To date, 41 projects with a total value of EUR 42.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) have been approved in the frame of the cross-border Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Slovenia-Austria. The programme co-finances activities in three priority axes. Within the priority axis 1 “Strengthening cross-border Competitiveness, Research and Innovation“, 17 projects worth approx. 13.9 million EUR ERDF have been approved so far. 12 projects, amounting to approx. 16.6 million EUR ERDF were approved under priority axis 2 “Protecting the Environment and Promoting Resource Efficiency“. In the area of ”Enhancing Institutional Capacity and an Efficient Public Administration” (priority axis 3), also 12 projects were approved for a total of approx. 12 mio. EUR ERDF funds.
So far, a bit more than 94 % of all available programme funds were awarded or contracted. The remaining funds, a bit more than 2.3 million EUR ERDF funds are available in the 4th deadline for submission of applications, which will be open until 28 November 2018 (the submission of applications will be possible through the eMS system by 12:00 noon). The table presents the still available funds by priority axis:
Based on a review of the 41 approved projects, we found that at programme level we have not yet achieved all the planned values of the programme indicators. The indicators for which the values have not yet been achieved relate to research and development projects (specific objective 1) and to the topic of internationalization (specific objective 3) within priority axis 1, bio-and geodiversity (investment priority 6c) within priority axis 2 and projects involving research institutions in the field of management and utilization of water resources (investment priority 6f). Considering the amount of available funds within the priority axis 1 and the achievement of the values of the programme indicators, the recommendation that the projects submitted in the 4th deadline for the submission of applications under this priority axis should not exceed 550,000 EUR ERDF should be followed.
The Open Call and the Application Pack are available under the following link: Open Call and Aplication Pack.