15th Monitoring Committee: 10 projects approved
December 17 2012
The 15th Monitoring Committee was held on December 11 and 12 2012 in Vienna. The results were as follows: Of the 18 projects submitted 10 were approved, 4 were put on hold and 4 were rejected.
9th Lead and Project Partner seminar
On October 3 2012 the Lead and Project Partner Seminar took place in the conference room of the district administration of the 8th district in Vienna. 30 representatives of all together 7 projects were present as well as the JTS, the first level control and the regional bodies. The project beneficiaries were counseled regarding the next important steps towards a successful implementation of the projects.
The presentations of both first level control and JTS are available for download (Slovak and German).
Cyclomost II - Opening
13. august 2012
The project Cyklomost was financed from the EU-Program for Cross Border Cooperation Slovakia - Austria 2007 - 2013. The new bridge connects Bratislava’s city part Devínska Nová Ves and Schlosshof. In the frame of this and other projects also the network of cycle paths close to river March/Morava will be upgraded and improved. The new border crossing over March/Morava closes a major gap in the network of cycle paths and is an impetus for the growing cross-border cycle tourism.
The bridge between Devínska Nová Ves and Schlosshof is open for the public since August 11, 2012. The official opening of the bridge is scheduled for September 22, 2012.
July 12, 2012
Would you like to win up to €1,000 worth of digital camera equipment, plus a trip for two to Brussels? Take part in the 'Europe in my Region' photo competition this summer!
The competition will be hosted on the European Commission’s Facebook page. Participants will be invited to enter photos in two categories:
- 'My Project', open to organisations that have benefited from EU regional funding (ie from the European Regional Development Fund or the Cohesion Fund).
- 'Eyewitness', open to anyone living in the EU who spots a project either in their region or when visiting another region.
For more informaton visit the European Commission’s Facebook page.
European Cooperation Day is 21 September 2012 and will be celebrated all over Europe and in neighboring countries!
14th Monitoring Committee: 6 projects approved
June 8 2012
The 14th Monitoring Committee was held on June 5 and 6 2012 in Modra. The results were as follows: Of the 11 submitted projects 6 were approved, 2 were put on hold and 3 were rejected.The next Monitoring Committee will presumably be held in Vienna on December 11 and 12 2012. The deadline for this application round ends on October 8 2012.
8th Lead and Project Partner Seminar
On the 15th of March, the Lead and Project Partner Seminar took place in the conference room of the district administration of the 8th district in Vienna. A total of 43 representatives of the partners of 8 projects were present and made use of the opportunity to speak to the regional bodies, the first level control and the JTS about future proceedings.
The presentations of both first level control and JTS are available for download (Slovak and German).
Danube Financing Dialogue
We would like to inform small and medium-sized enterprises with concrete project ideas (min. about 1 Mio. EUR) about an interesting event:
> Invitation to the 1st Danube Financing Dialogue (March 22 and 23, 2012)
Project BAUM in the finals of the EU-Regiostars Awards 2012
The European Territorial Cooperation project BAUM (Bratislava City Management) is one of the finalists of the EU-Regiostars Awards. With these prices the European Commission awards the best and most innovative projects.
12th Monitoring Committee: 7 projects approved
December 13 2011
The 12th Monitoring Committee was held on December 6 and 7 2011 in Tranva. The results were as follows: Of the 14 submitted projects 7 were approved, 3 were put on hold and 4 were rejected.
The next Monitoring Committee will be held in Bratislava on June 5 and 6 2012. The deadline for this application round ends on March 27 2012.
7th Lead and Project Partner Seminar
The 7th seminar for lead and project partners was held in Vienna. Representatives of the 4 projects that were approved in June were present, as well as representatives of the regional bodies, the first level control and the national and regional funding agencies.
Presentations available in download section (Only in German and Slovak!)
The 8-th call for proposal has been prolonged!
The Monitoring Committe has approved the prolongation of the 8-th call for proposal in the framework of a written procedure. The submission of new projects is extended until October 28, 2011.
NEW INFO for project APPLICANTS and project HOLDERS !
The Monitoring Committe from June 2011 has decided about several changes relevant for project applicants and project holders that shall be applied within CBC SK-AT from now on:
Please see the DE and SK version of this website in order to obtain the details, or contact the regional bodies or the JTS.
11th Monitoring Committee: 4 projects approved
The next monitoring committee will take place on December 6 and 7 2011. The deadline for applicants was set for October 28 2011.
Universum SK-AT Special has been published!
A comprehensive collection of exciting stories about the projects of Slovak-Austrian cooperation. Go get your issue!
Lead and project partner seminar
December 13 2010
The 9th monitoring committee was held on December 6 and 7 2010 in Lower Austria. Results: 13 out of 18 projects submitted were approved, 1 was put on hold and 4 were rejected. The next monitoring committees will be held at March 16 2011 (without project selection) and June 15 and 16. Deadline for the 7th selection round is April 1 2011.
The first seminar for publicity and information had a successful kick off
September 30 2010
In cooperation with the company "Better together", the JTS organised a one-day seminar about publicity and information measures. About 90 representatives of 16 project partnerships were invited. Amongst the topics were the Austrian and Slovak media landscape, as well as public relations in general, with lectures held by the esteemed guests Mr. Dr. Ambros Kindel and Ms. Mag. Miriam Zsilleová. In the course of this seminar media training in groups was offered.
Lead and Project Partner Seminar
The 5th seminar for lead and project partners was held in City Hall in Vienna. Representatives of the regional bodies, the first level control of Vienna and Lower Austria and the ministry of agriculture, environment and regional development discussed with the partners of lately approved projects the further course of the projects as well as detailed budget plans.
RECOM project partner recruiting in the official buildings of the self-governing region Trnava
In the course of the project RECOM SK-AT a project partner recruiting event was held on Tuesday, September 28. The participants were informed about the goals and activities of the project RECOM SK-AT as well as the present standing of the programme for cross-border cooperation Slovakia-Austria 2007-2013. Potential project initiators made use of the platfom RECOM SK-AT to present their project ideas and to approach partners from across the borders. In the afternoon, concrete negotiations for possible cooperations were held. On the webpage of the programme RECOM SK-AT you will find a list of contacts of the regional managers that can assist you with the search for suitable partners for projects for cross-border cooperation Slovakia - Austria 2007-2013.
8th Monitoring Committee: 7 new projects approved
9th Monitoring Committee: 13 new projects approved
Schedule of publication:
Wed., 6.4.2011: Universum Magazin issue of April 2011
Wed., 6.4. till Tue., 12.4.2011: in the coaches of train connection Vienna - Marchegg - Bratislava
Fri., 8.4.2011: NÖN Niederösterreichische Nachrichten and SME in Western Slovakia
Week of 11.4.-15.4.2011: BVZ Burgenländische Volkszeitung
Thu., 14.4.2011: Der Standard in Eastern Austria
> Online Version of Universum SK-AT Spezial
EU-money covers urgent need to protect wetlands
Martin Hutter, representing the Managing Authority of cross-border cooperation programme Slovakia - Austria, opened the event and presented 4 projects approved in 2009, which are dedicated to activity field "Cooperation and joint management of protected areas". These projects have a cumulated total budget of 3.5 million Euro. Funding resources for further projects are available!
Doris Fried (Weinviertel Management) and Milan Janák (Daphne) introduced "ramsar skat", a project approved in december 2009. Objectives of the project running till 2012 are cross-border activities to preserve the unique variety of endangered species in the area of Morava-Thaya wetlands, as well as additional visitors' attractions to raise awareness among the general public.
Franz Steiner (via donau) and Stephan Nemetz (Umweltbundesamt - Environment Agency Austria) presented the new project idea "MoRe" - revitalisation of Morava river. Based on Slovak-Austrian memoranda on protection of environment and in coordination with similar activities in adjacent areas, preparatory activities of restoration measures shall be carried out: Among required prerequisites are feasibility study, detailed planning and status-quo analysis. An application for funding of these activities by the cross-border cooperation programme Slovakia - Austria has been submitted.
The highlight of the event was a field trip to the wetlands. First stop was at the ruins of Devín castle, where Morava river joins Danube. From this point, numerous species of animals and plants have spread along Morava up to northern Europe. Further, evidence of human settlements date back until Stone Age. The second part of the field trip led to Lake Devín, the largest wetland area of western Slovakia. Nowadays, drainage and agriculture are threatening this valuable landscape.
> Pictures http://www.sk-at.eu/sk-at/fotos/fotos_en.php
Better jointly than individually
Augustín Pullmann, vice-governor of Trnava self-governing region, reported in his opening speech, that regional cooperation is often just the beginning, and spreads across borders on national and even European levels. In that spirit a cooperation agreement between Lower Austria and Trnava has been signed recently.
Milan Ftáčnik from the Slovak Association of Communities and Cities (ZMOS) knows numerous examples of successful cooperation on community level. ZMOS supports its members in their search for cooperation partners. The cross-border cooperation programme Slovakia - Austria 2007-2013 is an important funding source for cooperations with Austria. Further, cooperations established reach as far as to Scandinavia.
85% of communities of Lower Austria are joined together to 59 Small-sized Regions. Marianne Vitovec from the government of Lower Austria, department for Land Use Planning and Regional Policy, explained that many challenges of communities are tackled rather jointly than individually. As a support, the government of Lower Austria provides special funding for Small-sized Regions. The adaptation of public transport services to the needs of the citizens, or inter-communal sharing of infrastructure and staff are only two examples of the manifold visible success stories of cooperation on the level of Small-sized Regions.
Pupils free of borders
The following panel discussion featured mayors and representatives of communities and regions as well as experts in the field of cross-border coperation, who discussed experiences and perspectives of inter-communal cooperation.
For communities and regions, cooperation is a great opportunity to increase efficiency. Mutual exchange of experience always provides added value to the cooperating partners.
The projects implemented in the framework of the cross-border cooperation programme Slovakia - Austria 2007-2013 successfully stimulate cooperation. Investments into education, research and development are essential instruments to increase regional competitiveness. Further, the construction of the planned cross-border bridges over river Morava/March was considered important, since first of all the citizens should benefit from cross-border cooperation. Anyway, children are cutting-edge: since a few years, the languages of neighbouring countries are taught in several Lower Austrian nurseries, and the public cross-border bus connection Bratislava-Wolfsthal is used by many pupils either way.
After a break, new cross-border initiatives have been initiated: Representatives of Regional Bodies and Regional Managements brought partners together across borders. The Joint Technical Secretariat provided information about the project application and submission procedure.
Limit for ERDF-Cofinancing introduced
In the Monitoring Committee meeting on 12th February 2009, a threshold has been introduced limiting ERDF cofinancing per project to a maximum of € 750.000,-. The threshold is in force since the 3rd call (submission until 31st March 2009) for all upcoming calls until further notice. An exception is possible for publicly accessible transport infrastructure investments - for detailed information in this matter please contact the Joint Technical Secretariat or the Regional Body in your region.
Date for submission of projects postponed until 31st of March 2009!
The Monitoring Committee of the Cross Border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013 has decided in the framework of a written procedure to postpone the deadline for submission of projects until March 31-st 2009.
200 attended the annual event 2008 on 4th december in the festival room (Festsaal) of Vienna City Hall
About 200 participants from public as well as private organisations followed the invitation by the City of Vienna, Municipal Department 27 for EU-Strategy and Economic Development to the annual event of CBC SK-AT 2007-13 programme on 4th December in the festival room of Vienna City Hall.
DI Rudolf Schicker, councillor for urban Development and Transport in Vienna, underlined that the programme is an important instrument to demonstrate that cross-border cooperation generates a variety of positive impacts. A common coordinated approach is particularly vital to overcome the current financial crisis. Ing. Daniel Ács, state secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Construction and regional Development, appreciated the year-long tradition of quality cooperation between Slovakia and Austria, and expressed from the Slovak point of view an immediate need to provide the necessary infrastructure in order to carry on and improve cross-border relations.
Laila Řstergren from Directorate General of Regional Policy of the European Commission confirmed that European Territorial Cooperation will remain prioritised objective of the European Commission beyond 2013. In the following panel discussion, the common labour market, coordination of trainings and education, transfer of technology as well as cross-border culture and tourism activities were indicated as immediate future challenges of cross-border cooperation.
During the coffee-break there was a performance by the Pressburg Klezmer Band.
In the second part of the event, new innovative ideas for cross-border cooperation activities were discussed, new contacts were established and existing ones renewed. The JTS and representatives of the regions provided competent consultation and information about the programme.
More than 50 representatives of lead partners and project partners from the first approved projects attended the first lead partner seminar on 7th October 2008 in Vienna. The event was organised by the JTS, together with members of the first level control and the regional bodies, the lead partners and the project partners were given important information and individual consultation on how to successfully start their projects.
For the support of the bilateral Joint Technical Secretariat in Vienna we are seeking a Programme Manager/Financial Manager. The deadline for applications is 7 July 2008.
Further information including the Application Package can be downloaded.
Cross-border cooperation programme Slovakia – Austria 2007-2013 opens call for proposals!
Applications submitted until 7th April 2008 will be put forward to selection in June.
Vienna, March 10, 2008: The cross-border cooperation programme Slovakia – Austria 2007-2013 has opened its call for proposals. The application pack including Annexes, a guidance for applicants and the rules of eligibility are now available in the downloads section of the programme homepage.
Project applications completed and submitted to the Joint Technical Secretariat (JTS) in Vienna until 7th April 2008 will enter the first round of project selection by the Monitoring Committee on 12th and 13th June 2008.
Following a formal, eligibility and quality assessment of each application, the Monitoring Committee consisting of Slovak and Austrian representatives will select projects that promise to deliver added value to the border region.
Applications can be submitted anytime throughout the whole duration of the cross-border cooperation programme. The dates for further Monitoring Committee meetings with selection of applications shall be announced by the Managing Authority/JTS on the programme homepage.
The cross-border cooperation programme dedicates a total of 73,4 million of financing (ERDF and national public budget) for cooperation projects involving partners across Slovak and Austrian eligible border regions.
The current cross-border cooperation programme has for the first time introduced a new quality of cooperation between partners based on a lead partner principle. Partnerships include at least one Slovak and one Austrian partner usually from the public sector; however, private organisations can also become project partners in the programme Slovakia-Austria 2007-2013.
Projects should aim at improving regional competitiveness and sustainable development of the region by focusing on one of the two programme priorities: P1 “Learning region and economic competitiveness”, P2 “Accessibility and sustainable development”.
Applicants seeking guidance in the development of their project ideas can contact the Regional Bodies’ representatives from Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland, Self-governing Region of Bratislava and Trnava or the Joint Technical Secretariat located in Vienna.
For contact details, the application pack and further information please browse this homepage.
We are looking forward to CREATING THE FUTURE of the Slovak-Austrian Cross Border region.
The Team of SK-AT Cross- Border Cooperation Programme.
The City of Vienna, Managing Authority for the Future Cross-border Cooperation Programme Slovakia-Austria 2007-2013, organised a Kick-Off Forum for the Programme on 19 June 2007 in Bratislava. A total of 107 participants attended the forum, ranging from local to national authorities involved in the programme or as future project applicants.
The symbolic kick-off was a ride on river Danube with the Twin City Liner, co-funded by INTERREG funds, from Vienna to Bratislava. In the Hotel Danube in Bratislava the participants were welcomed by Walther Stöckl, (City of Vienna), and by official representatives from the Austrian Embassy and the Slovak Ministry of Construction and Regional Development.
The following presentations of the programme stakeholders gave a comprehensive overview on the cornerstones for the period 2007-2013. The introduction was given by Alexandra Deimel (Certifying Authority) and Milan Gál (Slovak Ministry of Construction and Regional Development) with a presentation of the milestones of the programming process. This was followed by an outline of the programme, its priorities and organisational structure by Martin Hutter from the designated Managing Authority. Elise Blais from Interact explained the lead partner principle, which is now compulsory and therefore one of the major novelties in the new programming period 2007-2013. Success stories from the Interreg IIIA Programme Austria-Slovakia 2000-2006 were presented, and finally Christiane Breznik (City of Vienna) gave an overview of the scope of European Territorial Cooperation in the period 2007-2013.
The Kick-Off Forum ended with a walk around the old town in Bratislava.