Regional Development

Regional Competitiveness Operational Programme (RCOP) in accordance with its title is characterised by regional or local dimension of all its priorities and measures, except for the Priority Axis 3.

Since one of the aims of the Operational Programme is to balance the development of economy in all counties, around 40% of funds of the Regional Competitiveness Operational Programme are intended for ten counties which have more than 50% of the territory categorised as the Area of Special State Concern (ASSC). All ten counties are within NUTS II regions that have GDP below the national average, and those are the following counties: Lika-Senj County, Vukovar-Srijem County, Zadar County, Šibenik-Knin County, Sisak-Moslavina County, Požega-Slavonija County, Karlovac County, Virovitica-Podravina County, Brod-Posavina County, Osijek-Baranja County.

Local and regional self-government will have at their direct disposal funds of the Priority Axis 1 Improving development potential of the lagging behind regions that will be allocated in the form of grants to the local and regional self-government units and institutions in the areas that lag behind in development and help develop business support system, that is, invest in infrastructure. This project will finance the infrastructure investments will be financed in combination with human resource investments that are needed for the enhancement of the business support base and development of endogenous potential of economic growth. The focus will be on the existing and new business infrastructure, ranging from the basic public utility infrastructure within the existing business zones to the infrastructure and services directed to a high value production.   

In accordance with the aforementioned, all projects will be carried out on regional or local levels, and thus contribute to the entire economy.