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.