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    Programme Thematic Objectives

    • Investment priority Icon Smarter Europe

      Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies
      Specific objective
      • The focus is on providing support for activities that expedite innovation and technology transfer, mainly (though not solely) in the realms of the blue and green economies, circular economies, agriculture, food production, fisheries, and aquaculture. Other areas of emphasis include climate change, renewable resources, smart manufacturing, biodiversity, and skills development for smart specialisation.
      • The projects that receive support will endeavour to establish connections, enhance capabilities, and encourage the adoption of collaborative best practices among businesses. The goal is to facilitate the growth of a smart and innovative economy throughout the region. These projects are designed to enhance policymaking abilities, foster institutional cooperation across the quadruple helix, create exemplary practices in businesses, and establish exchanges of knowledge and business operations across borders.
    • Investment priority Enhancing sustainable growth and competitiveness of SMEs and job creation in SMEs, including by productive investments
      Specific objective
      • This specific objective aims at providing direct support to SMEs in the Programme area, with the aim of enhancing their competitiveness, promoting sustainable growth, and generating employment opportunities. The Programme intends to facilitate cooperation and knowledge sharing among SMEs, particularly in the areas of entrepreneurial skills, digitalisation, technological advancements, creation of cross-border value chains, sharing of best practices in product development, marketing, and competition in new cross-border markets. To achieve this, the Programme aims to simplify the legal and regulatory framework, provide access to easy finance, ensure adequate infrastructure and education, and offer business support services.
      • The proposed actions will be addressed through the Small Project Fund (SPF).
    • Investment priority Icon Greener Europe

      Promoting energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
      Specific objective
      • Under this specific objective, the Programme aims to promote the exchange of favourable models, experiences and practices that contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions. Additionally, the Programme aims to reduce energy consumption and introduce innovative technologies in the field of renewable energy sources. The Programme's focus is particularly on supporting models and practices that enhance the energy efficiency of buildings and households.
      • The proposed measures and actions include initiatives that improve energy efficiency and encourage the integration of sustainable energy sources in various sectors, with a preference for nature-based solutions.
    • Investment priority Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention, resilience taking into account eco-system based approaches
      Specific objective
      • The Programme will prioritise joint nature-based solutions and sustainable systems development for climate change adaptation. The ultimate objective is to bolster the capacities and preparedness for managing climate change impacts and disasters, while mitigating associated risks.
      • The Programme will concentrate on identifying shared solutions and developing sustainable systems that enable relevant stakeholders to jointly promote disaster prevention, resilience, and climate change adaptation.
    • Investment priority
      Promoting the transition to a circular and resource efficient economy

      Specific objective
      • The solutions envisaged under this specific objective aim to introduce new technologies and models, foster policy development and raise awareness, which can substantially boost capacities and practices in all three countries through joint planning and knowledge exchange.
      • Through collaboration, joint planning and local and regional government-level exchanges, as well as through citizen-led collective efforts, the Programme aims to enhance the overall capacities of stakeholders and establish conditions for sustainable resource management across the Programme area.
      • It is expected that the proposed measures will improve the overall conditions for sustainable resource management, including the efficient use of waste and innovative technology adoption, through cooperation, joint planning, and knowledge sharing among stakeholders.
    • Investment priority Icon social Europe

      Ensuring equal access to health care and fostering resilience of health systems, including primary care, and promoting the transition from institutional to family-care and community-based care
      Specific objective
      • The Programme seeks to promote a transition from an institutional and hospital-centred model to a family-based and community-based approach, supporting primary and integrated healthcare models.
      • The Programme aims to enhance the accessibility and effectiveness of the healthcare system in border areas by improving the infrastructure, skills, and organisation of healthcare in the Programme area. The proposed measures aim to demonstrate their contribution to the resilience and sustainability of the healthcare system.
    • Investment priority
      Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism in economic development, social inclusion and social innovation
      Specific objective
      • The Programme aims to promote sustainable tourism and culture that is financially self-sufficient and provides added value to both tourists and local communities.
      • To achieve this, the Programme will focus on supporting specific, innovative, sustainable, green, digital, and smart forms of tourism and culture, including new and existing sustainable tourism and cultural sites. The Programme will strictly consider potential impacts on the environment, while ensuring that these initiatives benefit local economies and communities.
  • Currently there are neither job vacancies or calls for projects open for this programme

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The Programme will support cooperation projects with EUR 106,987,000.00 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the IPA III Fund. It continues the successful cooperation of the three countries from 2014-2020 and aims to strengthen social, economic, and territorial development of the cross-border area. The Programme will address economic transition processes, climate change, and the socioeconomic consequences of COVID-19. It will reduce disparities in development and increase the capacity of the programme area to recover from the economic crisis.

The Programme’s strategic objective is to foster smart, green, and inclusive development of the cross-border region by implementing joint projects within the framework of three EU policy objectives: Smarter Europe, Greener Europe, and More Social Europe. It aims to address challenges to sustainable development such as climate change and environmental degradation, and contribute to the achievement of the European Green Plan and the United Nations Programme on Sustainable Development.

The Programme is in line with the general objective of IPA III to support beneficiaries in implementing reforms required to align with Union values. It has four key priorities: smart investments in research, innovation, and competitive entrepreneurship; green investments in environmental protection and efficient risk management; accessible and resilient health services; and sustainable and inclusive tourism and culture.

The Programme area includes 12 counties in Croatia, Brčko District, and 109 municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and 12 municipalities in Montenegro. It covers over 87,453.95 km² of territory and over 5.1 million inhabitants.

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