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South Moravia

South Moravia

17/09/2012

South Moravia is one very dynamic region in territorial cooperation, especially with the Austrian neighbouring region Lower Austria. Many events will take place in South Moravia on 21st September on the occasion of the first European Cooperation Day which will be celebrated across the EU and in neighbouring countries for the first time this year. During the last years, the South Moravian region expanded cooperation with foreign regions from 11 to 17. The South Moravian Region has been a part of CENTROPE since 2003, an initiative which tries to integrate the neighbouring regions around Vienna, Bratislava, Györ and Brno.

With its area of 7,195 km2 and population of 1,154,654 in 2010, the South Moravian Region is the fourth largest region in the Czech Republic, located in the southeast of the Czech Republic on the borders with Austria and Slovakia. Brno is the largest city in the region and the second largest city in the Czech Republic. 32% of the Region’s population live there, whereas only 1.3 % lives in the smallest municipalities.

Hosting the second largest and important city of the Czech Republic, the city of Brno, the South Moravian region reaches the top positions of the Czech regions placement table and is considered as the place for innovation and competitiveness in the country.

What are the region’s priorities?

1. Competitiveness

The South Moravian Region bases its competitiveness on the development and utilisation of innovative capabilities. A Research and Development network in traditional and new fields with links to the business sector and to other R&D networks abroad is well developed. The region also promotes the setup of small and medium sized-enterprises and a high quality education system and hosts the country's most important innovative center in Brno.

2. Social cohesion

To pursue this aim, special attention is paid to a functioning labour market, sufficient quality of public services and protection against the social exclusion of minority and disabled populations.

3. Infrastructure

The modernisation of road and rail routes, connection to the European transport network, building of flood control facilities and water and energy supplies are key factors to enhance competitiveness and ensure the attractiveness of the region for business and high employment rate.

4. Balanced development in the region

Reducing regional disparities of development of the peripheral or rural parts of the region is one challenge South Moravia has to face to. Efficiency and sustainability of the region's economic development has to be increased and the population has to be stabilised. Improvement of the transport network to connect the peripheral areas better and investment in other technical and social infrastructure are the instruments used in order to reach this goal.

What contribution has EU regional policy made?

For the 2007-2013 period, South Moravia together with the Vysočina Region (so-called 'South-East region') has been allocated EUR 704.45 million EU financing with the Regional Operational Programme South-East.

The areas where EU funding is being invested include:

  • Research, Development and Innovation
  • Transport
  • Tourism
  • Development of towns and rural areas

Since the South Moravian Region is bordering with Austria and Slovakia, the region benefits from EU programmes for territorial cooperation:

- Operational Programme 'Austria-Czech Republic' with €107 million EU financing (by now 59 projects are supported by this programme)

- Operational Programme 'Slovakia-Czech Republic' with €93 million EU financing (by now 73 projects are supported by this programme)

Examples of projects

These project examples are all projects supported from the Austrian-Czech territorial cooperation programme located in the South Moravian Region.

  • „iCOm"(International Constructive Communication in the Context of ICT): ERDF contribution: EUR 705 022

    Since January 2011 the University of Vienna (Austria) and the Masaryk University in Brno are working together on the project “iCom” to strengthen the ties between universities and IT-companies across borders. The project offers companies the opportunity to build up networks with universities and get involved in research projects. It also provides opportunities for ICT-professionals to improve their communicative skills and share experiences and best practices in project management. Intense cooperation and networking between companies and universities is encouraged to link practice and research and to enable sustainable networking, “iCom Practice-Research Workshops” are regularly held in or around Vienna and Brno. In these workshops computer scientists, PhD-students, IT-experts, project managers, consultants and many more are coming together to share and discuss practical issues, look for their interface to science and research and together search for solutions.

  • Experience a region of sights and wine by bike: ERDF contribution: EUR 997 290

    This project has been put in place by the Center of Tourism of South Moravia and the Austrian partner Weinviertel Tourismus GmbH. The main objective of the project is the cooperation of both regions in the field of cycling by creating joint border products for tourists such as fairs and exhibitions, marking the “Eurovelo 13 –Iron Curtin Trail” long-distance cycling routes in both regions by building bikers-friendly infrastructure and by jointly promoting tourism in order to increase the economic importance of the tourism sector in the border region.

  • In the footsteps of modernism: ERDF contribution: EUR 1 417 545

    The project aims to link the architectural heritage of Southern Moravia and Northeastern Austria of the first half of 20th century and to by creating a new cultural route between Brno and Vienna. Educational and cultural events, exhibitions are organized, promotional materials and applications for mobile phones with information on individual buildings are produced. The cultural route connects the Southern Moravian Region with Lower Austria, for example Jurkovič villas, Josef Hoffmann Museum, the Villa Tugendhat, Leoš Janáček Memorial and House of Gustav Mahler in Jihlava.

  • Nature friendly flood protection measures in the area of confluence of the rivers Morava and Thaya: : ERDF contribution: EUR 2 217 675

    Polder “Soutok” (“Confluence”) on the Moravian side of the border is, due to its location and size, extremely important for flood protection for the Austrian municipalities on the right bank of the Thaya and Morava rivers from Bernhardsthal to Marchegg. The project includes the extension of an existing computer model of the polder area, calculations and processing maps of flooding, the development of a plan of optimized flood control interventions, the revitalization of the border river basin of the Thaya, remediation of river dikes, new asylums for animals in the polder and some other flood protection activities.

 

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