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Unchanged Priorities

Even though the new Programme comes with a complete new strategy for the development of the cross-border region in the next programming period and includes a specific set of development tools within the proposed five Priority Axes that correspond to the long-term vision of the European Union, the main priorities of all those included remain the same – better living conditions for the local communities.

The programming experts, under close supervision of both the Task Force and the independent external ex-ante evaluators, have developed a document to serve as the basis of the next generation of  co-operation between Hungary and Croatia, taking great care to make the most out of the results and achievements of the current Programme, recognising the solid foundations the Programme has laid in building up the institutional and professional capacities for the implementation of the Programme and of the individual projects, as well as the formation of a large number of well-functioning partnerships as its greatest achievements.
 
We can already reveal that the new Programme is envisaged to have as its overall objective the deepening and, as much as possible, extending the scope of co-operation and networking, with a firm basis in the previous Programme. The strategy of the Programme aims at effectively promoting the overall long-term vision for the programme area, jointly formulated by the various participants of the programming process in the following way:
 
'The Hungary-Croatia border area is characterised by an intense and diverse co-operation, facilitated by appropriate cross-border connections, shared knowledge and active and motivated groups of the society, in the focus of which stands the sustainable and value-added exploitation of the region’s rich natural and cultural resources and the permanent enrichment of economic, institutional and individual relationships across the border.'
 
In order to achieve this long-term goal, the programming exercise has identified five priority axes, within which a number of investment priorities have been recognised as tools for the strategic development of the region:
 
Priority Axis 1:
Economic Development - Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs
 
Priority Axis 2:
Sustainable Use of Natural and Cultural Assets – Preserving and Protecting the Environment and Promoting Resource Efficiency

Priority Axis 3:
Cooperation - Enhancing Institutional Capacity and an Efficient Public Administration

Priority Axis 4:
Education - Investing in Education, Training, including Vocational Training for Skills and Lifelong Learning by Developing Education and Training Infrastructure

Priority Axis 5:
Technical Assistance
 
These priority axes are part of a comprehensive strategy identifying the appropriate course of action in each of the individual fields that will jointly contribute to the harmonised development of the cross-border region, benefiting in this way the local communities and bringing them closer to each other.
 
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