To date, 43 projects with a total value of 43.5 million EUR 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. 13 projects, amounting to approx. 17.2 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 13 projects were approved for a total of approx. 12.4 mio. EUR ERDF funds.
So far, a bit more than 97 % of all available programme funds were awarded or contracted. The remaining funds, a bit less than 1.5 million EUR ERDF are available in the 5th deadline for submission of applications, which will be open until 4 July 2019 (the submission of applications will be possible through the eMS system by 12:00 noon).
Based on a review of 43 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, and projects involving research institutions in the field of management and utilization of water resources (investment priority 6f) within priority axis 2. Considering the amount of available funds and the achievement of the values of the programme indicators, the recommendation that the projects submitted in the 5th deadline for the submission of applications under priority axis 1 should not exceed 500,000 EUR ERDF should be followed, projects under priority axis 2, more specific under investment priority 6f, should not exceed 350,000 EUR ERDF and, under priority axis 3, the projects submitted should not exceed 250,000 EUR ERDF.
We strongly recommend that the project partners contact the competent national / regional authority and the Joint Secretariat at the time of preparation of the project application or prior to the submission of the project proposal. Experience has shown that such an approach enables more successful project preparation.
The Open Call and the Application Pack are available under the following link: Open Call and Aplication Pack.