Poland. Study Visit on the Improvement of Structural Funds Efficacy through Technical Assistance, Training and Communication

The activity has been organized under the Project Romania “Services of Specialised Training for the Development of Technical and General Competences of the Personnel within the Management Authority, Intermediate Bodies and Beneficiary Institutions of the Regional Operational Programme” aiming at supporting the staff committed to the phases of evaluation, selection and implementation of projects co-funded by the Romanian Regional Operational Programme 2007-2013.
The project leader is Lattanzio e Associati in temporary consortium with Agriconsulting Europe and Magnum srl, while Formez, as the associated partner, has been given the task of organizing eight study visits under the project to be realized in various European countries on the topics selected by the Romanian Ministry, within 31 March 2011. The beneficiaries of the study visits were the officials and executives from the Romanian Ministry for Regional Development and Tourism.
On the first day in Warsaw, the Polish Operational Programme “Technical Assistance” was examined from the point of view of implementation of the information and training activities realized under the programme, as well as of the experiences collected in the period 2004/2006 and of the relative application under the current programming period.
As a case study, the Polish Operational Programme “Technical Assistance” which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, has been chosen in as much as the Programme has a financial endowment of 607 million euros of which approximately 77 are directed to promotion and communication measures.
Furthermore, it is to be underlined that Poland has been a good example of Structural Funds implementation at European level. In the afternoon session, the Romanian Delegation travelled to Wroclaw where the following day a visit to the Castle of  Książ - one of the largest castles in Silesia - was organized, which is, among others, a labyrinth of hidden corridors and walls built on the orders of Hitler during World War Two. The castle represents a good example of a project co-funded by Structural Funds. The following day, the study visit continued in Wroclaw for examining two Regional Operational Programmes “Dolnośląskie” and “Lower Silesia”. On the last day in Warsaw, the Operational Programme for the Development of “Eastern Poland” was analysed.