Take part in the first public consultation of the cross-border programme Slovenia-Austria

All interested stakeholders and citizens that would like to express their opinion on the preliminary Strategic Orientations are kindly invited to do so via an on-line form that is available on this link: ON-LINE SURVEY or to attend the webinars which will take place:

More information on the public consultation is available at: PREPARATIONS FOR THE FUTURE SI-AT PROGRAMME ARE UNDERWAY. 

YOUIND – JOINT KICK-OFF MEETING OF STEERING GROUP AND STAKEHOLDERS

On September 23rd and 24th , Project Partner 4 – the Municipality of Idrija – hosted a two-day workshop for steering group members and regional stakeholders. The aim was to connect stakeholders from both regions – Idrija and Styrian Iron Road – and establish the groundwork for pilot actions that will be organised during the course of the project.

All project partners attended the conference with many local stakeholders from both regions being present in the meetings and activities which were hosted in a typical industrial setting. The Slovenian stakeholders signed a regional memorandum of understanding, outlining further cooperation in the region.

The academic partners, University of Graz and  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, presented a summary of their research, which was followed by a discussion of all participants on how the pilot actions should be implemented.

The workshop was a success, as it enabled the partners and stakeholders to meet in person, establish bilateral connections and also form groups of stakeholders which will be working together in the future.

With the Drava raft from Lavamünd to Dravograd for celebrating the European Cooperation Day and the 30th anniversary of Interreg programmes

For the ninth time in a row the European Cooperation Day is taking place under the auspices of the European Commission. Today, we presented the results and importance of cross-border cooperation projects in the cross-border area of ​​Slovenian and Austrian Carinthia. At the same time as celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Interreg programmes, we planted two trees on each side of the border, in the spirit of sustainability and integration.

This year’s European Cooperation Day (EC Day) events bring together three thematic topics; a greener and climate-neutral Europe, young people and we all have a neighbour. With the events, the organizers want to emphasize the importance of the achievements of European regions and countries in cross-border cooperation. In 2020, at the level of the European Union, we are also celebrating 30 years of European Territorial Cooperation programmes, which are better known as the Interreg programmes and represent the second pillar of cohesion policy. Such programmes provide a framework for the implementation of joint actions, encourage regions and countries to address common challenges, and promote harmonious economic, social and territorial development.

This year’s event was set in a cross-border environment, where many projects have been or are still being implemented, which would not be possible without Interreg programmes. The event, which took place in the cross-border area of ​​Slovenian and Austrian Carinthia, took place under the auspices of the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy (SVRK), the managing authority of the Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Slovenia-Austria 2014-2020, in cooperation with Austrian programme partners, the Provincial Government of Carinthia (Amt der Kärntner Landesregierung) and Kärntner Wirtschaftsförderungs Fond (KWF) and project partners. The event also presented two projects co-financed under the cross-border programme Slovenia-Austria, NaKult and SMART Tourist, which are a good proof of successful cross-border cooperation in the field of promotion of natural and cultural heritage and sustainable development of border regions.

As pointed out in her welcome address by mag. Monika Kirbiš Rojs, State Secretary of SVRK, without cross-border projects such cooperation would most likely not exist, nor would there be many concrete results for citizens who have a long-term impact in the field of economy, tourism and preservation of rich natural and cultural heritage. Cross-border cooperation is an important framework for maintaining good neighbourly relations and an additional financial incentive for organizations and institutions in border areas, especially before these ceremonies, said mag. Nina Seljak, head of the Managing Authority of the cross-border programme.

This year’s European Cooperation Day was somewhat curtailed and, in terms of scope and implementation, was adapted to the situation related to the COVID-19, but the main activity of today’s event was sustainable. The ceremonial planting of linden and beech on both sides of the border represents a symbolic view of the future, an investment with which, as through projects, we try to leave a sustainable mark in the programme area and positively influence development and life in the border area. The participants went from one side to the other side of the border with the Drava raft, which connects Lavamünd and Dravograd by driving through the beautiful natural scenery of the Drava River and its surroundings.

Despite their small size, cross-border cooperation programmes are becoming more and more recognizable from year to year, and the results of co-financed projects are an indispensable part of the development and increase of the quality of life in the cross-border area. This is one of the reasons why the cross-border programme between Slovenia and Austria is one of the most successful programmes at the EU level in terms of spending. Cross-border cooperation will continue in the period 2021-2027, which opens the potential for many new effective solutions to the common challenges of the cross-border area.

Pictures of the event are available here

The video of the event is available here.

Interreg 30 years: Everyone has a neighbour- artworks wanted!

Wherever you might be, one thing is sure: you have a neighbour. Should it be your home, your workplace, there is always someone who you can turn to, talk to, who can lend you a helping hand. There is even more: in every connection, especially true for neighbourhood, you can always find the possibility to achieve something greater together. This thought defines our work in Interreg for 30 years.

What neighbourhood means to us? A key for prosperity, chance for having a broader perspective, keeps us open-minded, makes us believe in cultural diversity, and gifts us with lifelong friendships.

What does neighbourhood mean to you? We, as Interreg Programmes Austria-Hungary, Slovenia-Hungary and Slovenia-Austria gathered to figure it out in the framework of a contest! As we know, it has a million ways to express our feelings, therefore, here all you have to do is to create something that reminds you of togetherness, or expresses your thoughts on neighbourhood.

If you are ready with your artwork, should it be a picture, a drawing, a photograph, a video or even a song, there is nothing else to do just to apply via our online application form, and upload your creation! All applications are equally precious for us, but it would not be a proper contest if we would not announce winners. 6 winners will be chosen, and be awarded with promotional items from all 3 Programmes and nature experience offered by our projects.

Just do, what makes you happy, and fits the “everyone has a neighbour” slogan.

Are you ready? Click here to apply now!

Terms of Reference

Call for Artworks

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