PUBLICATION OF THE FIRST OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE SELECTION OF PROJECTS IN THE FRAMEWORK OF CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION BETWEEN SLOVENIA AND AUSTRIA On 18 July 2008 the Government Office for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy (GOSP), led by Minister dr. Ivan Žagar, as the Management Authority for the Operational Programme of Cross-Border Cooperation Slovenia-Austria 2007-2013 published the first open call for proposals for co-financing project proposals from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with the aim of cross-border cooperation. The Operational Programme contains the following priorities: competitiveness, knowledge and economic cooperation (development of small and medium-sized companies, tourism, environment for knowledge-based economy, thematic priority areas), sustainable and balanced development (management of natural resources, environment and energy, urban and regional development, social and cultural development) and technical assistance. In addition, it includes horizontal themes, such as development of human resources, networking, innovation, information and communication technology, sustainable development and equal possibilities. Eligible areas in Slovenia are the Gorenjska, Koroška, Savinjska, Podravje, Pomurje and Central Slovenian statistical region (the latter is included as the adjoining area to an eligible area), while in Austria eligible areas are Eastern Styria, Western and Southern Styria, Klagenfurt-Villach, Lower Carinthia, Upper Styria-East, Upper Styria-West and Upper Carinthia. In the framework of this call for proposals, the sum available from the European Regional Development Fund for co-financing operations will amount to EUR 31,542,394.00. The Programme can only co-finance eligible expenditure, however, the share funded by the Community from the ERDF cannot exceed the ceiling of 85% of public financing. The Programme is open to legal entities and private entrepreneurs located in eligible areas of the Programme. If a project partnership includes a partner outside the programme area, it is to be explained why the contribution of this partner is essential for the achievement of project objectives and why the activity cannot be performed by another partner from the programme area. Indicative list of potential applicants/lead partners or project partners according to priorities: Priority 1: • Public and private institutions for company support (incubator units, technology parks, science parks, centres of excellence, centres for company support); • Companies, clusters and networks; • National, local and regional/provincial authorities; • Research institutions; • Universities, secondary schools and institutions of higher education specialized in technology and entrepreneurship; • Tourist institutions, associations and agencies; • Local and regional development organizations; • Organizations and institutions for education and training; • Institutions and organizations representing economic and social interests of employees, employers, cities and/or municipalities. Priority 2: • Local, regional and national authorities and organizations; • enterprises, clusters and networks; • Institutions and organizations in the field of nature protection and conservation, environment, risk prevention, emergency management, spatial planning, public transport; • Institutions and organizations in the field of renewable energy resources and energy efficiency; • Institutions and organizations in the field of culture, health, medicine, education and training, rural development, tourism, social affairs, labour market; • Associations and non-governmental organizations in the field of nature protection, environment, culture, education, social affairs, rural development, tourism, sport and leisure; • Institutions and organizations representing economic and social interests of employers, employees, cities and/or municipalities; • Research institutions; • Universities, secondary schools and institutions of higher education; • Associations and agencies; • Local and regional development organizations; • Training and education organisations and institutions. The minimum requirement for partnership is that there is at least one project partner from Austria and one from Slovenia. The number of project partners is not limited. All project partners must have legal, financial and operational capacity for being able to cooperate in the Programme. Application pack is available on web page www.si-at.eu. The closing date for submitting proposals is 30 September 2008. All further periods for submitting tenders will be published on website www.si-at.eu. During the period of the open call workshops will be organized where conditions for cooperation in the call will be explained in detail and help will be organized in searching for partners and for the development of projects. Timetable of workshops will be published on web page www.si-at.eu. The final decision on the selection of projects will be adopted by the Joint Monitoring Committee of the Operational Programme Slovenia-Austria 2007-2013 composed of representatives of both participating states. The results of the open call are expected to be published at the beginning of 2009. Government Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy
1st Open Call for Proposals in the frame of the Operational Programme Slovenia-Austria 2007-2013 was published on 18 July 2008. This Call for Proposals is issued by the Managing Authority, the Government Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy, represented by the Unit for Managing of Cross-border Programmes Maribor and is applicable for eligible applicants from Slovenia and Austria. The subject of this Call for Proposals is co-financing of operations from the European Regional Development Fund. Under this Call for Proposals, the amount of 31.542.394,00 EUR from the European Regional Development Fund will be available for co-financing operations.