Interreg V-A Italy-Austria 2014-2020
The Interreg V-A Italy-Austria program is a cross border program under the European Territorial Cooperation Goal for the programming period 2014-2020, aiming to support a balanced and sustainable development and a harmonious integration of the border region between Italy and Austria. The program is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as well as national public contributions for a total of 98 million euro.
With these funds, the programme promotes Italian-Austrian cooperation projects in the fields of research and innovation, nature and culture, institutional capacity and community led local development.
The main aim of the programme is to strengthen territorial cooperation and to maintain the quality of life and competitiveness in the border area between Italy and Austria. These objectives will be achieved through actions aimed at overcoming border barriers, creating new cross-border synergies, increasing territorial attractiveness, increasing sustained regional growth and achieving high levels of employment, productivity, and social cohesion.
With an area of over 50,000 square kilometers and a population of over 5.5 million inhabitants (in 2013), the eligible area of the cross border program extends for a total of 19 NUTS-3 areas in the border region between Italy and Austria.
Compared to previous programming periods, the area of cooperation for the period 2014-2020 has been extended: former areas of flexibility were included as full program areas.
As a general rule, the project beneficiaries should be based in the eligible area and all project activities should be carried out within it. The Lead Partner must, in any case, be based in the area of cooperation. A cooperation with beneficiaries based outside this area, including cooperation with other Interreg programmes, is possible, provided that their participation is an increase in quality of the partnership and project content, adds additional value to the eligible area and their being funded with ERDF funds is unanimously approved by all participating regions to the programme.
The eligible area of the Interreg V-A Italy-Austria 2014-2020 includes:
The programme strategy is built upon the objectives and requirements of Europe 2020 and CTE, as well as on a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats analysis carried out in the programme area in order to determine how the programme funding should be allocated in order to achieve the maximum development towards a balanced and sustainable development and a harmonious integration of the border region. In addition, stakeholders and the public were involved in the drafting. Building on this, the Interreg V-A Italy-Austria programme has outlined four priority axes, in the context of which the programme will support cross border projects over the next seven years.
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