Minister dr. Iztok Purič and Provincial Governor of Burgenland mag. Hans Peter Doskozil on the future of cross-border cooperation

Today, on 24 July 2019, at the premises of the Ljubljana Technology Park, Minister dr. Iztok Purič, responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion and Mag. Hans Peter Doskozil, Provincial Governor of Burgenland, met during the first official visit of the Provincial Governor of Burgenland to Slovenia. Burgenland participates in the cross-border programme Slovenia-Austria 2014-2020 with partners in 12 projects covering very different thematic areas. One of those projects was presented at the meeting, namely the project COOP4HEALTHCARE, in which the project partnership is committed to improving the provision of health services with a focus on nursing and care for the elderly in nursing homes.

Both Minister Purič and Provincial Governor Doskozil have expressed the importance of cross-border cooperation and the preservation of already established relations and well-functioning structures. This is reflected by implemented cross-border projects, the existing partnerships of institutions from  Slovenian and Burgenland and the results of the projects which contribute to strengthening cross-border competitiveness, research and innovation, the efficient use of resources, the preservance of natural and cultural heritage and the improvement of institutional capacity and the efficiency of public administration.

The first activities for the implementation of cross-border cooperation between Slovenia and Austria after 2020 are already underway. The first session of the programming task force took place in the beginning of June. The framework for the programming process has already been defined and general support was given by both Member States on the proposal that the Managing Authority remains under the auspices of the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy, which, as the Minister said, is aware of the responsibility of this role and is thankful for the trust of the programme partners.

12 project applications submitted in the fifth deadline for the submission of proposals

On Thursday, 4 July 2019, the fifth deadline for the submission of project applications in the frame of the Open Call for Proposals of the Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Slovenia-Austria in the period 2014-2020 ended.

In the frame of the fifth deadline, the applicants apply for the remaining ERDF funds of about 1,6 Mio EUR ERDF. Until the closure of the deadline, 12 project applications in the total amount of a bit more than 5,1 Mio EUR ERDF were submitted.

New possibilities through 3D printing

On 25 June 2019 the Carinthia University of Applied Science invited to the final event of the 3-year project MMO3D at the location Villach.

The project partners Oprema Ravne, University of Ljubljana – Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Roboteh from Slovenia as well as the Austrian partners Fachhochschule Kärnten and Wood Kompetenzzentrum St. Veit presented their project results in a workshop.

The project goal of teaching integration was successfully presented: The newly gained knowledge in 3D printing with glass-fibre-nylon composites flowed directly into the course “Design and development”. The students designed and printed corner connections for the battery box. The best design was awarded a prize.

The project results were then presented in a Gallery of Results.

New beginning – Slovenia and Austria set the basis for further cross-border cooperation after 2020

On 2 July 2019, representatives of both Member States met at the 1st Programming Task Force meeting to discuss the framework for the new Interreg cross-border cooperation programme Slovenia-Austria in the period 2021-2027.

In May 2018, the European Commission (EC) presented the package of proposals for regulations governing regional development and cohesion policy beyond 2020 which have not yet been confirmed. Thus, for the coming period, the EC proposes to modernize Cohesion Policy by making its framework simpler and more flexible. While the proposals foresee the strengthening of e-cohesion and maintaining thematic concentration, they introduce several novelties. 

The main aim of the 1st Programming Task Force meeting was to establish the Programming Task Force that will be responsible for the programming of the new period. The representatives already discussed the timeline, framework and main open issues and decided to support the continuity of the well-functioning programme management structures.

The successful kick off of the programming will be continued in the frame of regular meetings, the next two will take place in October and December 2019.