The European Commission adopted a cross border cooperation programme for Slovenia and Hungary. The total value of the programme is €18.6 million, with 14.8 million coming from the European Regional Development Fund.
Corina Crețu Commissioner for Regional Policy said: "This programme will primarily focus on tourism, as it is the region’s key competitive sector. There is no doubt the local communities will reap the economic benefits of an increased tourism flow.”
Investments will aim to preserve and promote the natural and cultural heritage of the programme area covering two Slovene and two Hungarian regions. The programme will support the development of a sustainable tourism activity, in particular in rural areas. Attractions will be connected with new bike & hike paths to form cross border tourism routes.
Moreover, the programme will support the cooperation between public and non-governmental organisations in order to develop common solutions in healthcare and social services.
Some expected results:
- An increased tourism flow in the region through the creation of new cross border tourism products and services;
- Newly created cycle tracks and footpaths;
- Joint organisation of educational events related to the cultural and natural heritage of the region;
- Increased level of cross border cooperation at institutional level.
The programme Interreg V-A Slovenia-Hungary will focus on the following priorities:
- An attractive Region
- A cooperative region
The 4 regions involved in the Interreg V-A Slovenia-Hungary are:
• In Slovenia: Regions (NUTS III) of Promurska and Podravska.
• In Hungary: Regions (NUTS III) of Zala and Vas.
Total Budget of the cooperation programme: €18 641 195
Total EU contribution (ERDF - European Regional Development Fund): €14 795 015
The programme is managed by the Slovene Government Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Development and European Cohesion Policy (GODC), European Territorial Cooperation and Financial Mechanisms Office, Cross-border Programmes Management Division. Contact: Mr Aleš Mrkela, Trubarjeva 11, 2000, Maribor, Slovenia.
The fifth programming period of Interreg for 2014-2020 has a budget of €10.1 billion invested in over 100 cooperation programmes between regions and territorial, social and economic partners. This budget also includes the ERDF allocation for Member States to participate in EU external border cooperation programmes supported by other instruments (Instrument for Pre-Accession and European Neighborhood Instrument).