Hike to the three corners border between Slovenia, Austria and Italy at the European Cooperation Day

picture gallery On Saturday, 21 September 2013, the participants gathered in the village Rateče (Slovenia), where they were briefly welcomed by the organizers of the hike. The welcome was followed by the presentation of the project NH-WF (Natural hazards without borders) which is in the frame of the Operational Programme Slovenia-Austria 2007-2013 co-financed with ERDF funds. The Lead Partner of the project, the ZAMG (Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik), prepared a weather forecast especially for the hiking tour to the three corners border. Together with the project partners, Lawinenwarndienst Kärnten, Geografski inštitut Antona Melika Znanstvenoraziskovalnega centra Slovenske akademije znanosti in umetnosti and Geodetski Inštitut Slovenije the purpose and content as well as the first results of the project, which are also described on the website of the project NH-WF, were presented. During the ascent to the Ofen, a 1509m high point at which the borders of the three named countries cross, the hike was enriched with presentations of projects, namely the projects CAAR (the project is being implemented in the cross-border programme INTERREG IV Austria-Italy 2007-2013) and Julius (the project is being implemented in the cross-border programme Italy-Slovenia 2007-2013). At the top, the participants were given speeches by the Managing Authorities of the programmes involved. Marko Drofenik, Head of the Managing Authority and Laura Lajh Rauter, Programme Manager, emphasized in their speeches among other things the importance of cross-border cooperation and its strengthening through the organization of joint events such as this symbolic hiking tour to the intersection of three countries. The participants continued their hike towards the mountain hut on the Austrian side where, accompanied by the musicians of the project ECHOS (the project is being implemented in the cross-border programme Italy-Slovenia 2007-2013), the presentations of the projects MICOTRA (the project is being implemented in the cross-border programme INTERREG IV Austria-Italy 2007-2013) and CLIMAPARKS (the project is being implemented in the cross-border programme Italy-Slovenia 2007-2013) were held. In addition, also the second project which is in the frame of the Operational Programme Slovenia-Austria 2007-2013 cofinanced with ERDF funds, namely the project GOAL, was presented. The representative of the Lead Partner familiarized the audience with the content of the project, with which the project partners Kärntner Zivilschutzverband, Landesfeuerwehrverband Steiermark, Gasilsko reševalna služba Kranj, Uprava RS za zaščito in reševanje in the frame of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Slovenia, have set themselves the goal of enhancing the collaboration between the (emergency) services and authorities in Carinthia, Styria and Slovenia in order to overcome potential disasters in the project area and other regions with similar environmental conditions. More information on the project is available on the project website. The event had a strong symbolic value in terms of cooperation in cross-border programmes, both at the operational level (the joint organization of the event) as well as in the wider context in terms of deepening the relations between states and their populations. At the same time, it also offered a suitable opportunity to exchange experiences, opinions and of course for the socializing of representatives from various institutions (Managing Authority, Joint Technical Secretariat, Lead/Project Partner, etc.). More information on cross-border cooperation and the event is available on the following web-pages: MEDT programme Italy-Slovenia programme INTERREG IV Austria-Italy European Cooperation Day