to the GDP they produce, and therefore Prague cannot use means allocated by the EU fund to the rest of the CR, and other regions cannot use means allocated by the EU for the capital city.

The OPPC has 4 separate material areas supporting the projects. These areas are called ‘priority axis’ in relation to the EU regulations. It is the rule that a project can be supported only within one priority axis.

Overview of Priority Axis and Areas of Support of the OPPC

Priority Axis 1: Transport Access and ICT Development

The implementation of this axis aims to improve the accessibility to transport and telecommunication services. This axis can be divided into two support areas:

  • Support Area 1.1- Support of ecologically beneficial surface public transport
  • Support Area 1.2- Development and accessibility of ICT services
Priority Axis 2: Environment

The implementation of this axis aims to improve the environment. This axis can be divided into two support areas:

  • Support Area 2.1- Revitalization and protection of the area
  • Support Area 2.2- Economical and sustainable use of energy and natural resources
Priority Axis 3: Innovation and Business Enterprise

The implementation of this axis aims to increase the competitiveness of Prague through the development and efficient use of its innovation potential. This axis can be divided into three areas of support:

  • Support area 3.1- Development of innovation environment and partnership between the research and development base and practice
  • Support Area 3.2- Support of favourable business environment
  • Support Area 3.3- Development of small and middle size businesses
Priority Axis 4: Technical Support

This axis is aimed at the programme administration, i.e. securing staff managing the programme, developing an information system to monitor the use of means from the structural funds etc. The means allocated for technical support cannot be used by any other subject than the City of Prague.

The responsibility for the OPPC lies with the City of Prague (i.e. it performs the role of the Steering Body). The OPPC is managed by the Department of the European Social Fund at the Prague City Hall. This Department is responsible, in particular, for the administration of project applications, administration of projects, financial management of projects etc.