EU Cohesion Policy 2014–2020 within the Ministry of Infrastructure
In the 2014–2020 programme period as part of the Investment for growth and jobs objective, the Ministry of Infrastructure is implementing measures related to the promotion of sustainable energy use and transport.
The European Commission set out 11 thematic objectives under which EU Member States can fund European cohesion policy measures and thus contribute to the joint achievement of the objectives enshrined in the Europe 2020 Strategy. As evident from the Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the Period 2014–2020, a total budget of EUR 636 million in EU funds has been allocated to the issues under the competence of the Ministry of Infrastructure, of which:
- Priority Axis 4 – Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors: a total of EUR 282 million in EU funds have been awarded to the sustainable use of energy, primarily for improving the energy efficiency in the public sector or for the energy renovation of buildings, energy efficiency in the household sector (ITT-integrated territorial investment, energy poverty), the construction of smart grids and the production of electricity using renewable energy sources, sustainable mobility, and
- Priority Axis 7 – Promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures: a total of EUR 354 million have been allocated to transport and transport infrastructure, primarily for the development of the core transport network with an emphasis on the development of a comprehensive, high-quality and interoperable railway system, multimodality, and for enhancing regional mobility through connectivity to trans-European transport network (TEN-T).
At the Ministry of Infrastructure, all these measures are divided into two areas:
- energy (priority axis 4), with a total of EUR 201 million of EU funds planned, and
- transport (priority axes 4 and 7), where EUR 435 million of EU funds are planned.