'Hungary-Serbia' IPA Cross-border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013

‘Hungary-Serbia IPA Cross-border Programme’, receiving Community assistance from the cross-border co-operation component of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA)


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On 25 March 2008 the European Commission approved a Cross-border Co-operation Programme between Hungary and Serbia for the period 2007-2013, which was adopted under and co-financed by the cross-border co-operation component of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). The programme involves Community support for specific Hungarian and Serbian regions that lie along their common border: the Hungarian regions of Csongrád and Bács-Kiskun and Serbian regions Zapadnobački, Severnobački, Severnobanatski, Juznobački and Srednjebanatski. The areas of South Banat and Srem in Serbia may take part in projects as an adjacent area, i.e. receiving a maximum 20% of the funding allocated to the programme.

Community funding for the programme over the period 2007-2011 is worth around € 33.9 million, supplemented in turn by about €5.9 million of national funding from the two participating countries. The programme’s total value therefore is approximately € 39.9 million.

1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment

The programme’s overall aim is to produce a harmonious region founded on co-operation in combination with a sustainable and secure environment. This global objective has been broken down into five specific objectives by the participating countries. These are:
- Reducing isolation in border areas by improving cross-border accessibility;
- Supporting environmental sustainability and safety in the border zone;
- Creating synergies and co-operation within the economy;
- Managing the common cultural heritage with a view to promoting cultural values, traditions and tourism development;
- Strengthening cultural, educational and research interactions.

2. The expected impact of the investment

A series of indicators, applicable to each of the programme‘s priorities, has been developed by the participating countries in order to allow progress to be evaluated over the course of the programme’s implementation. Results will be measured in terms of: facilities built, reconstructed or refurnished; interventions on flood protection; developed studies, research efforts and strategies; developed observation/monitoring systems; impact on businesses; joint training and joint project implementation; new cross-border contacts, etc.

3. Priority axes

In order to achieve its objectives, the programme works on two main thematic priorities, with a third priority dedicated to the management of the programme (‘technical assistance’ priority). The Hungary-Serbia IPA Cross-border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013 is subdivided into the following priorities:

Priority 1: Infrastructure and environment [approximately 52% of total funding]
The aim of this first priority is to reinforce physical links between the two sides of the border in order to reduce the level of isolation within the area. It is also aimed at apportioning equal responsibility for improving the border region’s environmental heritage and waterways. The priority also supports infrastructure, environmental and water management development in the border region.

Priority 2: Economy, education and culture [approximately 38% of total funding]
This second priority is directed at supporting interactions between actors from both sides of the border as a means to enhance competitiveness, facilitate economic growth and create jobs. The priority is also aimed at supporting Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) efforts on the part of research institutions and business partners acting within a co-operation framework, and at interactions between educational, research and cultural institutions in order to create a common educational and cultural space. Support is also being given to municipalities and non-governmental organisations that are willing to co-operate on the forging of a common regional identity.

Priority 3: Technical assistance [approximately 10% of total funding]
This third priority aims to contribute to effective project generation in order to increase overall project quality. It supports activities in connection with the preparation, selection and evaluation of projects.

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'Hungary-Serbia' IPA Cross-border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013

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Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Infrastructure and Environment 17 663 973 3 117 172 20 781 145
Economy, Education and Culture 12 908 288 2 277 933 15 186 221
Technical Assistance 3 396 918 599 456 3 996 374
Total 33 969 179 5 994 561 39 963 740