The Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment (OPI&E) is a response to the opportunities and challenges brought about by the membership in the European Union. The Programme's objective is to improve the country's investment attractiveness. The implementation of the Programme as well as achieving the said objective require adequate preparation of the public administration and beneficiaries for the best possible use of the Programme's funds.
A characteristic feature of the Programme Infrastructure and Environment is an integral perspective on problems of the basic infrastructure which includes technical infrastructure and principal elements of the social infrastructure. The starting point for thus specified scope of the programme is the principle of maximising development effects, which is conditional upon a complementary treatment of the technical and social sphere in a single programme and implementation stream.