City Council approves EU funds for projects

Some 46 projects including education and transportation should get over half a billion crowns

The City Councilors agreed to support 46 projects with funds from the EU’s Operational Program Prague – Growth Pole of the Czech Republic (OP PPR). Applicants include Prague schools and kindergartens, universities, the municipality itself, the Prague 16 district and the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP).

After final approval. the city will distribute Kč 538.5 million of EU funds to the projects. The proposals still need to be approved by the members of the City Assembly. The EU funding does not cover all of the projects’ costs; the city has to make co-payments.

City Hall received 188 applications for support from the operational program on sustainable mobility and energy savings; education, training and employment promotion; and strengthening research, technological development, and innovation.

“OP PPR is a very successful subsidy program. As of September this year, the City Council approved 180 applications in the amount of Kč 2.24 billion crowns. We are now submitting for approval another 46 projects … worth more than half a billion crowns. The goal is to enable successful applicants to draw on the funds as soon as possible, that is with the maximum number of contracts to be concluded by the end of the year,” Irena Ropková, city councilor for education and European funds, said on the City Hall website.

Within the framework to support sustainable mobility and energy savings, the Prague 16 district asked to build a parking garage in Radotín with a capacity of 240 parking spaces with four spots for electric cars. The amount of support approved was Kč 126,075,950.

The education, training and employment support section had the largest number of projects. Out of 146 applications, the City Council agreed to 33 for developing students’ natural, linguistic, technical or digital skills. Applications include barrier-free schools and outdoor gardens. The total amount of the projects approved here is Kč 73 million.

Education and employment support is also covered in another part of the EU framework. The City Council approved a project worth Kč 3 million to create a children's group for employees of Prague City Hall with a capacity of 12 places for children from 2 years old until the beginning of compulsory school attendance.

Some 14 applications were submitted for strengthening research, technological development, and innovation. The City Council approved five projects to support the establishment and development of the university and private business incubators. Applicants include the University of Economics, Prague (VŠE) and the Czech University of Agriculture in Prague (ČZU). The total amount of support was Kč 140 million.

The last group of applications also fell under sustainable mobility and energy savings. All six requests from DPP for energy savings and the reduction of the environmental impact of public transport operations were approved. DPP wants Kč 196.5 million in EU subsidies to modernize air-conditioning equipment and lighting in metro stations. The stations covered are Dejvická, Smíchovské nádraží, Náměstí Republiky, Jinonice, Skalka and Můstek, all on the A-line.

Calls for more applications are being announced. Those interested in OP PPR will be able to choose from a large number of opportunities in different areas.

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