Focused 6th deadline for projects in the field of management and beneficial use of water resources open until 30 June 2020

The focused 6th deadline of the Open Call for proposals has been published on 29 April 2020 for projects in the field of management and beneficial use of water resources (Priority Axis 2, Investment Priority 6f). The deadline for the submission of the project proposals of the 6th deadline for submission will close on 30 June 2020 at 12 p.m. (noon).

Within the frame of the cross-border Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Slovenia-Austria, 49 projects have been approved so far, with a total contractual value of EUR 46.1 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The programme co-finances activities on three priority axes. Under Priority Axis 1, “Strengthening cross-border competitiveness, research and innovation“, 21 projects have been approved so far, with a total value of approx. 15.9 million EUR ERDF funds. 14 projects, with a total value of approx. 17.6 million ERDF funding 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), 14 projects were approved for a total value of ca. 12.6 million EUR ERDF. Despite the fact that the programme successfully pursues the established performance framework and reaches most of the defined programme indicators, at the programme level the indicator relating to projects that involve research institutions in the field of management and beneficial use of water resources (priority axis 2, investment priority 6f) has not been reached yet.

In accordance with conclusion 4.4 of the 8th Monitoring Committee meeting, the programme issued a call for interest concerning projects in the field of management and beneficial use of water resources on the programme website on 11 December 2019, to find out if interest for the preparation and submission of such projects existed in the programme area. In December 2019, all interested institutions and potential partnerships were, via the programme webpage and through the communication channels of the Joint Secretariat and National and Regional Authorities invited to communicate their interest for the preparation of projects that would substantially contribute to the achievement of the relevant programme indicator, to the competent National/Regional Authority and/or the Joint Secretariat of the programme.

As the response from potential beneficiaries indicated sufficient interest in the preparation of relevant project proposals, the Monitoring Committee on the proposal of the Managing Authority, decided to issues a focused 6th deadline of the Open Call for the submission of projects on the programme website on 29 April 2020.

The focused deadline is open for project proposals from the 2nd priority axis, investment priority 6f, involving research institutions in the field of management and beneficial use of water resources as project partners. The 6th deadline for the submission of project applications closes on 30 June 2020 at 12 p.m. (noon). Given the amount of available programme funds and the achievement of the programme indicator, it is recommended that the potential partnerships do not exceed a budget of 350.000 EUR ERDF.

The open call and the application pack are available under the following link: Open Call and Application Pack.

COVID-19 GUIDANCE for projects

The impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus on project implementation is defined as force majeure. This creates a special, unavoidable situation for which specific measures are needed to support our beneficiaries. The Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Slovenia-Austria has therefore published initial guidance for bridging the problems projects in implementation face.

Please visit COVID-19 Guidance