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

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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!

Call for projects in the field of management and beneficial use of water resources

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.

In the frame of the 5th deadline, a little less than 1.5 million EUR ERDF and, in addition to that, funds from project left overs were available. So far, all available programme funds have been contracted.

Despite the fact that the programme successfully pursues the established performance framework and reaches most of the defined indicators, we discovered that at the programme level we have not yet reached the programme 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).

We invite all interested institutions and potential partnerships 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.

The open call and the application pack are available under the following link: Open Call and Application Pack. Contact details of national/regional authorities are available at About us.

PUBLICATION OF THE PUBLIC TENDER FOR THE PROGRAMMING 2021-2027

The Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy has published a public tender for the selection of an external expert for providing professional assistance in the preparation and production of the programme document of the cross-border Interreg programme Slovenia-Austria in the period 2021-2027.

The main objective of this procurement procedure is to obtain an external service provider for the preparation of the Interreg programme Slovenia-Austria 2021-2027 on the basis of a comprehensive territorial and socio-economic analysis of the Slovenia-Austria programme area and an analitically substantiated programme strategy and to provide expert assistance to the Programming Task Force in the programming process until the submission and approval of the programme concerned by the European Commission.

The public tender in Slovenian language is published on the Slovenian Public Procurement Portal at the following link: https://www.enarocanje.si/Obrazci/?id_obrazec=334138.

The tender documentation (original in Slovene language and the translation in German language) are available at: tender documentation.

In case of discrepancies between the Slovenian and German texts of the tender documentation, the original documentation in Slovenian language is binding.

The deadline for the submission of offers is 13 January 2020 at 9 am.

Further 6 projects approved in Podčetrtek

In the frame of the 8th Monitoring Committee meeting of the Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Slovenia-Austria, held on 27 November 2019 in Podčetrtek in the Savinjska region (Slovenia), the members of the Monitoring Committee amongst other things decided on the projects that were submitted within the fifth deadline for the submission of applications. Within this deadline of the Open Call for Proposals, 12 project applications were submitted. At the meeting, 6 projects were approved for the co-financing, 4 projects were rejected. The projects with the acronyms H2GreenTECH, Go MED, COMMON ACCESS 2 and ASAM were approved in the frame of the first priority axis, and the projects with the acronyms BioDiTOUR and YOUIND were approved on the second and third priority axes. In total, a little more than 2,7 Mio EUR ERDF programme funds will be contracted within the fifth deadline of the Open Call for Proposals. In doing so, the Committee supports the cooperation of project partners from Slovenia and Austria in the fields of research and development, biodiversity and institutional integration, in order to making the common response to the challenges in the cross-border area more effective and to contribute to the diminishing of borders.

The lead partners of the approved projects are expected to sign the ERDF Subsidy contracts by early 2020. At the meeting, also the results of the evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of the programme were presented.

»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!

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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.