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Conference on cross-border cooperation between Slovenia and Austria 2014-2020

In the frame of the preparations of the Programme of cross-border cooperation between the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Austria in the financial perspective 2014-2020, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology (MEDT), which is the Managing Authority for the programme in the current financial period 2007-2013, organized a conference on cross-border cooperation of the two countries in the upcoming seven year period on 29 January 2014 in Radenci, Slovenia. The event provided an opportunity for networking, sharing experience with project partners of other projects and the representatives of the programme bodies and for the development of ideas for potential projects. In the frame of the workshops, the participants also had the opportunity to receive concrete explanations to their questions. At the conference, the experience with the implementation of the current 67 million euros worth cross-border programme Slovenia-Austria 2007-2013 (in the frame of which there were 77 projects contracted which practically represent all available funds) were presented, thus the focus was primarily on the financial period 2014-2020 and the bilaterally selected thematic objectives which will be co-financed in the following seven year period. In parallel to the implementation of programme activities and the monitoring of the projects that are being co-financed in the frame of the Operational Programme Slovenia-Austria 2007-2013, also activities in connection with the preparation of the content and the structure of the programme of cross-border cooperation between the two partner countries in the future seven year period are taking place. Thus, in the future, the programme funds of around 48 million euros in funding from the European Regional Development Fund will therefore support the strengthening of research, technological development and innovation, the enhancement of the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, the promotion of environmental protection and an efficient use of resources and the enhancement of institutional capacity and an efficient public administration. Slovenia and Austria are acceding to the fourth financial period in which projects are being co-financed with European funds. Based on the good bilateral relations between the two countries involved in the programme, a number of bilateral projects have been implemented that strengthen the knowledge of the border regions and contribute to cross-border integration and cooperation. The results of those projects are visible on both sides of the border. Besides, the conference in Radenci was only one event in a series of activities that will assist both countries involved in the current programme to prepare a strategic document, which has to be submitted for approval to the European Commission by 22 September 2014, for the financing of the joint projects with funds from the European Regional Development Fund. gallery

Successfully implemented Project fair in the frame of the European Cooperation Day 2012

Maribor, 21 September 2012 – The European Cooperation Day, which is organised under the auspices of the European Commission and the INTERACT programme, was celebrated throughout Europe today. In the framework of the events, joined under the slogan “Sharing borders, growing closer”, the programmes of cross-border and territorial cooperation were presented. In Slovenia, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, as the Managing Authority for the programmes of cross-border cooperation with Austria, Hungary and Croatia in the programme period 2007–2013, organised a project fair at the Leon Štukelj square in Maribor. Those programmes of cross-border cooperation and some projects, which are implemented in the framework of these three programmes, were presented. In 2004 with the help of the EU funds Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary prepared a trilateral programme of cross-border cooperation to better prepare for the consequences of expansion and to strengthen the relationships between the countries. The programme gave the basis for the development and implementation of joint development programmes in the field of economic and social cohesion, development of human resources and sustainable development. This paved the way for the new programmes of cross-border cooperation of Slovenia with Croatia and Hungary in the current programming period 2007–2013. Today, Slovenia successfully continues with the implementation of cross-border cooperation with Austria in the programming period 2000–2006. On the basis of good relationships of both countries included in the programme, numerous bilateral projects were designed and the results of these projects are visible on both sides of the border. The projects, which are designed in the framework of the Operational Programme Slovenia–Austria 2007–2013, strengthen the knowledge of border regions and contribute to cross-border cooperation in the field of competitiveness, knowledge and economic cooperation as well sustainable development. As was underlined by the keynote speaker at the project market Marko Drofenik, Acting Director-General of the Regional Development and European Territorial Cooperation Directorate at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, numerous good and successful projects were implemented in the framework of the cross-border cooperation between Slovenia and the neighbouring countries (projects in the field of the promotion and economy and the promotion and strengthening of small and medium-sized enterprises, their cooperation and joint activity in the markets, projects that promote cultural exchanges and events, regional development, natural resource management, social and cultural development, projects dealing with the environment and energy and the cooperation between institutions such as public health services and fire brigades, projects in the field of tourism, aimed at the establishment of joint cross-border tourist destinations). The Acting Director-General said that in the framework of the Operational Programme Slovenia–Austria two joint public calls for proposals were published in the current programming period. In the framework of these two calls 69 projects in the overall value of 62,587,641.73 Euros (99.2 percent of the available funds) were approved. Two public calls for proposals were also published in the framework of the Operational Programme Slovenia–Hungary. In the framework of these two calls 40 projects in the overall value of 29,131,640.66 Euros (99.50 percent of the available funds) were approved. 45 projects in the overall value of 26,044,074.90 Euros (67.8 percent of the available funds) were approved in the framework of the Operational Programme Slovenia–Croatia, in the framework of which three public calls for proposals were published thus far. For the last, i.e. third call for proposals, worth 10,817,946 Euros of the IPA funds, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology received 227 project proposals which are currently being evaluated for administrative adequacy and eligibility. As was underlined by the Marko Drofenik, Acting Director-General, Slovenia is aware of the importance of economic and political cooperation of the neighbouring countries and the importance of a harmonious development of regions. “On the basis of the promotion of a harmonious and sustainable regional development, competitiveness and knowledge and economic cooperation in the programme area, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, together with the cross-border partners, tries to ensure the conditions and the opportunities for the potential applicants to realise their projects, with a certain amount of financial aid, and, thus, contribute to the development of regions and the realisation of the objectives of the individual programmes”. You can find more about the individual cross-border programme at: http://www.mgrt.gov.si/en/ http://www.si-at.eu/start_en/ http://www.si-hu.eu/start_en/ http://www.si-hr.eu/start_en/ Photo gallery

Signing ceremony of the Subsidy contracts of the OP SI-AT (second deadline of the 2nd Open Call)

The Government Office for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy (GOSP) as Managing Authority of the Operational Programme for Cross-border Cooperation between Slovenia and Austria in the programme period 2007-2013, organises the signing ceremony of the Subsidy contracts for projects approved within the second deadline of the 2nd Open Call which will take place on Wednesday, 28th September 2011 in the Dvorec Bukovje in Bukovje pri Dravogradu, Slovenia. Slovene German

Signing of Subsidy Contracts for Projects approved within the first deadline of the first Call

Maribor, 23 June 2009 The Government Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy (GOSP), headed by Minister Zlata Ploštajner, today organised a signing ceremony of the first subsidy contracts approved within the first deadline of the 1. Open Call for proposals in the frame of the Operational Programme Slovenia-Austria 2007–2013. The signing ceremony was attended by representatives of the Managing Authority, programme partners and representatives of lead or project partners. GOSP has been entrusted with the role of Managing Authority for the cross-border co-operation with Austria for the period 2007–2013. This is an acknowledgement of its previous work, as well as a huge responsibility for effective implementation of the programme. In 2008, GOSP issued the 1. Open Call for proposals for co-funding of projects from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the amount of EUR 31,542,394, which was available for co-funding activities under two priorities. The first priority is promotion of compatibility, knowledge and economic co-operation (development of small and medium-sized enterprises, tourism, environment, the knowledge-based economy, thematic priorities), while the second priority is linked to the promotion of sustainable and balanced development (natural resources management, environment and energy, urban and regional development, social and cultural development). Both priorities also include activities aiming at promoting human resources development, networking, innovation, information and communication technology, sustainable development and equal opportunities. The co-financing applies to eligible expenditure only. The EU co-funding from the ERDF can amount to the maximum of 85% of the public funding. In Slovenia, the statistical regions eligible for funds tendered within the first deadline of the 1. Open Call for proposals are Gorenjska, Koroška, Savinjska, Podravska, Pomurska and Osrednjeslovenska (the latter is included as an adjoining area to the eligible area); in Austria, eligible regions are East Styria, West Styria and South Styria, Klagenfurt-Villach, Lower Carinthia, South Burgenland and the adjoining areas of Graz, Upper Styria-East, Upper Styria-West and Upper Carinthia. The final decision to approve the projects was adopted by the Joint Monitoring Committee of the Slovenia-Austria Operational Programme 2007–2013 at its regular meeting held on 25 and 26 February 2009. The Joint Monitoring Committee is composed of representatives of the two participating countries. It approved co-funding for 20 projects, 8 within the first priority and 12 within the second priority. Data on the approved projects and all other information concerning the programme is available on the website of the programme www.si-at.eu and at http://www.si-at.eu/start_sl/. Photo Gallery

Meeting between Minister Zlata Ploštajner, MSc and Governor Franz Voves

Minister responsible for local self-government and regional development, Zlata Ploštajner, MSc and Governor of the Austrian Province of Styria, Franz Voves spoke about the cooperation in the framework of the cross-border cooperation programme between the Austrian Province of Styria and Slovenia and underlined the key achievements of the cooperation thus far. In the first part of the meeting which took place in Graz the Minister and Governor also exchanged their views on the cooperation within the Euro-regional connections and made the following conclusions: • The Republic of Slovenia and the Province of Styria have been successfully cooperating for several years in the framework of the cross-border cooperation programmes between the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Austria. The cooperation began in 1995 with the programming period, the main objective of which was “recognition and identification” of partners, their potentials, structures and objectives. The cooperation has given good results in the field of tourism, rural development, culture, human resources and environment. • The successful cooperation continues also in the new programming period 2007-2013 as the Managing Authority for the Operational Programme Slovenia-Austria and the Joint Technical Secretariat for the above-mentioned Operational Programme are jointly established in Maribor. Connecting the two different experiences, organisational and legal structures and developmental strategies is the main challenge in the framework of the cross-border cooperation. In the programming period 2007-2013 the existing EU regulations represent a close cooperation of partnering countries in the implementation of the cross-border programmes. The first projects of the Operational Programme Slovenia-Austria 2007-2013 have already been approved, namely projects in the field of tourism, entrepreneurship, culture, health, urban development and regional development, environment and natural resources management. Signing of the contracts for the projects approved in the framework of the first deadline of the first call for proposals is foreseen to take place before the summer. Enhancing drawing on the resources of the cross-border cooperation programme contributes to realising the objective of mitigating the effects of the financial and economic crisis. In formulating further calls for proposal we shall take into consideration the measure which might contribute to mitigating the effects of the crisis. • Project cooperation with the Euro regional connections needs to be strengthened and upgraded with the framework of the macro-Euro-region. Cooperation within the Working Group Alps-Adria-Pannonia can draw from the past experiences of regional and transnational cooperation and the professional agreement reached concerning the structure and image of the future Euro-region in the project framework MATRIOSCA AAP Interreg IIIB programme. Minister Zlata Ploštajner, MSc and Governor of the Austrian Province of Styria, Franz Voves continued their meeting in Maribor where they took a look at the project “Vinsko-kulturna pot Nadvojvode Janeza”. More – Land Steiermark More – Služba Vlade RS za lokalno samoupravo in regionalno politiko

Kick-Off Event of the Operational Programme Slovenia-Austria 2007-2013

In the framework of the Operational programme Slovenia-Austria 2007-2013, the Government Office for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy as the Managing authority has organised the Kick-off event on Friday, 29 August 2008, which was dedicated to the presentation of the Slovenia-Austria Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period. The event was also attended by Minister Dr. Ivan Žagar, responsible for local self-government and regional policy, and the Austrian Federal Minister Mrs Heidrun Silhavy, responsible for regional policy and the Structural Funds. Mr Siegfried Schritttwieser, the representative of the Styrian federal state government accepted the invitation and was also present at the Event. More than 150 attendees from Austria and Slovenia, representing various institutes, development agencies, universities and municipalities and enterprises as well as companies interested in the participation in the programme were present at the event. Minister Dr Ivan Žagar pointed out at today’s presentation that the increase of funds opens even more opportunities, which is why he wishes a lot of successful and regional development-oriented projects in the future by including as many citizens, companies and institutions from both sides of the border as possible, and in particular that the entire population of this area would take advantage as much as possible of the opportunities offered by the European Union. Austrian federal minister Mrs Heidrun Silhavy has also stressed the importance of the cross-border cooperation between both countries, especially between the people who live and work in the border area. The second part of the Kick-off event was devoted to the informative workshop, where the Application pack published in the framework of the 1st Open Call for Proposals was presented. After the presentation of the Operational Programme Slovenia-Austria 2007-2013, the Managing Authority and the Joint Technical Secretariat introduced the 1st Open Call and the Application pack and forwarded explanations and instructions on how to fill in the forms. The conclusion of the event was devoted to the questions of the attendees; the dates for the following workshops planned for September were announced as well.

Press release

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