Newsletter - April 2014

Phasing out, Phasing in

Dear Readers,

the end of 2013 marked the official ending of the 2007-2013 financial perspective of the European Union, and with that the end of the current programming period. This, of course, does not mean a clear-cut end for the activities still being implemented, but a gradual transition into the next incarnation of the Hungary-Croatia Cross-border Co-operation Programme.

Following the pace of the programming cycle, the Programme has recently been focusing ever more on the future, with numerous activities connected to the planning for the new programming period, while still keeping a close eye on the final projects being implemented within the 2007-2013 programming period.

In accordance to the n+3 rule, there is still plenty of time to make good use of all the resources available to the cross-border area through the 2007-2013 Programme. Therefore, the beginning of the new cycle saw the programme's longest-running projects coming to a successful close, tourism-themed projects in full implementation and, thanks to some additional funding becoming available to the Programme, the second batch of reserve list projects being contracted. Simultaneously, the external experts are working fiercely on developing a programme for the new 2014-20 period, to be ready to be submitted to the European Commission for approval later this year. 

More about all this in the Newsletter before you! Phase in and enjoy!

Long Wait Worth the While

The Programme's two longest-running projects, Mura WWTP and Water and Life for Vuka and Drava, awarded funding within the First Call for Proposals, have been recently successfully completed. Both projects included large-scale infrastructure investment and open-air activities and both faced prolongations - mainly due to severe weather conditions. 

De-mine Action in the Border Area

The Programme’s largest project, De-mine HUHR , supported under the Second Call for Proposals, with the EU contribution of 3 million euro finished successfully with the final project report accepted early this year.

Tourism Development Projects

Following the plan set out in the Programming document, of strategic approach to tourism development in the area, the latter part of the Programme cycle sees the thematic shift in the supported projects. The largest part of the Third Call funding was awarded to tourism-themed projects that are now in full implementation.

New Projects from the Reserve List

Thanks to the large number of high quality projects submitted to the Programme within the Third Call for Proposals and additional money allocated to the Programme in the final implementation phase, 13+8 new projects have been approved funding in 2013, with several more expecting to receive funding before the closure of the Programme.

Planning 2014

With the programming period reaching its end, and the Programme slowly closing down, the focus is shifting towards the plans for the future of co-operation between two Member States. Lead by the programming experts and with the inclusion of all the relevant stakeholders, the new generation of Hungary-Croatia Cross-border Co-operation Programme is being developed.

European Co-operation Day 2014

Following in the footsteps of the first two successful Europe-wide campaigns promoting European Territorial Co-operation (ETC), the third edition of European Co-operation Day  (ECD) is to be organised in September 2014. As before, this will be a chance to promote the best practices in co-operation, exchange experiences and share the ideas for new, more integrated Europe.


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