Cross-Border Operational Programme 'Slovenia - Hungary'

Operational Programme under the European Territorial Cooperation Objective, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund


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On 20 December 2007, the European Commission approved a Cross-border Cooperation Operational Programme between Slovenia and Hungary for the period 2007-13. The Programme involves providing Community support as part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for specific Slovenian and Hungarian regions that lie along their common border. This includes the Hungarian counties of Zala and Vas and the Slovenian regions of Pomurje and Podravje – all of which are classed as NUTS III territorial units.

The cooperation area forms part of a larger geographical unit known as the Pannonian basin. The Podravje region in Slovenia may take part in projects as an adjacent area, i.e. receiving a maximum 20% of the ERDF funding allocated to the Programme.

The Operational Programme falls within the framework laid out for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective and has a total budget of around €36 million. Community funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €29 million, which represents approximately 0.3% of the total EU investment earmarked for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective under the Cohesion Policy 2007-13.

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

The Programme intends to improve conditions for economic growth within the cooperation area. It promises to focus on boosting living conditions and to work with an ethos that promotes sustainable development. To achieve these goals a strategy will be developed which addresses the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainability.

2. Expected impact of the investment

The Programme aims to develop a competitive and sustainable cooperation area that offers access to work and income opportunity. It should also have a positive impact in areas such as:

  • rural development and tourism;
  • the preservation and conservation of natural and cultural assets;
  • the promotion of cultural identity; and
  • regional development and health cooperation.

In addition, the Programme aims to create better cross-border transport connections, support environmental protection and increase the use of renewable energy sources. Work will also focus on improving management capacities and encouraging institutional networking.

3. Priorities

The Programme is structured around the following priorities:

Priority 1: Increasing the attractiveness of the cooperation area [approximately 46.4% of total funding]

This priority aims to improve the area’s cross-border transport connections, which should lead to better living and working conditions. The Programme also wants to capitalise on the area’s existing and untapped assets in the fields of tourism, culture and the arts. Cultural differences in the cooperation area are considerable, but also form a good basis for cooperation across a range of sectors.

Priority 2: Sustainable development [approximately 43.8% of total funding]

The priority reflects the requirements of the European Union’s Gothenburg strategy on sustainable development, and recognises the benefits environmental efficiency can bring to the wider regional economy.

With this in mind, activities will focus on the sustainable development of local municipalities and on creating a quality environment for people to live and work in. Specific objectives for this priority are to:

  • strengthen cooperation at the regional and local levels;
  • help develop an efficient preventative health care system; and
  • increase cooperation between health care institutions.

The Programme will also contribute to the efficient preservation and management of natural resources and the rationalisation of energy consumption, including the promotion of alternative and renewable energy.

Priority 3: Technical assistance [approximately 9.8% of total funding]

Technical assistance is available to implement the programme. Financial support can cover administration, monitoring, evaluation and control.

Financial and Technical information

Cross-Border Operational Programme 'Slovenia - Hungary'

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Increase the attractiveness of the cooperation area 14 150 000 2 497 059 16 647 059
Sustainable development 13 372 283 2 359 815 15 732 098
Technical assistance to the process of cross-border cooperation 1 757 000 1 757 000 3 514 000
Total 29 279 283 6 613 874 35 893 157