Yesterday, on 7 November 2017, 5 Subsidy contracts for the co-financing with funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) were signed in the frame of the Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Slovenia-Hungary for the programme period 2014-2020. Together with the 6 projects that are already being implemented and the two projects that will sign their contracts afterwards, there are 13 approved projects in the frame of the programme that will, in the period 2014-2020, strengthen the already very successful cross-border cooperation between the two countries. The latter will, also in the future, ensure a large number of successful connections on both sides of the border, and projects that will contribute to improving the quality of life of the inhabitants of the common border area. The projects through which cross-border relations are practically made, ultimately contribute to the understanding of diversity, enrich us mentally and conceptually and promote awareness that our neighbourhood is not foreign but part of a common Europe.
The ongoing Open Call with several deadlines for the submission of project applications, in the frame of which the Subsidy contracts were signed today, was published in December 2015. For funds in the amount of a little less than 14,8 million euros ERDF, the beneficiaries from both sides of the border (4 regions are eligible: in Slovenia Pomurska and Podravska; and in Hungary counties Vas and Zala) were able to submit their projects, content wise related to conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage and enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration. The third submission deadline closed in April 2017, the final decision on the approval was adopted by the programme’s Monitoring Committee, consisting of representative of both Member States, in the beginning of July 2017. 7 projects (26 applications were submitted) in the total value of 3 million euros ERDF were approved for co-financing, aiming at long-term effects by using the cross-border potential in the areas of tourism, public services, natural and cultural heritage and sustainable inter-institutional integration. The official signing of the contracts was attended by representatives of five Lead Partners of the approved projects, namely TELE-KA-LAND, MURA RABA TOUR, Horse based tourism – HBT, e-documenta Pannonica and Back in the day.
The forth deadline of the Open Call will close on 14 November 2017. The selection procedures for the projects should be completed in the mid of March 2018, the following. Information about the available funds and the exact date of the deadline will be available on the programme website at least two months prior to the closure of the deadline.
Information on the approved projects is available under the following link.
News by TV AS about the event can be watched here.
News by RTV SLO about the event can be watched here.