This is Europe podcast – looking for project stories

For the Interreg podcast series This is Europe we need your stories. Podcasting is a simple but powerful medium to reach our audience. The Interact programme has experienced this in 2020 with the very first Interreg podcast series. The first 4 episodes were downloaded 5.000 times. In 2021, the plan is to go further, with shorter episodes to be promoted in a cross-media campaign. Tell your stories as journalists would. This will make them accessible and attractive to anyone with or without prior knowledge about Interreg or even EU affairs.

The point of the stories is to show the impact of cooperation on the citizen and on the programme territories. It is the goal to show that Interreg is a useful tool to fix real problems. Projects can contribute their stories until 8 March 2021.

Topics for stories in the podcast are:
1. Towards sustainable food systems
2. Re-invigorating the fight against inequality
3. Culture in crisis?
4. A digital boost for the circular economy
5. Green mobility

The Interact programme will pick the stories with the highest journalistic appeal. For that, you should identify one or two charismatic people who can speak for the project, namely end-users who may not be involved in putting together the project but who have used its results. You may find good examples of this in the 4 episodes that have been published last year (see the podcast episodes). For participating, please send a story summary, the character’s name and the topic to our e-mail address at by 8 March 2021.

First round of public involvement concluded: a step closer to the new Interreg Programme

The programming process for the future Interreg Programme Slovenia-Austria 2021-2027 is well underway and builds on the experiences from current as well as past programming periods. The EU regulatory framework and in particular the proposals of European Regulations applicable for Interreg programmes are being observed in all programming steps. The EU funding to be allocated to the future Interreg programme is not known yet.

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In August 2020, the Territorial and Socio-Economic Analysis has been prepared. In addition, preliminary Strategic Orientations were prepared. This document represented a discussion paper on considerations for the selection or non-selection of Specific Objectives for the future Interreg Programme Slovenia-Austria 2021-2027. The selection of the programme policy objectives and related specific objectives was an important strategic step, which relied on the input of key stakeholders – potential beneficiaries, policy makers, thematic experts, etc. A series of activities was implemented from November 2020 onwards to collect comments, opinions, suggestions and insights on the findings for the so-far prepared documents: an online survey and two webinars, expert meetings on the policy and specific objectives, a workshop on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) which is conducted in parallel to the programming process. 

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The opinion of stakeholders provided an important input to the design of the future programme. Therefore, the aim of the first round of public involvement was to consult on the thematic orientations with the interested stakeholders. 

We are grateful for all the comments that were provided by more than 500 individuals. The input from all three steps of public involvement (the online survey, the two national webinars and six expert meetings) provided important feedback, that will be reflected in the next steps of the drafting of the Interreg Programme Slovenia-Austria.

Timeline and statistic overview of the public consultations

Preliminary findings on the questionnaire for public consultations

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