Operational programmes are implemented in the Czech Republic in the form of calls for applications for support, which are announced by the managing authority.
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Operational Programme Technology and Applications for Competitiveness (OP TAC)
The managing authority is the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT).
OP TAC was approved by the Government of the Czech Republic, negotiations with the EC are still ongoing, and it is assumed that the final version of the programme will be approved by the European Commission in 2022. Support will be provided to less developed regions and the so-called transition regions.
The main goal of the OP TAC is to increase the added value and productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises in particular, as well as the development of new innovative companies or to facilitate the transition to a sustainable and digital economy. The programme focuses on strengthening the performance of companies in research, development and innovation, business development and digital infrastructure, as well as the shift to a low-carbon economy or more efficient management of resources.
The programme is divided into 6 priorities:
Priority 1: Enhancing the performance of enterprises in research, development and innovation and their digital transformation
Priority 2: Entrepreneurship development and SME competitiveness
Priority 3: Development of digital infrastructure
Priority 4: Transition to a low carbon economy
Priority 5: More efficient use of resources
Priority 6: Technical Assistance
Interventions to meet the objectives of RIS3 will be provided from the Priorities 1, 2 and 3, and a total of CZK 38.48 billion has been allocated to them from the EU funds.
Operational Programme Jan Amos Comenius (OP JAC)
The managing authority is the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS).
OP JAC was approved by the Czech Government, negotiations with the EC are still ongoing, and it is assumed that the final version of the programme will be approved by the European Commission in 2022. Support will be provided to beneficiaries in the less developed regions and the so-called transition regions, and, in some areas, also to beneficiaries in a more developed region – the Capital City of Prague.
The main goal of OP JAC for the programming period 2021-2027 is to support the development of an open and educated society based on knowledge and skills, equal opportunities and developing the potential of each individual. The structure reflects the priority themes co-financed by the EU funds and is divided into 4 priorities:
Priority 1: Research and development
Priority 2: Education
Priority 3 and 4: Technical assistance
Interventions to meet the objectives of RIS3 will be provided primarily from the Priority 1, in which CZK 42.10 billion has been allocated from the EU funds for this purpose. Possible interventions from the Priority 2 are subject to further specification.
Integrated Regional Operational Programme (IROP 2021 - 2027)
The managing authority is the Ministry of Regional Development (MRD).
The IROP was approved by the Czech Government, negotiations with the EC are still ongoing, and it is assumed that the final version of the programme will be approved by the European Commission in 2022. Support will be provided to beneficiaries in less developed regions and so-called transition regions.
The main objective of interventions is to strengthen the regional competitiveness and the quality of life of the population, while taking into account the balanced development of the territory and the diversity of needs.
IROP will support 7 basic areas:
Priority 1 - Improving the public administration performance
Priority 2 - Green infrastructure of cities and municipalities and protection of the population
Priority 3 - Development of transport infrastructure
Priority 4 - Improving the quality and accessibility of social and health services, educational infrastructure and cultural heritage development
Priority 5 - Community-led local development
Priority 6 - Development of urban mobility
Priority 7 - Technical Assistance
The IROP will finance a number of activities, of which Priority 1 - Improving the performance of public administration is linked to RIS3, because the support for cyber security and the provision of new digital state services for citizens (eGovernment) will be provided within this area. CZK 13 billion from the EU funds have been allocated for this purpose.
Operational Programme Just Transition (OP JT 2021 - 2027)
The managing authority is the Ministry of the Environment (MoE).
The Just Transformation Operational Programme for the period 2021–2027 is a completely new programme aimed at addressing the negative effects of coal diversion in the most affected regions (the so-called coal regions). In the Czech Republic, this applies to the Karlovy Vary, Moravian-Silesian and Ústí nad Labem regions. The aim of the support is to enable regions and people to address the social, economic and environmental impacts of a transformation aimed at achieving the European Union's 2030 energy and climate goals and the Union's climate-neutral economy by 2050.
OP JT will support a range of topics, including research, innovation and digitization, which are related to the RIS3 strategy.
The exact wording of the programme is still being prepared, including the allocation of funds to support individual thematic areas.