Interreg IPA CBC Croatia – Serbia


    Programme Thematic Objectives

    • Investment priority Icon Smarter Europe

      Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies
      Specific objective
      • The programme aims to support and speed up innovation and technology transfer, with a particular focus on the green economy. It seeks to establish links, enhance capacities, and promote cooperation among businesses to develop a smart and innovative economy in the area. The proposed actions include raising policy-making capabilities, establishing institutional cooperation among academia, industry, government, and civil society, sharing best practices among businesses, and facilitating knowledge and business exchanges across borders.
    • Investment priority Icon Greener Europe

      Promoting renewable energy in accordance with Renewable Energy Directive (EU) 2018/2001, including the sustainability criteria set out therein
      Specific objective
      • he programme aims to promote the development of favourable models and the exchange of experiences and practices that contribute to reducing CO2 emissions, with a particular focus on supporting energy-efficient models and practices for buildings and households. The actions will concentrate on public infrastructure, knowledge base creation, and human resources needed for the energy transition. They will also target national, regional, and local agencies promoting energy efficiency. The proposed actions include investing in measures and actions that enhance energy efficiency and the integration of sustainable and renewable energy sources, such as solar and bioenergy plants, when developing new infrastructure.
      • The expected results of these actions are improved conditions for public and private sector investments and innovations in energy efficiency and sustainable renewable energy integration across different sectors in the programme area.
    • Investment priority Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention, resilience taking into account eco-system based approaches
      Specific objective
      • The programme will prioritize the implementation of joint nature-based solutions and the development of sustainable systems to adapt to climate change. The objective is to enhance capacities and preparedness to combat climate change impacts and disasters while managing related risks. When developing new infrastructure, the use of renewable energy sources should be considered.
    • 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 aims to promote a transition from institutional and hospital-centred care models to family-based and community-based models, and to support primary and integrated healthcare. Residential care facilities may be supported if certain conditions are met, such as contributing to EU policy objectives, being fully in line with UNCRPD requirements, not undermining de-institutionalisation, upgrading existing standards and quality, and respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms.
      • The proposed actions aim to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of healthcare and social care systems in border areas by enhancing infrastructure, skills, and organization of healthcare and social care in the programme area.
    • Investment priority
      Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism in economic development, social inclusion and social innovation
      Specific objective
      • It is equally important in the programme area to develop sustainable tourism and culture that is financially self-sufficient and provides added value to consumers and local communities acting as hosts.
      • The programme aims to support specific, innovative, sustainable, green, digital, and smart forms of tourism and culture, including new and existing sustainable tourism and cultural sites. These forms of tourism and culture will provide advantages for local communities and economies.
  • Currently there are neither job vacancies or calls for projects open for this programme

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The programme’s mission is to improve the social, economic, and territorial development of the cross-border area by promoting cooperation and resilience to common challenges, such as economic transitions, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic’s long-term socioeconomic consequences.

The programme’s strategic objective is to achieve sustainable development through smart, green, and socially innovative projects that support three EU policy objectives: Smarter Europe, Greener Europe, and More Social Europe. The programme is aligned with the European Green Plan and the United Nations Programme on Sustainable Development until 2030, as well as the European Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) and the European Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR).

The programme has four key priorities or Priority Axes for the upcoming period: Cooperating for Smarter Programme Area, Cooperating for Greener and Climate Change Resilient Programme Area, Cooperating for Healthier and More Inclusive Programme Area, and Cooperating for More Sustainable and Socially Innovative Tourism and Culture. These priorities reflect the needs and challenges of the programme area, which includes four counties in Croatia and five districts in Serbia, covering over 25,505 km² of territory and more than 2.1 million inhabitants.

The programme’s specific objectives aim to achieve positive changes in the cross-border area, such as reducing disparities and increasing the capacity to recover from economic crises. The programme will focus on a limited set of objectives and policy areas where joint actions can have the most significant impact.

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