Operational Programme I
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Operational Programme I

OPI - Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy to meet our challenges – 2014-2020

Programme description

Main objectives

The ERDF-CF Programme of Malta for the 2014-2020 period aims to strengthen the productivity of enterprises, boost research and innovation, enable the shift towards a more low-carbon and environmentally-friendly society, foster health and social development and increase education attainment in line with Malta’s ambition to contribute towards the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.


The focus on economic growth will create more and better jobs, increase home-grown R&D, enable SMEs to be more competitive and delve into new markets, foster entrepreneurship and encourage new start-ups and, further consolidate Malta’s achievements in ICT.


The emphasis on environmental sustainability through ERDF will increase RES and energy efficiency in buildings as well as promote a shift to low-carbon within the transport sector. Sustainable urban development will also be targeted in a holistic manner through measures for social inclusion and an improved urban environment. Moreover, specific attention will also be given to the preservation and development of Malta’s natural and cultural heritage. CF resources will be focusing on ensuring water quality and supply, sustainable water management as well as the development and upgrading and develop the TEN-T network.


This Programme focuses on social inclusion whereby interventions will focus on promoting healthy lifestyles, addressing poverty and social exclusion, including through the shift towards health and social community-based services, and increasing education attainment in further and higher education (including VET).

Priority Axes

The objectives of the Programme will be achieved through the following priority axes namely:

·         Priority Axis 1: Investing in research, technological development and innovation;

·         Priority Axis 2: Consolidating investment within the ICT sector;

·         Priority Axis 3: Enhancing Malta’s competitiveness through investment in SMEs;

·         Priority Axis 4: Shifting towards a low-carbon economy;

·         Priority Axis 5: Protecting our environment - investing in natural and cultural assets;

·         Priority Axis 6: Sustainable Urban Development;

·         Priority Axis 7: Shifting towards a more low-carbon transport sector;

·         Priority Axis 8: Investing towards a more socially-inclusive society;

·         Priority Axis 9: Developing our future through education, training and lifelong learning;

·         Priority Axis 10: Investing in a more environmentally-friendly society;

·         Priority Axis 11: Investing in TEN-T Infrastructure; and

·         Priority Axis 12: Technical Assistance

·         Priority Axis 13: Fostering resilience in the healthcare system through REACT-EU

Financial information

​Total OP budget: €676,521,971.00

EU Co-Financing Rate: ERDF (80%); CF (85%)


OPI approved projects  

List of projects being funded under Operational Programme I: 

Managing Authority

Planning and Priorities Coordination Division (PPCD)

Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA)

Triq il-Kukkanja,

Santa Venera, SVR 1411

+356 2200 1142/3

Managing Authority Website


The approved OPI - Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy to meet our challenges may be found here.​​​​

OPI Annual Implementation Reports

For more information and to view the OPI Annual Implementation Reports, please click here​.

 ​ERDF and CF Citizens' Summary: