Focused 7th deadline for projects in the field of management and beneficial use of water resources open until 28 September 2020

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 2 of the 16 Written Procedure, the Monitoring Committee decided to issues a focused 7th deadline of the Open Call for the submission of projects on the programme website on 27 September 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 7th deadline for the submission of project applications closes on 28 September 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.

30 years of Interreg

As the second pillar of Cohesion policy, Interreg is at the heart of the European spirit as it encourages regions and countries to meet the challenges that can only be addressed through cooperation. The Interreg 30th anniversary campaign runs through 2020, with its main themes being a »Greener and climate neutral Europe«, »Youth« and »We all have a Neighbour«.

Within each of the proposed topics, 30 of the best current projects and the achievements of cooperation programmes between EU countries at the level of regions are presented.

Visit the Interreg website to learn about many interesting facts and activities, including a  virtual exhibition on the three leading topics of cooperation: »Greener and climate neutral Europe«, »Youth« and »We all have a Neighbour«.

You can visit the Interreg.eu page by clicking on the map below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The virtual exhibition is accessible with clicking on the image below.

 

 

 

     

 

 

                                                                                                             

Slovenia and Austria are inviting you to connected adventures in the Karavanks

The mountain range Karavanke/Karawanken is celebrating the final month of the interregional project for sustainable tourism development Alpe Adria Karavanke/Karawanken. After three years of strategic development, investments, training, workshops and product development, 12 Slovenian and Austrian partners are organising different outdoor activities for visitors: the area of the Karavanke/Karawanken offers a wide range of active holidays for hikers and bikers. In June the visitors can participate in photo and video contest »Month of adventures in the Karavanke/Karawanken«.

A photo and video contest »Month of adventures in the Karavanke/Karawanken« invites you to explore hiking and biking activities in 12 municipalities in Slovenia and Austria in the region of Western Karavanke/Karawanken. Enjoy the diverse adventures in the Karavanke/Karawanken and post photos or videos on Instagram with hashtags #karavanke #karawanken #Alpe AdriaKaravankeKarawanken, or on Facebook event A month of adventures in the Karavanke/ Karawanken. At least 10 finalists of the contest will co-create a promotional video of the region which hasn’t been promoted as one region yet. 4 ambassadors of the contest will motivate visitors of the Karavanke/Karawanken to experience pristine nature and share their impressions with others.

The Karavanke/Karawanken mountain range has an advantage to be close to bigger cities in Slovenia and Carinthia. Spread touristic locations under the high peaks are well developed on local level. With joined projects like Alpe Adria Karavanke/Karawanken the region can compare with bigger mountain destinations. With the natural resources and adventures the project can become a best practice of connecting two countries, which are recognisable as sustainable and mountain tourist destination in Europe.

All activities in the Month of adventures in the Karavanke/Karawanken are published on Facebook page Alpe Adria Karavanke/Karawanken.

The final press conference of the project Alpe Adria Karavanke/Karawanken with the premiere of the promotional video Month of adventures in the Karavanke/Karawanken will be on July 15, 2020.

Europe Day 2020

To demonstrate solidarity with those most affected by the current crisis and to honour Europe Day, the day of all Europeans being united in diversity, taking place each year in commemoration of the 1950 Schuman declaration on 9 May, let’s put up our own EU flags in that spirit at a visible spot (e.g. your window, balcony, garden, etc.) today.

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

Current Coronavirus situation – important information for projects

The current situation in which we are experiencing the spread of the COVID-19 virus requires a quick and, above all, flexible adaptation to the circumstances. For this reason, we have also adapted the work processes within the Managing Authority and the Joint Secretariat and adopted certain measures necessary for the successful continuation of the implementation of the programme and projects. For this reason, we have prepared the following guidelines for the implementation of project activities.

In line with the Implementation manual for beneficiaries – part 4: Eligibility of expenditure, costs related to travel and accommodation (unused tickets) or event organisation (catering, etc.) that have not taken place are not eligible.

In this special circumstances the project partners might be forced to cancel the project related travels and events due to the COVID-19 situation. The related costs (e.g. travel tickets, pre-paid accommodation, event services) could be accepted as eligible if the activity (travel or event) has not taken place:

  • due to travel restrictions established by WHO, regional/national authorities or at the level of the partner organisation,
  • due to a cancellation from the hosting/organising structure,
  • due to justified medical or personal restrictions resulting directly from the COVID-19 virus (e.g. symptoms, confirmation of the illness, quarantine measures) of the person who was to travel.

The above mentioned costs can be accepted as eligible only if they can not be recovered by any other means. In case costs were already reimbursed by other means (insurances, air companies, etc) they cannot be claimed in the framework of the programme.

The presented provisions concern all types of projects and will be applied for all cases, in line with the above stated provisions, that have already occurred due to the COVID-19 situation and will be valid until the revocation by the Managing Authority which will take place when the COVID-19 situation improves.

Concerning the implementation of activities with physical attendance, we recommend to try to continue implementing project activities as originally planned or to adapt activities planned in the forthcoming months to the current situation. Since we do not know when the situation will come back to normal, it is important to reduce at a minimum any delay in project implementation. As the situation is constantly changing, the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat recommend for future travel and events to make use of flexible booking options and contractual arrangements allowing refundable cancellations. In order to avoid negative impact to the project implementation it is recommended to replace cancelled meetings or organize future meetings by on-line meetings/video-conferences where possible. For events, think of any other form of implementing the project activities/promoting the project results (e.g. targeted online promotional campaigns, videos, online presentation of results, use of social media and website…). The possible adaptation of the project activities shall be communicated to the respective JS contract manager. We recommend that events that have to be made in person and expect the number of participants to exceed 100 participants shall be postponed for at least 3 months. Eventual extension of projects due to the external circumstances will be dealt with on case by case basis.

As it is impossible to cover all the cases in such directions, we again invite you to contact your ERDF Subsidy contract manager via dashboard message in the eMS or call us between 9am and 3pm in case of questions related to the implementation of project activities.

All further information and any guidance will be posted on the programme website.

Lead partners are kindly requested to forward this communication to all project partners. In addition, this communication shall also be provided to the First level controls.

Information regarding the COVID-19

We are informing you, that the employees in the frame of the Managing Authority and the Joint Secretariat of the Cooperation Programme Interreg SI-AT will because of circumstances regarding the COVID-19 carry out their work from home from Monday, 16 March 2020 onwards and till reversal. In doing so we want to assure, that matters run as smoothly as possible despite the occurred circumstances.

For matters regarding the implementation and monitoring of the projects we can be reached via usernames of the contract managers in the eMS (mailbox). All other matters can be solved via email si-at.svrk@gov.si or via phone between 9 AM and 3 PM.

All other information and possible guidance will be published on the programme website.

Hoping that circumstances normalise as soon as possible, please accept our best regards.

the Managing Authority and the Joint Secretariat Interreg V-A Slovenia-Austria

Founding meeting of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Geopark Karavanke/Karawanken

© Urosh Grabner

In Neuhaus in Carinthia, representatives of the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy (GODC) took part in yesterday’s event “Shaping Europe together regionally”, in which the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation – EGTC Geopark Karavanke/Karawanken was founded. The Geopark Karawanken, which connects municipalities and institutions from the border regions of Slovenia and Austria and previously acted as a working group, has thus been given a new status.

The initiative to found a new grouping, which is already the 75th grouping of this type in Europe, came about as part of the EUfutuR project. It is one of the projects of the Cooperation Programme Interreg Slovenia-Austria 2014-2020, which was supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Mojca Muršec, head of the joint secretariat of the Cooperation Programme Interreg Slovenia-Austria 2014-2020, which works inside the GODC, emphasized in her speech: “I hope that this important step will help all of you who are striving for a breakthrough in the cross-border area to implement new activities, creative ideas and interesting offers that will attract many visitors to the Geopark and open up the potential for further economical and touristic development. “

Happy holidays!