»Borderless indulgence«, 21 September 2019

In the frame of the cross-border cooperation programme Interreg V-A Slovenia-Austria, in cooperation with the Austrian programme partner Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung and the project partners of the Flagship Products project, we will celebrate this year’s European Cooperation Day (EC day) on Saturday, 21 September 2019.

On this occasion, we invite you to join us at the event »Užitek brez meja – doživeti regionalne produkte čezmejno / Genuss ohne Grenzen – Regionale Produkte grenzübergreifend erleben«, ie. a free cross-border trip to Styria.

As part of the family-friendly event, we will take a ride with the historic narrow-gauge railway (Feistritztalbahn), hike through the nature park and enjoy regional delicacies at the castle park Pöllau, where the 9 leading products of the Flagship Products project will be presented.

Bus departures in Slovenia are planned from Ljubljana, Kranj, Jesenice, Celje, Velenje, Slovenj Gradec, Ptuj, Maribor, Dravograd, Lendava, Murska Sobota and Gornja Radgona. Participants from Austria can join us in Villach,  Klagenfurt, Wolfsberg, Leoben, Graz, Gleisdorf, Pinkafeld and Hartberg.

The participation at the event is free. We will provide bus transfers from all over the programme area, food and drink. You will only need time and good mood for this cross-border trip. Registrations are possible on our website under www.si-at.eu/en2/ec-day-2019 until the available places will be filled.

In case of questions, please call: 00386 1 400 3167. For more information on the European Cooperation Day visit www.ecday.eu.

The event’s purpose is promoting the programme and the co-financed projects.

Take part and join us!




COOP4HEALTHCARE Final Event: The CALL FOR POSTERS has been launched.

The Innovation Congress on digital future takes place from 12 to 14 November 2019 in Villach, Austria. Around 1000 visitors are expected to attend this leading innovation platform in the DACH region which takes place for the ninth time this year.

It is in this unique framework that Carinthia University of Applied Sciences organizes the first SMART LIVING FORUM on the topic „Collaborative Innovation from Smart Living to Smart Industry“. The forum was initiated by Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in order to increase awareness of innovation processes, to successfully anchor socio-technological innovations and to increase people’s quality of life in everyday life.

The final event of the COOP4HEALTHCARE project will be co-located with the SMART LIVING FORUM and launched a dedicated CALL FOR POSTERS.

Researchers and institutions active in the field of Smart Living are invited to present their latest findings to an international audience. 

The following thematic areas are open for contributions:

  • THEME 1: Improvement of Healthcare Services
  • THEME 2: Aiming for Market Success
  • THEME 3: Open category from Smart Living to Smart Industry

Short abstracts of the posters should be submitted in English no later than 1 September 2019 via the submission tool (https://www.conftool.org/slf2019/).

Selected posters will be presented during a poster walk and pitching sessions at the Smart Living Forum.

Authors of accepted posters will be instructed for preparing a short paper (3-4 pages) about the poster’s main contributions, which will be again peer-reviewed and printed in digital post-proceedings.

Find out more about the thematic areas and the submission procedure: https://forschung.fh-kaernten.at/aal/en/smart-living-forum-2019/


This year’s EC Day „Borderless indulgence “

Join us for the European Cooperation Day at the event “Užitek brez meja – doživeti regionalne produkte čezmejno / Genuss ohne Grenzen – Regionale Produkte grenzübergreifend erleben“, which will take place on Saturday, 21 September 2019 in Styria.

As part of the family-friendly event, we will take a ride with the historic narrow-gauge railway (Feistritztalbahn), hike through the nature park and enjoy regional delicacies at the castle park Pöllau, where the 9 leading products of the Flagship Products project, will be presented in a relaxed atmosphere.Save the date, mark it on your calendar. Participation at the event is free of charge. We will provide bus transfers from the programme area, food and beverages. The invitation and programme of the event will be published shortly. Registration for the event is expected to open in mid-August.

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.

One more week until the 5th deadline for the submission of applications

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.

Reminder: Take part in our video competition “WHY EUROPE IS YOU?”

The Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Slovenia-Austria organises an amateur video competition to raise citizens’ awareness about the benefits of being part of Europe and to engage you in the values of cooperation. Taking part in the contest is simple! Send us your videos on the topic “Why EUROPE IS YOU?”

A bit less than 1.5 Mio EUR ERDF still available

Today, on Monday, 3 June 2019, the workshop for potential applicants in the frame of the fifth deadline of the Open Call took place in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia.

In the frame of the workshop, the Joint Secretariat briefly presented the participants the Cooperation Programme, information concerning the Open Call and the analysis of the past four deadlines and summarized the most common administrative mistakes, presented the Rules on the eligibility of expenditure, the requirements concerning information and communication, the annexes to the application form and the electronic Monitoring System (eMS), in which applicants will submit their project applications.

In the frame of the Open Call, a bit less than 1.5 EUR from the European Regional Development Fund are still available for projects. The fifth deadline for the submission of projects will close on 4 July 2019 at noon.

For more information on the workshop for applicants, click here.