The West Transdanubian Regional Development Agency Non-profit Company started operating on 1st July 1999 with its seat in Sopron. In order to achieve a balanced presence throughout the Region, offices were established in all five cities with county rights. Due to the years' tasks and responsibilities, the number of its employees has been constantly growing. Now, the Agency has almost 70 employees.
The Agency has an active role in establishing and operating professional relationships within and outside of the Region, in economic development and in fostering local initiatives. One of the most important tasks of the Agency is the implementation of the comprehensive territorial development programme of the West-Transdanubian Region (2007-2013/2020) through involving the most possible stakeholders in the joint planning and work. Due to its versatile work the Agency has become a key player in the development of the West Transdanubian Region.
Organisational structure of the West Transdanubian Regional Development Agency
Specialties belonging under the managing director
Specialties belonging under the strategic director
Strategic planning, project development unit
County and regional coordination unit
Specialties belonging under the Director of programme implementation
National programme implementation unit
Specialties belonging under the CFO (Chief Financial Officer)
(See the figure of the organisational structure below)
Activities of the Agency
Intermediary body of the New Szechenyi Plan West Transdanubian Operational Programme
The Agency assists in the distribution of app. 550 million EUR to applicants in 2007-2013, prepares calls for proposals, participates in decision preparation, manages the contracting process with winning applications and monitors the implementation of the projects as well. The Regional Operational Programme co-financed by the European Union supports the development of the Region in 5 areas:
Regional economic development
Environmental and transport infrastructure development
Infrastructural development of local and territorial public services.
The Department of Strategic Planning develops and monitors the Regional Operational Programme and Regional Action Plans, prepares regional calls for proposals, coordinates and implements regional key initiatives. The Department also participates in the preparation and consultation process of Development Programmes in Hungary.
Recognizing the possibility of project generation and development, the Agency established its department for project development. The tasks of the department for project development are to improve the ideas of the region with the support of the Agency, to realize optimal partnership, to harmonize regional project initiatives, as well as to organize and to coordinate project ideas according to regional demands.
Pannon Business Initiative (PBI) is working for the economic development of West Transdanubian Region with contributing to the coordination of economic development actors and with fostering innovative co-operations and activities.
Participation in International Programmes
Ever since the millennium the Agency has been inspiring and supporting the development of the cross-border social and business relationships of the Region, the improvement of its territorial integration and cohesion via participation in several International Programmes. Now the Agency participates in 4 ongoing EU co-financed projects.