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(27 - 11 - 2013)


Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn met on 28 November 2013 with Peter Kaiser, the Governor of the Austrian Bundesland Carinthia to discuss the current implementation of regional policy and the preparation of the next programming period 2014-20.


What are the region's priorities?

For the 2007-2013 period, Carinthia’s priority is to bolster a knowledge and innovation-based economy.

Thanks to the innovation efforts of businesses and the new knowledge generated by its research bodies, Carinthia’s economy has been developing very dynamically over recent years. Basic conditions to that effect are being put in place for the period 2014-2020 in order to guarantee the continuity of such efforts and give rise to future-ready development.

For this purpose, Carinthia’s state government has adopted a forward-looking strategic plan entitled ‘Kärnten 2020: Zukunft durch Innovation’ [Carinthia 2020: the future through innovation], which sets out the action areas of education and training, research and innovation. Under the plan, higher education institutions are to be boosted, the cooperation between science and industry deepened and the innovation base broadened. The strategy defines four thematic priority axes across these action areas: human resources, information and communications technologies, production technologies and sustainability.

Carinthia borders Italy and Slovenia and has a resident population of 560 000. The region’s per capita GDP was 5 % above the EU average in 2010. 


How is EU regional policy contributing?

The Operational Programme "Regional Competitiveness Kärnten 2007-2013" involves Community support for Kärnten within the framework of "Regional competitiveness and employment" objective. The total budget of the programme is around EUR 134.78 million and the Community assistance through the ERDF amounts to EUR 67.39 million (approximately 4.6% of the total EU money invested in Austria under Cohesion policy 2007-2013). 


Project examples

Development of an electromechanical differential system for increased efficiency in wind energy generation EU contribution EUR 215.000

The company SET Sustainable Energy Technologies GmbH is developing a system that increases the importance of power quality and makes it possible that wind turbines have variable speed and generate energy in a more efficient way. An electromechanical differential system is being set up and tested within the company. This project that is expected to create 50 jobs by end 2014 is contributes to innovate in the in the field of renewable energy.


"The smallest company in the world": EU contribution EUR 377.900,-

The company Weissenseer Holz System Bau GmbH builds passive houses in order to make them affordable for everyone and build them as quick as possible, within 20 working days. The EU investment contributes to innovate in building and material to reach these objectives in order to optimize the production process.


Lakeside Labs EU contribution EUR 112.500,--

Lakeside Labs is a cluster for science and innovation in the area of information and communication technology, focusing on self-organizing networked systems. It offers space for creative ideas in an international environment that promotes scientific excellence and mutual appreciation. About 40 people from various disciplines are funded by Lakeside Labs. The cluster is lead and managed by the nonprofit company Lakeside Labs GmbH. Research activities are performed at the University of Klagenfurt and Lakeside Labs GmbH, partly in cooperation with academic and industrial partners. One EU co financed project contributes to improve network technology for mobile phones.


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