PBU

Thematic objectives

The Programme contributes to all of the strategic objectives and to the identified regional needs by financing the implementation of non-commercial projects referring to the following four TOs and related priorities:

  1. Promotion of local culture and preservation of historical heritage (TO HERITAGE)
    • Priority 1.1 Promotion of local culture and history;
    • Priority 1.2 Promotion and preservation of natural heritage.
  2. Improvement of accessibility to the regions, development of sustainable and climate-proof transport and communication networks and systems (TO ACCESSIBILITY)
    • Priority 2.1 Improvement and development of transport services and infrastructure;
    • Priority 2.2 Development of ICT infrastructure.
  3. Common challenges in the field of safety and security (TO SECURITY)
    • Priority 3.1 Support to the development of health protection and social services;
    • Priority 3.2 Addressing common security challenges.
  4. Promotion of border management and border security, mobility and migration management (TO BORDERS)
    • Priority 4.1 Support to border efficiency and security;
    • Priority 4.2 Improvement of border management operations, customs and visas procedures.

 

Promotion of local culture and preservation of historical heritage

TO Heritage aims at preserving and promoting the cultural and historical heritage of the cross border region, strengthening of cultural links and cooperation, improving the region’s image and attractiveness, and increasing the vitality of local communities. Presence of well-maintained cultural and natural heritage objects is closely linked to the development of cross border tourism. Therefore, tourism has been defined as a sector with the highest potential to become one of the main income generating sectors and a growing source of employment and investment, especially in rural areas. To better use the regional heritage and increase the number of incoming and local tourists various cultural and natural sites need improvement and the tourism infrastructure shall be further developed. Support under the two Priorities of this TO will therefore focus on development of cross border cultural, historical and natural potentials, as well as at development of cross border tourism. Priorities will concentrate on improving the physical state of culture and heritage “objects” as well as on “soft” activities. The development of physical infrastructure shall be supported by strengthening contacts and networks among the stakeholders in culture and tourism sectors. In addition, tourism attractiveness and sectoral growth are strongly influenced by the diversity and quality of tourism services, the region’s image and a proper seasonal spread of tourism activities. Therefore activities aiming at promotion and diversification of tourism products will also be covered by this TO.

Support under this TO shall also include financing projects with small budget (PSBs). The minimum single grant value for such project shall not be smaller than 20 000 EUR and it cannot be higher than 60 000 EUR. More details on the PSBs implementation is provided in point 5.3.2 of the JOP.

Implementation of projects within TO Heritage will contribute to Strategic Objective A “Promote economic and social development in regions on both sides of common borders” of ENI CBC.

Priority 1. Promotion of local culture and history

Proposed indicative actions within the priority:

  • Joint initiatives and events regarding promotion, development and preservation of local culture and history;
  • Joint projects to support, promote and preserve the traditional crafts and skills;
  • Joint projects promoting tourism values;
  • Joint projects concerning preparation and realisation of investments in tourist infrastructure and services increasing the use of cultural heritage in the tourism (e.g. cycle routes; educational paths, etc.), including complementary tourist infrastructure to facilitate the use of cultural heritage (e.g. bike racks, signage, infrastructure for people with special needs etc.);
  • Joint creation of tourist products respecting the need to protect the cultural heritage;
  • Stimulating cooperation between institutions in the field of historical and cultural heritage (exchange of best practices, joint trainings and other related capacities);
  • Conservation, preservation and adaptation or development of cultural heritage for tourism purposes and social, cultural, educational and other community purposes;
  • Joint initiatives directed at improvement of the objects functioning in a culture sphere;
  • Joint training of staff and exchange of staff aiming at increase of capacities in the field of cultural and historical heritage management, development of joint tourism products and services, marketing of the heritage resources of Programme area and other related capacities.

Priority 2. Promotion and preservation of natural heritage

Proposed indicative actions within the priority:

  • Joint initiatives and events regarding promotion and preservation of natural heritage;
  • Joint creation of tourist products referring to promotion and protection of the natural heritage;
  • Joint development of skills and cooperation between local and regional authorities in the field of natural resource management;
  • Common development of cross-border strategies for preservation and use of natural sites, areas, and landscapes;
  • Stimulating cooperation between institutions in the field of natural heritage protection (exchange of best practices, joint trainings);
  • Joint investments in the environmental infrastructure particularly in waste and water management in order to preserve natural heritage;
  • Conservation, preservation and adaptation or development of natural heritage for tourism purposes and social, cultural, educational and other community purposes;
  • Joint training of staff and exchange of staff aiming to increase the capacities in the field of natural heritage management, development of joint tourism products and services, marketing of the heritage resources of Programme area and other related capacities;
  • Construction, reconstruction or modernization of infrastructure increasing the use of natural heritage in the tourism (e.g. bike paths, nature trails, etc.), including complementary tourist infrastructure to facilitate the use natural heritage (e.g. bike racks, signage, infrastructure for people with special needs etc.).

The implementation of Large Infrastructure Project (LIP) related to the modernization of historic architectural objects is also possible under TO Heritage (the list of all LIPs to be financed in the Programme is presented here)

 

Imrovement of accessibility to the regions, development of sustainable and climate-proof transport and communication networks and systems 

The Programme area is characterized by a weak connectivity and insufficient communication networks and systems which hamper the cross-border contacts and impede transit traffic, and in consequence cripple the region’s attractiveness for investors. Some support was provided to alleviate these deficiencies by the previous CBC programme – the ENPI Programme Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2007-2013-  nevertheless the needs in this respect remain noticeable. Therefore, the TO shall finance actions related to improvement of transport accessibility, development of environmental-friendly transport, construction and modernization of communication networks and systems and improvement of the informational and communication infrastructure on the Programme area.

Implementation of the TO Accessibility will be complementary to the activities foreseen under TO Heritage through the improvement of the communication and informational accessibility within the tourism sector and access to the cultural and natural heritage sites. The activities planned under TO Accessibility will also be complementary to those implemented under TO Security, as far as access to security/safety services as well as health services is concerned (e.g. shortening of the reaction time of safety/security/health services).

The focus should be on development of local roads offering important cross-border effects and influence. Equally important is to integrate various transport modes and transport operators to make the passenger and cargo transit through the Programme area faster and more customer-oriented. All initiatives and efforts improving transport accessibility shall be based on environmentally friendly solutions.

Comparatively distanced and peripheral locations of many parts of the Programme area hinder the full usage of their potential. The activities carried out within the TO shall improve the connectivity and information flow between regions, concurrently contributing to the economic growth and enhancing socio-economic cohesion of the Programme area. Support under TO Accessibility will contribute to Strategic Objective C “Promotion of better conditions and modalities for ensuring the mobility of persons, goods and capital” of ENI CBC.

Priority 1. Improvement and development of transport services and infrastructure

Proposed indicative actions within the priority:

  • Joint investments in the quality and accessibility of social and economic infrastructure,
    with a focus on transport, logistic systems and transport safety;
  • Common development of multi-modal transport systems;
  • Joint developing and improving the quality of existing communication links;
  • Joint preparation of feasibility studies of transport systems;
  • Joint initiatives on promotion of sustainable passenger and freight transport;
  • Common projects on improvement of the mobility of persons and goods;
  • Joint actions aimed at supporting the sustainable development of cities and regions;
  • Developing and improving environmentally friendly low-carbon transport systems (including reducing noise level).

Priority 2. Development of  ICT infrastructure

Proposed indicative actions within the priority:

  • Joint initiatives on development and improvement of the quality of existing ICT infrastructure;
  • Joint projects on preparation of feasibility studies related to creation of broadband networks;
  • Common creation of broadband networks;
  • Joint initiatives on development of digital resources and data sharing;
  • Joint initiatives on ensuring the interoperability of ICT infrastructure.

The implementation of LIPs related to the building/modernization of the transport infrastructure of cross-border importance is also foreseen under TO Accessibility (the list of all LIPs to be financed in the Programme is presented here).

 

Common challenges in the field of safety and security

Peripheral border areas are characterised by a low quality of life of their residents, in a number of aspects ranging from difficult material conditions and worse access to the labour market, through the insufficient provision of social infrastructure to the poor access to the health care system.

The implementation of the TO Security shall serve the improvement of the quality of life of the Programme area inhabitants through the facilitation of access to health care system, the counteraction of the spread of diseases across the borders as well as the development of social services and labour market, along with the unemployment minimization. Support under this TO will contribute to Strategic Objective B “Address common challenges in environment, public health, safety and security” of ENI CBC.

Priority 1: Support to the development of health protection and social services

Proposed indicative actions within the priority:

  • Joint initiatives on enhancing the access to health;
  • Joint actions aimed at preventing the spread of human, animal and plant diseases across the borders;
  • Joint initiatives to support the development of public health;
  • Joint initiatives to support the development of social services;
  • Joint projects on stimulating cooperation between institutions in the field of fighting with unemployment.

Priority 2: Addressing common security challenges

Proposed indicative actions within the priority:

  • Joint initiatives to improve the safety of users of the transport network;
  • Joint initiatives regarding preparatory actions in case of natural and environmental disasters and emergency situations;
  • Joint initiatives on prevention of natural and man-made disasters;
  • Joint projects in the field of prevention and fight against serious and organized crime;
  • Joint actions regarding law enforcement, police and customs cooperation (exchange of intelligence information);
  • Improving qualifications of the staff in charge of rescue actions and developing the ability to participate effectively in a joint response to incurred risks;
  • Development of joint prevention, monitoring, response and disaster recovery systems.

The implementation of LIPs is also foreseen under TO Security (the list of all LIPs to be financed in the Programme is presented here).

 

Promotion of border management and border security, mobility and migration management

Implementation of this objective shall serve the enhancement of the effectiveness of the border infrastructure and procedures as well as the improvement of border security. The increased throughput capacity of the border crossings and their safety improvement condition the achievement of other Programme’s objectives.

The removal of the administrative, institutional and infrastructural obstacles in the movement of goods, services and people through the borders are the conditions of the full usage and enlargement of the socio-economic potential of the Programme area. Under TO Border, activities supporting transparency and effectiveness of customs and border clearance procedures will be supported. The aim of these activities is the acceleration of the procedures and their expected effect – the faster and safer border crossing.

The activities related to the prevention and combating of illegal migration and smuggling, fight against organized crime as well as counteraction and elimination of illegal trade of rare and endangered species will be financed under TO Borders. Moreover, the actions devoted to local border traffic as well as the border services will be supported under this objective. Support under this TO will contribute to Strategic Objective C “Promotion of better conditions and modalities for ensuring the mobility of persons, goods and capital” of ENI CBC.

Priority 1: Support to border efficiency and security

Proposed indicative actions within the priority:

  • Joint initiatives on adaptation and extension of the existing border crossings for pedestrian and bicycle traffic;
  • Joint initiatives on improving border-crossing infrastructure;
  • Joint creation of a coherent system of signs and visual identification of border crossings;
  • Joint projects regarding equipment of existing border crossings allowing streamlining of their operation;
  • Joint development and modernisation of border crossings’ supporting infrastructure.

Priority 2: Improvement of border management operations, customs and visas procedures

Proposed indicative actions within the priority:

  • Common initiatives to create the possibility of an accelerated clearance of travellers who rarely cross the border;
  • Joint initiatives for facilitating border crossing procedures and training of border and customs services’ personnel;
  • Joint initiatives to increase transparency and efficiency of customs and clearance procedures;
  • Joint initiatives to support border management in the field of prevention and combating of illegal migration and trafficking and fight against organized crime.

 

The implementation of LIPs related to the modernization of the border crossing infrastructure is foreseen under TO Borders (the list of all LIPs to be financed in the Programme is presented here).