The Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy (GODC) in the role of the Managing Authority (for the cross-border cooperation programmes Interreg V-A Slovenia-Austria, Slovenia-Hungary and Slovenia-Croatia) hosted representatives of the executive bodies of the cross-border cooperation programme Kosovo-Macedonia 2014-2020, carried out under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance, on a three-day study visit. Apart from the members of the Joint Secretariat of this cross-border program, the representatives of the ministries of local self-government from Kosovo and Macedonia, also the responsible ministers, Ivan Todosijević (Kosovo) and Suhelj Fazliu (Macedonia) attended the visit to Slovenia. Minister Alenka Smerkolj welcomed the delegation and presented the experiences of the Republic of Slovenia in the field of managing the cross-border cooperation programmes with neighbouring countries and with the implementation of the European cohesion policy, through which, in her view, the European solidarity is pursued.
The institutional structures for the management of cross-border cooperation programs, measures for better programme management and the elimination of administrative burdens for beneficiaries, information and publicity activities, the information system (eMS) and the fulfilment of the criteria for e-cohesion and examples of projects co-financed in the frame of the cross-border cooperation programme Slovenia-Austria were presented to the guests.
The guests pointed out that the experience of the presented programmes are comparable and directly transferable and therefore extremely useful in practice. They expressed their wish for further exchange of experience in the field of development planning and implementation of cross-border programmes, and both ministers agreed that cross-border cooperation programmes are extremely important, as they contribute to the coexistence of the inhabitants in the border area, and allow the beneficiaries (municipalities) to obtain direct experience with the implementation of projects co-financed by the EU funds already in the pre-accession period.