On 2 October 2007, the Commissioner for Regional Policy Danuta Hübner signed the decision of the European Commission accepting the Innovative Economy Programme to be implemented. On 30 October 2007, the Council of Ministers passed the ordinance on approving the Innovative Economy Programme.
The Programme Innovative Economy is one of six national programmes under National Strategic Reference Framework, which are co-financed from EU resources. This programme is directed mostly to all entrepreneurs who want to implement innovative projects connected with research and development, modern technologies, investments of high importance for the economy or implementation and use of information and communication technologies.
In 2007-2013, within the framework of the Programme, entrepreneurs, business support institutions, research and scientific entities and institutions of public administration will be granted support exceeding EUR 10,18 billion for implementation of different kinds of projects aiming at the improvement of innovativeness of the Polish economy and Polish enterprises. This amount consists of EUR 8.65 billion from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and EUR 1.53 billion from the State budget.
The Programme aims at supporting innovativeness in its broad sense. This aid comprises both direct support for entrepreneurs, business support institutions and scientific entities providing entrepreneurs with high quality services, and systemic support, ensuring development of institutional environment of innovative enterprises.
Under the Programme, the supported activities will be those within the scope of product, process, marketing and organizational innovativeness and which directly or indirectly contribute to establishing and development of innovative enterprises.
Support under the Programme will be granted irrespectively of sector or branch it relates to (taking into account limitation caused by the scope of interventions of ERDF and regulations concerning public aid). Support of the Programme will not apply to innovativeness at the local or regional level. This kind of innovativeness will be promoted and supported within Regional Operational Programmes and Operational Programme Development of Eastern Poland. Projects which are innovative at least at the national or international level will be granted support within the Programme.
Objectives of the Programme
The overall objective of the Programme Innovative Economy 2007-2013 is the development of Polish economy based on innovative enterprises. This objective will be achieved through implementation of the following specific objectives:
Improvement of innovativeness of enterprises
Improvement of competitiveness of Polish science
Strengthening of the role of science in economic development
Increasing the share of innovative products of the Polish economy in the international market
Creation of permanent and better workplaces
Growth of the use of information and communication technologies in the economy
The overall objective of the Programme meets the goals set by the fundamental medium-term strategic document of the European Union – the Lisbon Strategy which was renewed in 2005. The main principles of the Lisbon Strategy comprise economic growth and employment, while fully complying with the objectives of sustainable development and Community Strategic Guidelines.
These objectives are implemented under the Programme through designation of 90% of the financial allocation to measures in the following areas: research and development (R&D), innovations, information and communication technologies. Therefore, the Programme Innovative Economy is compliant with the implementation of Lisbon Strategy to the greatest extent.
It should be emphasised that the Programme is not a continuation of the Sectoral Operational Programme Improvement of the Competitiveness of Enterprises, 2004-2006 (SOP ICE). Entrepreneurs wanting to implement investments of characteristics similar to those implemented within Measure 2.3 of SOP ICE Improvement of competitiveness of SMEs through investments, which was very popular, may obtain support within one of 16 ROPs, operating in their voivodeship. A complement of measures directly intended for entrepreneurs will be systemic support for networks of business support institutions and innovative business institutions (which means technology parks, technology incubators, Centres of Advanced Technology).
Funds within the Programme were divided into so-called priority axes or priorities which will allow to achieve the overall objective and specific objectives of the Programme. Under the Programme, nine priorities were defined, including 8 content-related ones and the Technical assistance priority.
The detailed division of measures falling within particular priorities are available in the measures section .
Authorities implementing the Programme
Managing Authority (MA) for the Programme is the Ministry of Regional Development (MRR). Apart from MA, there are also bodies intermediating in the Programme implementation – so-called Intermediate Bodies:
These bodies will be responsible for implementation of particular priorities of the Programme, cooperating within this scope with Implementing Authorities (2nd level Intermediate Bodies). More information on the institutional system is available in the section Authorities implementing the Programme .
Detailed contact data are available in the section Institutions in the Programme