Operational Programme I
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Operational Programme I

Operational Programme I (OPI), titled ‘Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life’, was originally approved by the Commission on the 26th June 2007. 

Operational Programme l​ was approved by the Commission in March 2014.

The Programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF).  The Managing Authority for OPI is the Planning and Priorities Co-ordination Division (PPCD).  

Financial Allocation

OPI has a total budget of € 856,615,355. This consists of: 
​ERDF ​522,327,096
​Cohesion Fund 334,288,259
​National Funds   128,492,304
Through ERDF and the Cohesion Fund, OPI aims to develop and generate economic growth based on encouraging competitive economic activities and strengthening Malta’s physical infrastructure, leading to a better quality of life for Maltese citizens.  The EU co-financing rate for OPI is 85%.  

OPI approved projects  

List of projects being funded under Operational Programme I: 

 OPI Priorities

OPI is based on the priorities highlighted by the National Strategic Reference Framework  document. It addresses the following 7 key priority areas (Priority Axes) agreed upon between Malta and the European Commission:

Priority Axis 1 – Enhancing Knowledge and Innovation
    Priority Axis 2 – Promoting Sustainable Tourism
    Priority Axis 3 – Developing the Trans-European Network for Transport
    Priority Axis 4 – Climate Change and Resource Efficiency
    Priority Axis 5 – Safeguarding the Environment
    Priority Axis 6 – Urban Regeneration and Improving the Quality of Life
    Priority Axis 7 – Technical Assistance​


The Application Process and Procedures for Examining Applications

Calls for Project Proposals are launched by the Managing Authority and publicised widely in the media and in the Open Calls page of this website.

When a call is launched, application packs and guidance notes are uploaded on the Open Calls page of this website and information sessions are organised for interested applicants. Applicants are also given an indication of the expected duration of the project selection process.

To apply for funding, eligible organizations must submit an application form strictly within the deadline set by the call.

Submitted project proposals are evaluated and ranked by a Project Selection Committee according to procedures, eligibility criteria and selection criteria which are outlined clearly in the Guidance Notes to OPII Application Forms which are issued with every call for proposals.

The Guidance Notes and Frequently Asked Questions issued with previous calls can be accessed through the Closed Calls page.


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