Interreg Germany/Bavaria – Austria

  • Programme Thematic Objectives

    • A smarter Europe – innovative and smart economic transformation

        RSO 1.1 Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies

        • Research and innovation activities, including networking, in SMEs

        • Technology transfer and cooperation between companies, research centres and academia

        • Research and innovation processes, technology transfer and collaboration between companies, research centres and universities with a focus on low-carbon economy, resilience and adaptation to climate change

        RSO 1.4 Developing skills for smart specialisation, industrial transition and entrepreneurship

        • Developing skills for smart specialisation, industrial transformation, entrepreneurship and business adaptability to change

        • Advanced support services for SMEs and SME associations (including management, marketing and design services)

        • Promotion of innovation centres, including between companies, research institutes and public bodies, as well as business networks, which primarily benefit SMEs

    • A greener, low-carbon Europe

        RSO 2.4 Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention and resilience, taking into account eco-system based approaches

        • Climate change adaptation and prevention and management of climate-related risks: other, e.g. B. Storms and droughts (such as awareness-raising activities, civil protection and response facilities, infrastructure assets and ecosystem-based approaches)

        • Measures to adapt to climate change and prevent and manage climate-related risks: floods and landslides (such as awareness-raising measures, disaster prevention and management facilities, infrastructure assets and ecosystem-based approaches)

        • Supporting entities that provide services that contribute to a low-carbon economy and improve resilience to climate change, including awareness-raising activities

        RSO 2.7 Biodiversity and green infrastructure

        • Protection, restoration and sustainable use of Natura 2000 areas

        • Conservation and protection of biodiversity, natural heritage and resources, green and blue infrastructure facilities

    • A more social Europe implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights

        RSO 4.6 Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism

        • Protection, development and promotion of public tourism resources and services

        • Protection, development and promotion of the cultural heritage and cultural offers

        • Protection, development and promotion of natural heritage and eco-tourism, except in Natura 2000 areas

    • A Europe closer to citizens – sustainable and integrated development of urban, rural and coastal areas through local initiatives

        RSO 5.2 Fostering the integrated and inclusive social, economic and environmental local development, culture, natural heritage, sustainable tourism and security in areas other than urban areas

        • Spatial planning initiatives, including the creation of territorial strategies

    • A better cooperation governance

        RSO 6.6 Other actions to support better cooperation governance

        • Improving cooperation with partners inside and outside the Member States

        • Improving the institutional capacity of authorities and stakeholders for the implementation of territorial cooperation projects and initiatives in a cross-border, transnational, maritime and interregional context

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The Interreg VI-A programme Germany/Bavaria – Austria 2021 – 2027 is one of 73 cross-border funding programmes within the European Territorial Cooperation (Interreg). The funding priorities within these programmes are specially tailored to the respective programme area to promote and strengthen cross-border cooperation in a targeted manner. All Interreg programmes are part of the European cohesion policy 2021-2027. Around €8 billion from the Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is available for Interreg in this funding period. The Interreg programme Germany/Bavaria – Austria accounts for around €61.5 million from this budget.

In the programming period 2021 – 2027, the long tradition of cross-border cooperation in the programme area will be continued and thematically focused on the main challenges. To this end, the departments responsible for the programme drew up the cooperation programme with the participation of numerous interested parties from civil society and the public sector.

Five main topics, so-called priority axes (PA), were defined:

  • Sustainable Economy
  • Resilient Environment
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Integrated Regional Development
  • Cross-Border Governance

The cooperation programme is based on the regulations of the European Commission (EU) 2021/1060, 2021/1059 and 2021/1058, as well as two implementing legal acts, which, among other things, provide the framework for the main content of the Interreg programmes of the EU funding programming period 2021 – 2027 determine. The five priority axes of the Interreg programme Germany/Bavaria – Austria are divided into a total of seven specific objectives (SO), in which the projects with their planned measures must be able to be classified. A project’s contribution to a Specific Objective is defined, among other things, by output and result indicators. Output and result indicators measure the achievement of the programme’s objectives. At the same time, they are a quantitative expression of the project’s success and the achievement of the project’s objectives. The aim is to determine which output the project implementation generated and which long-term result is achieved.

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