Visits of projects in the frame of the European Cooperation Day on 16 September 2014

The European Cooperation Day, which is organised under the auspices of the European Commission and the INTERACT programme, is celebrated throughout Europe. In the framework of the events, joined under the slogan Sharing borders, growing closer, the programmes of cross-border cooperation are presented. In Slovenia, the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy (GOSP), as the Managing Authority for the programme of cross-border cooperation between Slovenia and Austria in the programme period 2007–2013, organises on 16 and 17 September 2014 on the spot visits of projects which are being implemented in the programme area. For the third time in a row, the European Cooperation Day is being celebrated for all cross-border cooperation programmes across Europe. In the frame of the Operational Programme Slovenia-Austria 2007-2013, the group of participants went on a bus tour to four projects which are being implemented in the frame of the programme in the northeaster part of the programme area of Slovenia and Austria on 16 September 2014. At first, the participants visited the project SKUPAJ. On the border between Slovenia and Austria, the participants were together with the project partners welcomed by the mayors of Gornja Radgona and Bad Radkersburg, Anton Kampuš and Josef Sommer. Despite the high water level of the river Mura, the participants had a look at the investments on the Slovenian and Austrian river banks and at the same time realised the difficulties of implementing such investments. On behalf of the project partnership of the project City Cooperation, Mag. Christian Fraissler-Simm (Regionalentwicklung Steiermark) and Andrej Vršič (director of LTO) introduced the participants in Bad Radkersburg to the content of the project and by using a mobile application developed in the frame of the project and escorted by four mascots of Slovenian cities of the project, presented the main attractions of the city. The participants continue their journey towards Šentilj/Spielfeld. Led by the project manager of the project BorderArch-Steiermark, Dr. Marko Mele, they visited a prehistoric site in Novine nad Šentiljem/Bubenberg bei Spielfeld, where extensive archaeological surveys and excavations in the frame of the project have been taking place since spring 2014. The on the spot visits of projects were concluded with the presentation of the results of the project EXP-ERT 2020 by the project manager Dragica Marinič in the Center eksperimentov in Maribor, where the participants also had a chance to visit the traveling exhibition about the project.