EU support

Currently, Poland is the largest EU Fund beneficiary, while Polish and foreign investors planning to start or expand their business may rely on European Union support in the form of grants or other aid, such as preferential, interest-bearing loans. Grants are given to support investment projects selected by way of contests or other eligibility procedures (depending on aid source and purpose). Within Multiannual Financial Framework (financial perspective) for 2014-2020 Poland received EUR 82.5 billion from the cohesion policy fund to finance scientific research, infrastructure and entrepreneurship development, national digitization and professional activation.  EU Funds are distributed at regional and national level within so-called Operational Programs. Below are listed EU budget pools allocated to the Operational Programs managed at the central level:

Program title Funds allocated in 2014-2020 financial perspective (in BN EUR)
Infrastructure and Environment 27.41
Smart Growth 8.61
Knowledge Education Development 4.69
Digital Poland 2.17
Eastern Poland 2
Technical Assistance 0.7

The diagram below presents the amounts allocated to each member state for 2014-2020 (Poland received the highest amount).

Each of the aforementioned programs provides for detailed aid priorities and funds distribution plans.

The characteristics of national Operational Programs and regional program describes potential areas of support for entrepreneurs planning investments in Dolnośląskie Voivodship (The Lower Silesia Region).

Knowledge Education Development Operational Program

The Programme supports the activation of the unemployed persons, higher education, social innovation, mobility and supra-national cooperation as well as reforms in the area of employment, social inclusion, education, health and good governance.

In 2017, beneficiaries will be able to obtain support for projects including, but not limited to:

  • Support for young people on the labour market
    • who are unemployed on the regional labour market;
    • who are particularly disadvantaged;
  • Improved effectiveness of public policy pertaining to the labour market, economy and education, i.e.:
    • gender equality in all areas, including access to employment, career progression, reconciliation of work and private life;
    • support for strategic business management and building competitive advantage on the market;
    • high quality policy towards social and professional inclusion of the disabled;
    • improved employment opportunities for persons particularly exposed to social exclusion;
    • improved social services provided in the local community;
    • development of social economy;
    • high quality education system;
    • development of tools for life-long learning;
    • professional training and education tailored to the changing economy;
    • improved investment and construction processes and spatial planning;
  • Support for supra-national cooperation:
    • development of new solutions for cooperation with foreign partners;
    • import, export and implementation of new solutions;

Smart Growth Operational Program

Smart Growth Operational Program is focused on projects implemented by enterprises, which enter new markets and improve their products as a result of investments, development and implementation of innovative products or services or cooperation with research and development entities.

In 2017, the projects supporting the following areas could be financed under the Program:

  • conducting R&D works, including projects dedicated to selected industries (chemical, pharmaceutical, mineral and wood recycling, forest-based and furniture industry, video game production, power industry, unmanned systems, steel industry, electronics, telecommunications and information technologies);
  • investments in R&D infrastructure;
  • pro-innovative services for enterprises;
    • business environment institutions;
    • innovation vouchers;
    • internationalization of key clusters;
    • protection of industrial property;
  • financing of innovative activities by venture capital;
  • support for R&D results implementation;
  • support for promotion and internationalization.

Infrastructure and Environment Operational Program

Infrastructure and Environment 2014-2020 is the largest program in Poland financed by EU Funds. In 2017, the Program will finance national and international infrastructural projects, which support such issues, as:

  • support for low-carbon economy; i.e.:
    • promoting of energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources by enterprises;
    • effective heat and cold distribution;
    • promoting high efficiency heat and power cogeneration based on useful heat demand.

Digital Poland

Financing within Digital Poland Operational Program is mainly dedicated to the investment projects that expand broadband access, support the implementation of the public education or health care e-services, education activities as well as strengthening and using the potential of young, creative programmers.

In 2017, the program will only support projects implemented in cooperation with public partners in the following areas:

  • e-administration and open office:
    • high accessibility and quality of public e-services;
    • digital availability of public sector information from administrative sources and scientific resources;
    • digital availability of cultural resources;
  • Digital competences of the society:
    • digital competency development dedicated training.

Regional Operational Program for the Dolnośląskie Voivodship

The program is one of sixteen Regional Operational Program. The main Program objective is to strengthen the competitiveness of Lower Silesia region in order to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants while respecting sustainable development principles. In 2017, the following measures will be the priority:

  • Enterprises and innovation:
    • support for enterprises planning to start or develop R&D;
    • building and development of enterprise R&D infrastructure;
    • building new SME business models;
    • supporting SME product and process innovation;
  • Low-carbon economy:
    • low-carbon strategy implementation;
    • high efficiency cogeneration;
  • Environment and resources:
    • waste management;
    • water and wastewater management;
    • natural resources protection and availability;
  • Local labour market:
    • self-employment, entrepreneurship and creating new jobs;
    • reconciliation of work and private life;
    • active and healthy ageing,
  • Education:
    • ensuring equal access to high quality early childhood education;
    • improved availability and support for life-long learning;
    • adapting education and professional training systems to labour market needs.

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