The EU cofinanced Interreg V-A Austria-Hungary programme supports cooperation projects across the border region of Austria and Hungary. The main objective is to strengthen economic, social, cultural and ecologic contacts in the border region and to enhance regional competitiveness, contemporaneous weakening of regional disparities.
Austria and Hungary share a long history concerning cross-border cooperation. The framework of the programmes (PHARE, CBC, Interreg II-A, III-A and ETZ) which started 1995 was improved continuously. The cooperation and interaction between people, companies and institutions became self-evident, not only in the financed projects but in everyday life. This positive development will also be supported in the current period 2014-2020.In thematic terms, the support of the programme Interreg V-A Austria-Hungary concentrates on four cooperation areas. You can read more about the priorities and their specific objectives on the programme homepage.
The programme Interreg V-A Austria-Hungary is financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The EU contributes ERDF-resources to an amount of over 78 m EUR. With the additional national contribution of Austria and Hungary, the total programme budget amounts to 95 m EUR.Projects receive funding from the EU up to a maximum of 85% of their total costs. All projects have to raise a financing contribution out of public or private means of at least 15%. An additional requirement for funding is a minimum total project budget of 25.000 EUR.Partnerships containing at least one Austrian and one Hungarian partner, of which one has to be the leading partner (LP), are able to be funded as in the former period 2007 – 2013. The LP is responsible for the project development and for the application of the project that has to be submitted to the Joint Secretariat. Further responsibilities of the LP concern the project management and the implementation of the whole project. Last but not least the LP is the only contact organisation for the programme management regarding matters of administration and reporting of the project respectively the only organisation able to sign the contract with the managing authority.The following legal entities may act as lead partner or project partner:
• Public or public-equivalent institutions,
• Non-profit organisations,
• Other institutions which on project level act in public interest,
• Private institutions, including private companies, having legal personality.
Find out more by visiting the relevant site of the programme homepage.