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About Project

Leading partner: Agencja Rozwoju Regionalnego S.A. in Bielsko Biala (Regional Development Agency)
Project partner: Spolok Cechov Kysúc (Kysuce Guild Association), Turzovka
Project name: Turistickí partneri v Beskydoch (Tourist Partners in the Beskids)
Priority axis: 2. Social and Economic Development
Cooperation theme: 1. Development of Cross-border Cooperation in Tourism
Value of the European Regional Development Fund’s contribution: €211,599.94




Project Objectives

Main Objective:

  • Increasing tourist attractiveness of the Polish-Slovak border areas in the territory of the districts Čadca and Námestovo (on the Slovak side) and the counties of Cieszyn, Zywiec and Bielsko (on the Polish side)

Specific Objectives:

  • Promotion of cross-border cooperation
  • Organising common cross-border activities in the area of tourism
  • New tourism products development

Project Description

Previous experience and practice show that the cross-border cooperation in the area of common harmonised development was supported by the inclusion of Poland and Slovakia into the Schengen Area. In recent years, the level of investments in the tourism sector grew in the area of the Slovak border region, mainly in ski infrastructure. So the activities that can help to extend the tourist season into the spring and autumn months assume importance. The investments in tourism are being realised independently on the both sides of the border but without a common vision for the Beskids. One of the main objectives of the project is to try to change this situation, to turn the individual and competitive activities into homogenous, joint and coordinated ones that would be realised on the both sides of the border – the beginning of close cooperation leading to common projects and development of the Beskids. The pilot event, the elaboration of a common Slovak-Polish tourist offer (Beskidian Passport), preparation of a joint strategy and development and tourism promotion plan, and subsequently Slovak-Polish promotion of the product at national and international tourism fairs, is a supplement of the project. Another result of the project will be the establishment of the Slovak-Polish association Beskidian Passport comprised of the entrepreneurs and institutions involved in tourism with a view of further joint activities.

Activities within the project are divided into 5 main stages

1st Stage


2nd Stage

Project control

3rd Stage

Analysis of situation, tourist facilities potential and cooperation possibilities

  • Creating regional work groups for making methodology, SWOT analysis and local development strategies
  • Joint analysis of the current state in local tourism development strategies in the particular villages related to the project, SWOT analysis in relation to the potential of regions and threats to tourism development
  • Project website design and its launch

4th Stage

Working out a strategy for tourist attractions identification in the villages engaged in the project

  • Elaboration of a cross-border tourism development strategy and a tasks plan for the period of 5 years (including local tourist attractions analysis, strategy elaboration and international training in creating strategies)
  • Public consultations on the strategy
  • Meetings of tourist industry representatives – the Beskidian Passport as a new tourist product and the advantages for tourists connected with it

5th Stage

Drawing up a Beskidian Passport, publicity material and presentation of the new tourist product at trade fairs

  • Passport preparation
  • Drawing up the plan and scenario for Beskidian Passport’s presentation at fairs and exhibitions
  • Final conference for the representatives of self-governments, local and regional authorities, tourism sector and local communities
  • Participation at tourism fairs
  • Production of information boards presenting the Beskidian Passport
  • Finalisation of the project and work for Common Technical Secretariat and press conference for media representatives connected with project results presentation




The global objective of programme is the intensification of Polish-Slovak co-operation based on the partnership contributing to sustainable development of the border area.

The specific objectives for co-operation in the cross-border region:

  • The development of Polish-Slovak partnership co-operation within the range of improvement of the cross border infrastructure condition oriented towards spatial integration, better accessibility and attractiveness for inhabitants, investors and tourists,
  • The promote of Polish-Slovak partnership co-operation for sustainable social-economic, environmental and cultural development of the Polish – Slovak cross border region,
  • To promote local initiatives and establish cross-border contacts through implementation of microprojects based on people to people actions.


  • Poland – 3 subregions (NUTS III): bielsko-bialski, nowosądecki, krośnieńsko-przemyski and 4 poviats (NUTS IV): oświęcimski (krakowsko-tarnowski subregion), pszczyński (central śląski subregion), rzeszowski and Rzeszów poviat (rzeszowsko-tarnobrzeski subregion). In pszczyński, oświęcimski, rzeszowski and Rzeszów poviats projects will be implemented pursuant to art. 21 of the Regulation on the European Regional Development Fund (hereinafter referred to as the Regulation on EFRR) No 1080/2006 allowing for the possibility to allocate up to 20% of the programme budget for the areas neighbouring with the main programme area.
  • Slovak Republic – 2 regions border (kraje - NUTS III): Žilinský, Prešovský.


The main objective of the priority is  the development of Polish-Slovak partnership co-operation within the range of improvement of the cross border infrastructure condition oriented towards spatial integration, safety, better accessibility and attractiveness for inhabitants, investors and tourists.

Operational aims of priority axis:

  • Improvement of direct connections in the field of transport and communication between Polish and Slovak side of border area,
  • Improvement of condition of environmental protection infrastructure in the border area ,
  • Improvement of condition of cross-border infrastructure within the range of protection against natural disasters,
  • Utilization of renewable energy sources,
  • Development of information community ,
  • Support of direct investments to the infrastructure in the border areas.
  • Support of strategic projects
Theme of co-operation 1.1: Communication and transportation infrastructure

Indicative list of activities:

  • modernization and development of the existing infrastructure, especially the road connections,
  • development and modernization of infrastructure facilitating crossing the border, eg. through modernization and construction of the local roads leading to the border,
  • adaptation of border buildings  to new functions of the border crossings,
  • preparation the new solutions within the scope of multi-modal transport especially the studies and concepts,
  • development of telecommunication networks and contributing to a development of the information society, taking into consideration modern communication solutions (the Internet).

Theme of co-operation 1.2: Environmental infrastructure

Indicative list of activities:

  • construction of cross-border infrastructure of regional and local importance for improvement of direct connections between PL and SR sides of the border area,
  • development of the systems to improve the quality and efficiency of public transportation and multimodal transport,
  • investments in accessibility and quality of regional and local roads, cycle tracks, regional and local inland waterways in border area,
  • joint planning and better management of transport services in the border area,
  • construction of cross-border infrastructure in the field of environment, nature protection, natural resources, renewable energy and systems to increase their quality,
  • development of common systems of inhabitants protection against natural disasters,
  • joint planning and better management of environmental services in border area.

Priority 2: Social and economic development

The main objective of the priority is to promote Polish-Slovak partnership co-operation for sustainable social-economic, environmental and cultural development of the Polish – Slovak border region.

Operational aims of priority axis:

  • Growth of tourist attractiveness of  border region,
  • Preservation of regional cultural heritage,
  • Protection of nature’s biodiversity,
  • Creation of thematic networks of partnership co-operation and thematic clusters,
  • Development of human resources and education,
  • Increase utilisation of information and telecommunication technology.

Theme co-operation 2.1: Development of cross-border co-operation in tourism

Indicative list of activities:

  • development of tourist infrastructure,
  • development of existing and probable spas and public health care institutions,
  • learning Polish and Slovak languages and exchange of information and data co-operation in the area of tourism, sports and recreation,
  • development of ecotourism and agrotourism,
  • promotion and protection of regional tourist products in the border area.

Theme of co-operation 2.2: Protection of cultural and natural heritage

Indicative list of activities:

  • assistance and creation of new tourist products using the cultural and natural values of the border area,
  • support activities of cultural institutions,
  • protection of cultural heritage objects (protection and care for monuments) and natural heritage,
  • protection of the cross- border threats for fauna and flora.

Theme of co-operation 2.3: Networking

The networks made within this subject will be thematic networks referring for example to economic, educational, cultural co-operation as well as co-operation concerning safety on both sides of the border. The thematic networks will also concentrate on improving the potential of the cross-border area in the field of research and development and innovation. Thus, within the framework of subject 3 co-operation among the universities, scientific institutes, research institutions, the institutions of business environment and organisations of entrepreneurs is promoted.

Indicative list of activities:

  • support of development co-operation networks of economic and civil participants that will deal with the relevant thematic activities in supported areas,
  • development of common education services,
  • common systems development of labour market and social services,
  • cross-border co-operation development between businesses, research and development institutions,
  • support of cross-border development of industry activities and industry clusters,
  • support for development of new products and better management in tourism, culture and tradition crafts,
  • investments to cross-border tourist infrastructure,
  • organize common cross-border undertakings in the area of tourism and culture,
  • investments connected with natural heritage protection,
  • support of creating common products of culture, tourism, and traditional crafts,
  • support of common rescue system,
  • development and implementation of joint e-services.

Priority 3: Supporting local intitiatives (micro-projects)

The main objective of the priority to promote local initiatives and establish cross-border contacts through implementation of micro projects based on people to people actions.

Operational aims of priority axis:

  • Establishing and strengthening of direct contacts between Polish and Slovak communities of the border area,
  • Developing a basis for further projects in the future,

Indicative list of activities:

  • strengthening mutual co-operation,
  • renewal and maintenance of the regional cultural traditions,
  • development of human resources and education,
  • development of common cross-border undertakings in the area of education, sport and culture,
  • support of creating common products of culture, tourism, and traditional crafts,
  • supporting small infrastructure projects.

Priority 4: Technical assistance

The main objective is the assuring implementation, management, promotion, monitoring and control of the program.

Operational aims:

  • management support,
  • programme implementation,
  • programme control,
  • programme promotion,
  • programme monitoring,
  • programme evaluation,

Indicative list of activities:

  • preparation of materials for the project selection, their consideration and continuous monitoring of project implementation,
  • programme administration,
  • preparation of the Monitoring Committee/Subcommittee meetings,
  • verification and control of operations on the place of their implementation,
  • operation of the monitoring system designed for programme administration, continuous monitoring and evaluation,
  • consultations with applicants during project preparation,
  • information and publishing accordance with article 69 Regulation No. 1083/2006,
  • training for the implementation structures,
  • programme evaluation.


Cross-border Co-operation Programme  Republic of Poland – Slovak Republic 2007-2013 is co-financed from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). National co-financing is provided by partners and participants.
Total programme budget – 185 185 603 EUR, ERDF co-financing – 157 407 763 EUR.

Co-financing rate:

Polish partner can receive from the ERDF up to 85% of the eligible expenditure as a refund of the incurred costs.


Potential beneficiaries of the Programme are:

  • self-government units and their unions and associations,
  • public administration units established by state or self-government in purpose of providing of public services,
  • non- profit NGOs,
  • European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation.




Spolok Cechov Kysúc


The objective of the association is to:

  • associate representatives of various professions and entrepreneurial sectors
  • support and promote all the activities related to support and activities of the representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises in the region of Kysuce
  • gather up-to-date information about possibilities of gaining support for the entrepreneurs of the Kysuce region from EU Structural Funds
  • gather up-to-date information from the domains of taxes, law, duties and others needed to carry out business activities and provide them to the association’s members
  • organise meetings, courses, workshops and other events dedicated to the problems of small and medium-sized enterprises
  • cooperate with the existing organisations engaged in business support on the local level in the region of Kysuce
  • cooperate on the joint projects with local self-government and state authorities in the region of Kysuce
  • help the development of small and medium-sized enterprise sector in Kysuce region within the association’s own activities
  • represent the interests of its own members officially


Agencja Rozwoju Regionalnego


RDA Bielsko-Biala is experienced, non-profit regional organization actively working on the field of regional development and regional capacity building. RDA Bielsko-Biała is also strongly involved in implementation of EU co-financed projects. We took part in such programmes as: Interreg IIIC, Interreg IIIB CADSES, European Territorial Cooperation Programme PL-SK 2007-2013, Central Europe Programme, Intelligent Energy Europe, Leonardo da Vinci and pre accession programs such as PHARE. RDA Bielsko-Biala through its active involvement in regional policy making, business environment creation, business support activities and services, gained sufficient experience and has established wide network of cooperating international, national and regional organizations and authorities, science parks and clusters. Close cooperation with regional business, authorities and R&D sector brought valuable results, just to mention the development of a Beskid Technology Incubator BIT, established in 2005 and operated since that within RDA structure

Range of services offered:

  • regional policy development
  • business environment creation and support
  • consultancy
  • SME support and development activities
  • project development and management
  • internationalization services
  • clustering services
  • business incubation and company coaching
  • start-up and spin-off services
  • training programs development and execution




  • Analysis of the current state of local tourism development strategy in the various municipalities involved in the project and the SWOT analysis carried out in relation to potential threats in the regions and the development of tourism made ​​separately for the Polish and Slovak part
  • Development of the Joint Cross-Border Tourism Development Strategy and Action Plan for 5 years
  • Analysis of local tourism attractions and labeling of objects covered by the project
  • Developing a concept of a new tourism product – Passport of Beskidy
  • Promotion Activities – Passport of Beskidy, folders and promotional DVD
  • Press conference for media representatives bringing achievements of the project
  • The final project conference for representatives of local, regional and local authorities, the tourism sector and local communities

The main products of the project

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