Programme Thematic Objectives
Projects receiving support are expected to improve and maintain biodiversity in the border area, enhance green and blue infrastructure, improve water quality, and reduce pollution. These actions should comply with relevant directives and strategies, such as the Habitats, Birds, and Invasive Alien Species directives, as well as the Water Framework, Drinking Water, and Floods Directives, and the Biodiversity and EU Forest Strategies for 2030.
To protect plants and animals and reduce pollution, this priority will support two types of actions:
• Creating joint plans and models to preserve natural assets and biodiversity
• Taking action together to protect biodiversity, manage water and disasters, and reduce pollution.
RSO 2.7 Biodiversity and green infrastructure
The supported tourism projects will aim to develop sustainable models in lesser-known rural areas with natural and cultural assets, while considering ecological networks and local cultural heritage. Existing tourism products should be upgraded and integrated into cross-border tourism, with emphasis on promotion and regional management. Local players, including vulnerable populations, should be involved to integrate tourism into the local economy
This priority supports two types of actions:
• Developing joint tourism quality standards and destination management models based on cultural and natural potential and cooperation of tourism organizations.
• Implementing pilot actions and joint solutions to better include culture and cultural heritage in the development of quality tourist attractions and connected tourism services.
RSO 4.6 Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism
Legal and administrative cooperation projects aim to improve knowledge of local decision makers, create new cross-border initiatives, and harmonize planning systems and processes. The projects will focus on low-carbon initiatives, circular economy, education and labor market cooperation, and social and health care. These include fostering renewable energy and combating energy poverty, promoting circular economy models, enhancing cross-border education and employment opportunities, and improving social and healthcare services.
RSO 6.2 Enhance efficient public administration
RSO 6.3 Build up mutual trust
Projects under mutual trust building priority aim to build new links in civil society cooperation, enhance individual relationships, and increase mutual understanding through positive experiences. They focus on cross-border cooperation in arts and culture, sport events, minority traditions, intercultural dialogue, and inter-generational solidarity. These projects are of strategic importance and highly contribute to the Programme's visibility.
Under this component, the following activities shall be supported:
• Trust building activities in the field of arts and culture, sport, minorities, intercultural dialogue, inter-generational solidarity;
• Organisation of various events with involvement of the target groups and the general public.
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The Interreg programme Slovenia-Hungary is a European Union funding programme that supports cross-border cooperation. Cooperation between Slovenia and Hungary started in the middle of the 90s and resulted in an accumulation of valuable experiences regarding the EU territorial cooperation between the management bodies but also among relevant stakeholders from the two countries. Administrative and implementing arrangements introduced in each of the programming period gradually improved conditions for cooperation, such as joint calls for proposals, joint projects, lead partner principle and contributed to eliminating some important obstacles.
The Interreg Programme Slovenia-Hungary programme area for the period 2021-2027 includes the following eligible NUTS 3 regions:
– Slovenia: Pomurje and Podravje;
– Hungary: Vas and Zala counties.
The territory covers 10.627 km2 in total, two-thirds of the area belong to the Hungarian, and one-third to the Slovenian border region, divided by a border of 102 km in length. Population density is 90,6 persons/km2 which is way under EU-27 average. Podravje region is the most densely populated due to Maribor (the second biggest city in Slovenia), while the other regions are more sparsely populated, showing rural characteristics.
The settlement structure of the programme area shows duality features: besides some important larger cities, the majority of the area’s extent is a typically rural, rarely populated region with lots of small villages. The programme area is characterised by various types of landscape: flat Pannonian areas (Pomurje, Podravje, Vas) are varying with hilly (Podravje, Zala) and subalpine territories (Pomurje, Vas).
Financing and budget
Programme mission and vision
The programme area between Slovenia and Hungary has identified several potentials, needs and challenges expressed by the actors in the programme area that clearly show that the territory is ahead of important transitions that can be jointly addressed. The programme is focusing on a limited number of thematic areas and will pool resources to drive the change and take opportunity for increased level of cooperation capacity, new development and common solutions to challenges identified.
The vision of the cross-border programme is to contribute to an active and cooperating border/programme region aware of its environmental, natural and cultural values, through promoting sustainable utilisation, preservation and exploitation for tourism purposes, setting up a well identifiable and attractive green tourism destination.
Joint Secretariat Slovenia-Hungary
- Government office of the Republic of Slovenia for Development and European Cohesion policy (GODC)
European Territorial Cooperation and Financial Mechanism Office, Cross-border Programmes Management Division
SI-2000 Maribor, Slovenia