Maribor, 23 June 2009
The Government Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy (GOSP), headed by Minister Zlata Ploštajner, today organised a signing ceremony of the first subsidy contracts approved within the first deadline of the 1. Open Call for proposals in the frame of the Operational Programme Slovenia-Austria 2007–2013. The signing ceremony was attended by representatives of the Managing Authority, programme partners and representatives of lead or project partners.
GOSP has been entrusted with the role of Managing Authority for the cross-border co-operation with Austria for the period 2007–2013. This is an acknowledgement of its previous work, as well as a huge responsibility for effective implementation of the programme.
In 2008, GOSP issued the 1. Open Call for proposals for co-funding of projects from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the amount of EUR 31,542,394, which was available for co-funding activities under two priorities. The first priority is promotion of compatibility, knowledge and economic co-operation (development of small and medium-sized enterprises, tourism, environment, the knowledge-based economy, thematic priorities), while the second priority is linked to the promotion of sustainable and balanced development (natural resources management, environment and energy, urban and regional development, social and cultural development). Both priorities also include activities aiming at promoting human resources development, networking, innovation, information and communication technology, sustainable development and equal opportunities.
The co-financing applies to eligible expenditure only. The EU co-funding from the ERDF can amount to the maximum of 85% of the public funding. In Slovenia, the statistical regions eligible for funds tendered within the first deadline of the 1. Open Call for proposals are Gorenjska, Koroška, Savinjska, Podravska, Pomurska and Osrednjeslovenska (the latter is included as an adjoining area to the eligible area); in Austria, eligible regions are East Styria, West Styria and South Styria, Klagenfurt-Villach, Lower Carinthia, South Burgenland and the adjoining areas of Graz, Upper Styria-East, Upper Styria-West and Upper Carinthia.
The final decision to approve the projects was adopted by the Joint Monitoring Committee of the Slovenia-Austria Operational Programme 2007–2013 at its regular meeting held on 25 and 26 February 2009. The Joint Monitoring Committee is composed of representatives of the two participating countries. It approved co-funding for 20 projects, 8 within the first priority and 12 within the second priority.
Data on the approved projects and all other information concerning the programme is available on the website of the programme http://www.si-at.eu and at http://www.si-at.eu/start_sl/.