EU Subsidies - International Co-operation

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Activity range

The Section for EU Subsidies - International Co-operation is charged with handling international subsidy programmes of the EU Structural Funds, financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Alongside Vienna, additional regions of both Austria and other EU Member States participate in these programmes.

Importance for Vienna

International positioning of Vienna and the European Region CENTROPE as a competence hub for the implementation of cross-border and transnational subsidisation initiatives within the scope of cohesion policy.

Track record

The Community initiative INTERREG employed ERDF funds to promote increased co-operation between the regions of the European Union. From 1995 to 2006, the programmes INTERREG II and INTERREG III enabled the implementation of more than 200 projects involving the City of Vienna.

EU funds were drawn upon to co-finance projects in the fields of economy and labour market, education, regional planning and transport, the environment, research and development, health and networks.

Current subsidy programmes 2007 to 2013

Background

In the new EU budgetary period 2007 to 2013, the Community initiative INTERREG III was upgraded by the European Commission to an Objective 3 programme (European Territorial Co-operation - ETC).

Vienna further intensified its commitment and competencies in the new EU budgetary period 2007 to 2013 and is responsible for the management of the following EU programmes:

ETC Programme Austria-Slovakia 2007 to 2013 (cross-border)

Programme area: Vienna, Burgenland, Lower Austria, Regions of Trnava and Bratislava.

  • Managing authority for the overall programme
  • Joint Technical Secretariat
  • Regional co-ordination point for the Federal Province of Vienna

ETC Programme Austria-Czech Republic 2007 to 2013 (cross-border)

Programme area: Vienna, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Regions of South Bohemia, South Moravia and Vysocina.

  • Regional co-ordination point for the Federal Province of Vienna

ETC Programme Austria-Hungary 2007 to 2013 (cross-border)

Programme area: Vienna, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Counties of Györ-Moson-Sopron, Vas and Zala.

  • Regional co-ordination point for the Federal Province of Vienna

All three programmes are funded by the EU with a total of approximately EUR 41 million for the Viennese lead partners. Cross-border projects in the following fields receive subsidisation to an extent of up to 85 percent:

  • SMEs
  • Research and development
  • Culture
  • Tourism
  • Education and skill building
  • Labour market integration
  • Social dimension and integration
  • Health
  • Transport and regional accessibility
  • Sustainable spatial development and regional governance
  • Management of nature conservation areas
  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy resources
  • Risk management

ETC Programme Central Europe 2007 to 2013 (transnational)

Programme area: regions in the eight Member States Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary, as well as five regions in Ukraine.

  • Managing authority for the overall programme

This programme disposes of approximately EUR 245 million of EU grants for projects addressing four thematic focuses - that is sustainable urban development, innovation & research, environment and accessibility - which receive funding to the tune of 75 to 85 percent of project costs.

Successful projects in co-operation with Slovakia, the Czech Republik and Hungary

EU-funded international co-operation projects

Objective of programmes

The objective lies in strengthening the economic and social cohesion of regions in the European Union by implementing projects that promote cross-border, transnational and interregional co-operation and balanced spatial development.

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Eva Gsteu-Kirschbaum (European Affairs)
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