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4) Regional development instruments for airport infrastructure activities

Main activities. The work component "Regional development instruments for airport infrastructure activities" includes the following activities:

New opportunities for the new EU member states. From May 2004 the new EU member states Poland and Lithuania will be able to benefit from the full range of EU regional development and infrastructure funding possibilities including the Structural and Cohesion Funds and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is an important source for co-financing of airport infrastructure investments. Throughout the previous years several airport related projects in objective 1 regions in Italy, Ireland and former East Germany have been executed. The same approach is possible for Poland and Lithuania. The decision to involve EU funds in airport infrastructure development is made by the relevant national and regional authorities.

The potential role of Public Service Obligations. The regional development tool of Public Service Obligations (PSO) requires that a regional authority is prepared to transfer a certain amount of money to an airline - after proper EU tendering process - by taking over the commercial risk of the airline starting the operation of a new route.

Support and knowledge transfer. By the experiences of some europlanemember regions from Ireland and former Eastern Germany the europlaneproject wants to deliver support to the involved three objective 1 regional authorities in Poland and Lithuania. In an interregional approach, the instruments and tools of the above mentioned European regional development institutions shall be discussed.

Expertise. In close co-operation with EUROPLANE partners and external contacts, such as associated SEAPLANE partners, the external expert T Bridge SPA will carry out the work in component 4.

Last update: 31 October 2006

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