Operational Programme for Regional Development (2007-2009)

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

The strategic objective of the Multi-Annual Operational Programme Regional Development 2007-2009 is to support the conditions for sustainable development through the improvement of transport and environment infrastructure. In particular, the objective is focused on:

  • Improved access and safety of connections with neighbouring countries by upgrading and modernisation of the transport infrastructure along the Trans national Axes (Corridors VIII and X),
  • Support of the regional development by providing the environmental conditions necessary to ensure quality of life and economic development, by achieving compliance with applicable legislation through infrastructure investments.

2. Financial Information

Title: Multi-Annual Operational Programme Regional Development 2007-2009
CCI No: 2007 MK 16 I PO 001
Commission Decision approval: C(2007)5721 of 29 November 2007
Financing Agreement concerning the Multi-annual Operational Programme “Regional Development” for Community Assistance from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance under the Regional Development Component in the Republic of Macedonia, entered into force on 18 September 2009

3. Operating Structure and Contracting Authority

3.1 Operating Structure for the Multi-Annual Operational Programme Regional Development 2007-2009, according to Commission Decision C(2009)5753 of 24 July 2009 conferring management powers on the Republic of Macedonia concerning the management of the “Regional Development” Operational Programme, encompasses:

  • the Ministry of Finance – Central Financing and Contracting Department, as Head of the Operating Structure, the Body responsible for the Operational Programme and as the Body responsible for Priority Axis IV “Technical Assistance” in cooperation with Ministry of Transport and Communications and Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning
  • the Ministry of Transport and Communications – Unit for IPA Funds at the Department for European Union, as the Body responsible for Priority Axis I “Corridor X Motorway Completion”, Priority Axis II “Upgrading and Modernization of the Transport Infrastructure” and Priority Axis IV “Technical Assistance”
  • the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning   – Unit for Pre-Accession Assistance at the Department for Cooperation and Project Coordination, as the Body responsible for Priority Axis III “Improvement of Environmental Infrastructure” and Priority Axis IV “Technical Assistance”
  • the Agency for State Roads, as responsible for implementation of tasks sub-delegated by the Ministry of Transport and Communications under Priority Axis I “Corridor X Motorway Completion”
  • the Ministry of Finance – Central Financing and Contracting Department, as Implementing Body – Final Beneficiary for the whole Operational Programme

3.2 Contracting Authority, according to Financing Agreement concerning the Multi-annual Operational Programme “Regional Development” for Community Assistance from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance under the Regional Development Component in the Republic of Macedonia is:

Ministry of Finance
Central Financing and Contracting Department (CFCD)
Dame Gruev 14
Skopje 1000
Republic of Macedonia

4. Major Projects (more information shall be published upon the approval of the IPA Applications by the European Commission services)

  • Construction of the Remaining Link along the Corridor X to the Level of Motorway
  • Improvements in Waste Water Collection and Waste Water Treatment in Prilep

5. Operations other than major projects to be implemented under the Multi-Annual Operational Programme Regional Development 2007-2009

Information presented in the table

Priority Axis 1: Corridor X Motorway Completion

The purpose of this priority is to implement the strategic objective for a better cohesion with the EU member states and regional neighbours by completion of the Transnational Axis (Corridor X).

Specific objectives:

  • To facilitate international and transit movements of people and goods with the EU and its regional neighbours by completion of the national components of the Corridor X to the level of motorway
  • To facilitate the effective movement of persons and goods that supports improved living standards and socio-economic environment in the regions through completion of the national components of the Corridor X
  • To promote sustainable development especially through minimizing the adverse effects of transport on the environment and through improving transport safety

Priority Axis 2: Upgrading and Modernization of the Transport Infrastructure

The purpose of this priority is to implement the strategic objective for a better cohesion with the EU member states and regional neighbours, supported by varied investments in the transport infrastructure network of the country.

Specific Objectives:

  • To facilitate international and transit movements of people and goods with the EU and its regional neighbours by the modernisation and development of the Corridors and the regional core network
  • To facilitate the effective movement of persons and goods that supports improved living standards and socio-economic environment in the regions through development of the national components of the Corridors
  • To promote sustainable development especially through minimizing the adverse effects of transport on the environment and through improving transport safety
  • To develop design studies, Environment Impact Assessments (EIA), project preparation studies as feasibility studies, cost-benefit analyses, design documentation and tender documentation of the projects where pre-feasibility studies already exist and are of the priority.

Priority Axis 3: Improvement of Environmental Infrastructure

The purpose of this priority is to improve the environmental protection through investments in environmental infrastructure, and create conditions for environment friendly sustainable development.

Specific objectives:

  • To reduce the pollution by untreated wastewater by establishing the wastewater collection and treatment system meeting the EU requirements
  • To increase the number of population connected to reliable sewerage system and served by wastewater treatment of requisite parameters on effluent
  • To create conditions for sound solid waste collection and disposal and avoid further deterioration of the environment by uncontrolled waste management
  • To reduce the volume of municipal solid waste disposed to landfills and increase the share of waste separated, composted and recycled
  • To increase number of population served by waste collection and disposal in compliance with EU standards

Priority Axis 4: Technical Assistance

This priority aims to achieve effective management and implementation of the OPRD and high absorption of the IPA assistance.

Specific Objectives:

  • To achieve the administration of IPA assistance implementation within the OPRD being carried out in due course
  • To make the public well informed and aware of the support from IPA and in particular of OPRD, and to achieve positive common reputation
  • To raise the public awareness on environmental issues in particular wastewater and waste disposal measures as being necessary
  • To develop the transport and environment sectors policy and to establish sector planning documents as a framework for the actions for further development
  • The operating structure at the level of beneficiaries are able to prepare the projects and to apply for IPA assistance
  • Preparation of future operational programmes