Invitation to the H2GreenTECH Demo Tour

Are you interested in hydrogen as a technology and fuel source of the future?

Are you aware that Slovenia and Austria are taking important steps to ensure further development and competitive advantages of these technologies?

Are you interested in learning what steps are being taken in Slovenia?

Then we would like to invite you to the first demonstration tour of the INTERREG project H₂GreenTECH on Monday, 8.11.2021. The main goal of H₂GreenTECH is to promote regional cooperation of companies, R&D centers and educational institutions for hydrogen technologies. We will visit Slovenian experts in hydrogen technologies. A second tour will be organized to Austria in spring 2022.

On the first demonstration tour, participants will visit the emerging HYDROGEN CENTER at the Slovenian Styrian Chamber of Commerce in Maribor. Afterwards we will visit the National Institute of Chemistry, Jofez Stefan Institute  and innovative high-tech companies for hydrogen technologies in Ljubljana.

All information >> and REGISTRATION

Participation in the tour is free of charge. Deadline for registration is 4.11.2021 Due to the pandemic situation, the number of participants is limited.

Kindly invited!

Public consultation SEA in the frame of the preparation of the Interreg programme 2021-2027

The preparation of the new Interreg programme Slovenia-Austria 2021-2027 is accompanied by a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) to identify potential negative impacts created by the programme on the environment at an early stage. The draft Environmental Report has been prepared and presents the interim results of the assessment of environmental effects.

The SEA process includes as a key element the consultation of the public for any comments on the assessments made. We therefore kindly ask you to share with us your comments and observations based on the provided draft Environmental Report. The comments given will be taken into account when preparing the final version of the report and subsequently in the preparation process of the Interreg programme.

You can provide your comments and observations to relevant chapters either in English, German or Slovene language. Thank you for your time and cooperation.

SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS

Now that the draft Environmental Report concerning the draft Interreg Programme Slovenia-Austria 2021-2027 has been prepared, we invite all interested stakeholders and citizens who would like to express their opinion to do so via the online form available at this link ON-LINE FORM. You can submit your comment until 30 October 2021. Please help us to disseminate the information about the public consultation on the draft Environmental Report by sharing it with all potentially interested parties.

More information on the public consultation is available at: PREPARATIONS FOR THE FUTURE IP SI-AT 2021-2027 PROGRAM ARE IN PROGRESS. 

Participate in shaping the future programme!

Celebrating the 10th edition of the European Cooperation Day

Under the auspices of the European Commission events on the occasion of the European Cooperation Day are taking place for the tenth time in a row. On Friday, 10 September 2021, we presented the results and importance of cross-border cooperation projects in the border area of Gorenjska by hiking to the Zelenica.

This year’s European Cooperation Day (EC Day) events bring together all European Territorial Cooperation programmes, better known as Interreg programmes and represent the second pillar of cohesion policy. For the tenth year in a row in September they are implementing different activities throughout Europe. European Territorial Cooperation 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. With the events, the organizers want to emphasize the importance of the achievements of European regions and countries in cross-border cooperation.

This year’s event was set in a border environment of Gorenjska region, where many projects have been or are still being implemented, which would not be possible without Interreg programmes. Friday’s hike to the Zelenica was dedicated to projects implemented 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. Three projects were presented: karawanks@future.eu, Alpe Adria Karavanke/Karawanken and CROSSRISK. The projects 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. Nina Seljak, head of the Managing Authority of the cross-border Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Slovenia-Austria in the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy (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.

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. The hike, which took place along the oldest border crossing between Slovenia and Austria, represents a symbolic activity. From the starting point in Ljubelj, the participants went to Zelenica, where they saw the results of co-financed projects and learned about the advantages of cross-border cooperation. 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 

 

Industrial festivals ahead!

The YOUIND project is pleased to announce that there will be special events taking place in August, September and November 2021, all targeting younger individuals with the aim of improving their involvement in the regional present and future.

Styrian Iron Road, Austria, is hosting their Days of Industrial Culture – a three-day event spread over August, September and November, in which the theme “Industrial and Mining Culture” will be processed under different aspects: a post-industrial festival “Rostfest”, a classic “Mining and Industrial Museum Day”, and a workshops-and-lectures event on “Women in Industry”. The town of Idrija, Slovenia, is organising the first (of many?) festival focusing on industrial culture, a two-day event where the industrial past will serve as a background for workshops, guided tours, discussions, concerts and other events.

Let’s pay tribute to our industrial past and pave the path for a better (post)industrial future.

For more information pleas visit the website of the Verein Steirische Eisenstraße or Municipality Idrija

One more week to go until the end of the public consultation – submit your opinion!

In the beginning of June, we reached another milestone in the process of preparing the Interreg programme Slovenia-Austria for the period 2021-2027. We have prepared the draft programme, which was published on the website.

Based on the Territorial and Socio-Economic Analysis and preliminary Strategic Orientations, the draft Interreg programme Slovenia-Austria 2021-2027 has been prepared within the programming group.

The selection of the programme policy objectives and related specific objectives was an important strategic step, which relies on the input of key stakeholders – (potential) beneficiaries, policy makers, thematic experts, etc. Since november 2020, a series of activities was carried out in order to collect comments, opinions, suggestions or insights on the findings in the so-far prepared documents. An online survey, two webinars, expert consultations on relevant policy objectives and specific objectives, two workshops on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) were conducted in parallel with the programme preparation process itself. The aim of the first round of public participation was to consult stakeholders on thematic orientations. Contributions from all three sets of public involvement (online survey, two national webinars and six expert consultations) are important feedback, which was reflected in the preparation of the Interreg programme Slovenia-Austria. Based on the useful contributions of stakeholders, the provisions of the relevant European legal framework, which stipulates that Policy Objective 2 and Policy Objective 4 are mandatory, and taking into account the slightly lower value of the programme compared to the current period, three priorities with six specific objectives were set.

We once again invite all interested stakeholders and citizens who would like to express their opinion on the draft Interreg programme for the period 2021-2027 to do so via the online form that is available one more week (until 30 June 2021) at this link ON-LINE FORM

Please help us to disseminate the information about the public consultation on the content of the Interreg programme by sharing it with all potentially interested parties.

More information on the public consultation is available at: PREPARATIONS FOR THE FUTURE IP SI-AT 2021-2027 PROGRAM ARE IN PROGRESS.

Participate in shaping the future programme!

INVITATION to the 1st Interregional congress H2GreenTECH

On 17 June 2021 the H2GreenTECH project partners are organizing the 1st Interregional Congress entitled:

“STRENGTHENING SLOVENIAN-AUSTRIAN CROSS -BORDER COOPERATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOW CARBON TECHNOLOGIES
(Green hydrogen technologies)”

The online event will be held in English.

All information is available HERE.

You are kindly invited!

Second public consultation in the frame of the preparation of the Interreg programme 2021-2027

In the process of preparing the Interreg programme Slovenia-Austria for the period 2021-2027, we have reached the next milestone. We have prepared the draft programme, which we publish on the website and we invite you to provide your potential comments.

Based on the Territorial and Socio-Economic Analysis and preliminary Strategic Orientations, the draft Interreg programme Slovenia-Austria 2021-2027 has been prepared within the programming group.

The selection of the programme policy objectives and related specific objectives was an important strategic step, which relies on the input of key stakeholders – (potential) beneficiaries, policy makers, thematic experts, etc. Since november 2020, a series of activities was carried out in order to collect comments, opinions, suggestions or insights on the findings in the so-far prepared documents. An online survey, two webinars, expert consultations on relevant policy objectives and specific objectives, two workshops on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) were conducted in parallel with the programme preparation process itself. The aim of the first round of public participation was to consult stakeholders on thematic orientations. Contributions from all three sets of public involvement (online survey, two national webinars and six expert consultations) are important feedback, which was reflected in the preparation of the Interreg programme Slovenia-Austria. Based on the useful contributions of stakeholders, the provisions of the relevant European legal framework, which stipulates that Policy Objective 2 and Policy Objective 4 are mandatory, and taking into account the slightly lower value of the programme compared to the current period, three priorities with six specific objectives were set.

Now that the draft Interreg programme for the period 2021-2027 has been prepared, we once again invite all interested stakeholders and citizens who would like to express their opinion to do so via the online form available at this link ON-LINE FORM. You can submit your comment until 30 June 2021.

Please help us to disseminate the information about the public consultation on the content of the Interreg programme by sharing it with all potentially interested parties.

More information on the public consultation is available at: PREPARATIONS FOR THE FUTURE IP SI-AT 2021-2027 PROGRAM ARE IN PROGRESS.

Participate in shaping the future programme!

Are our projects still alive?

The sustainability of co-funded projects is one of the requirements set by the programme before the co-financing is awarded, and although the minimum duration after the end of the project is fulfilled, many achievements live on and form the basis for developing new sustainable cross-border activities.

The FLU-LED project, which was implemented as part of the Operational Programme Slovenia-Austria in the programme period 2007-2013, compiled Slovene field and house names in the Austrian southern Carinthia and in the Gorenjska region in Slovenia and documented them in digital maps. These maps are still available today on the website www.flurnamen.at and they were also included in the Carinthia Atlas (KAGIS map). The data is also available for free download as an OGD (OpenGovernmentData).

Have you noticed project results from completed projects in the Slovenia-Austria programme area in your everyday life? Please share them with us either on our Facebook page or via e-mail at si-at.svrk@gov.si!

Photo contest: Let’s run the future on hydrogen!

Partners of the H₂GreenTECH project want to draw the public’s attention to the development of breakthrough hydrogen technologies in the area of Slovenia and Austria. We have launched a photo competition on the theme Let’s run the future on hydrogen!

Your participation and our thanks!

The four best photos (two from Austria and two from Slovenia) will be taken on Traveling Exhibition Hydrogen Center in the form of a laboratory to raise public awareness of the importance of green hydrogen technologies. It will be set up in seven locations in Slovenia and Austria, with an accompanying permanent virtual exhibition. Winners will receive the H₂GreenTECH Promotional Package and #Spend the Day experience in the lab at National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia or TU Graz, Austria.

The winning photos will complement the promotional activities of the H₂GreenTECH project partners. Others will be included in the website Hydrogen Center in consultation with the authors to promote their activities in the field of hydrogen technologies.

More information 

The future is green

Every year on 22nd April we celebrate Earth Day. This year, we – together with our neighbouring programmes Interreg V-A Austria-Hungary and Interreg V-A Slovenia-Hungary – opted for something special with our joint contest for primary school children.

Seeing the dedication, talent and love for nature from kids was an extraordinary experience. We are beyond grateful to the kids, parents and teachers and everyone who made this contest happen!

Now the time has come when we announce our 6 winners! Congratulations to all of you who made the effort and drew or painted or took a picture.

You can see the all the pictures which were submitted the contest, in the gallery below.