Chance B - Sozialbetriebs-GmbH
ERDF co-financing:€ 1 146 837,17
Total budget:€ 1 349 220,21
Timeline:01/2017 - 12/2019
Europäisches Zentrum für Wohlfahrtspolitik und Sozialforschung
Egyesített Egészségügyi és Szociális Intézmény Győr
Pálos Károly Szociális Szolgáltató Központ és Gyermekjóléti szolgáIat
Zalaegerszegi Gondozási Központ
In 2010 the World Health Organisation launched the initiative Age-friendly World. The vision is to reshape all towns and regions into an exceptional (!) living space in which to grow old. The project Age-friendly Region will contribute towards bringing this vision closer to the Hungary-Austria border region. Old age and care is a growing challenge for our societies. Previous ways of coping, such as a stronger commitment by relatives or the increased development of residential homes, are hardly suitable any more for improving the situation of older people who are in need of care. For this reason, the Age-friendly Region project will develop new approaches so that everyone in the region (and their relatives) can remain in their familiar surroundings, with a high quality of life and as independently as possible, even in old age. The cross-border cooperation allows the knowledge and experiences of both countries to be used and for a common model to be developed that builds on this. Six case managers will support 200 people with new systematic approaches for developing individual accommodation concepts as part of pilot projects, which are coordinated as much as possible with particular living and accommodation arrangements, and which are used in an optimal way with existing resources. The joint academic partners will analyse the experiences and effects of these new services in accordance with academic standards and open up the possibility of learning systematically from the differences between the two countries. For a long time, the strategies of the two countries on health have sought to improve support for older people in the organisation of everyday life and care at home and the better regional coordination of related services. Age-friendly Region will be an important step in this direction by the region and for the first time it will establish bilateral cooperation between AT and HU in this area.
Die Oststeirische Städtekooperation
ERDF co-financing:€ 1 299 281,66
Total budget:€ 1 528 566,67
Timeline:05/2016 – 10/2019
Körmend Város Önkormányzata
Lenti Város Önkormányzata
Deepening of a successful tripartite partnership
The City Cooperation project has helped in the period 2007-13, to establish a partnership of 24 cities (AT-SI-HU) and implement exemplary pilot and cooperation activities. Based on this experience the participating 8 Austrian, 7 Hungarian (and 9 Slovene) cities intend to still significantly deepen the initiative and focus on two very current joint challenges characteristic for the region. In order to highlight the identification with the cooperation in the cities at a political, administrative, economic and touristic level even more, Austrian cities have founded their own registered association as a carrier, which bundles all activities and is the basis for a trilateral funding body as a key project result. The greater project goal is analogue to PA 4 of AT-HU-Program "Enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration" strengthening of public services of the cities and making it more efficient as the main carriers of a polycentric and growth-oriented development of the cross-border region of Slovenia-Hungary-Austria by
- coordination and development of the positioning of the individual network partners as individually profiled and transregional perceptible lighthouses of the region as well as the cooperation in its entirety
- joint development and implementation of innovative and site-related purchasing power systems as a strategy for coping with the current challenges such as the digital transformation.
City Cooperation II develops solutions for an increased cooperation of the municipalities an institutions on the basis of concrete results, which increases the overall regional competitiveness.
Nyugat - Pannon Terület- és Gazdaságfejlesztési Szolgáltató Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft.
ERDF co-financing:€ 697 083,08
Total budget:€ 820 097,75
Timeline:01/2016 - 12/2019
Regionalmanagement Burgenland GmbH
The main focus of the project CONNREG is based on the challenges identified in the previous RECOM projects including the lack of information on spatial development of the nearby region/country and the European Union.
The main goal of the project is to share the knowledge and information because one of the essential conditions of common cross-border spatial development is the existence of common knowledge base. The overall objective is to establish and share professional regional knowledge base („What is going on on the other side of the border / in the EU?”), mutual understanding of regional management structures ("Who is responsible for what across the border / EU?"), raising awareness on cultural and organizational characteristics ("How problems are solved across the border / EU?").
Cross-border training academy, and thematic expert materials / summary will be created as the base of the academy, as well as people-to-people activities will be implemented to strengthen direct relations between organizations. The direct beneficiaries will be the professionals working on different levels of regional development, local and regional decision-makers, civil society organizations.
The project focuses on three successive levels:
- Aid policy of the EU, cross-border planning, spatial and settlement development in Hungary and Austria.
- Relations between the local and macro-regional policies (EU Strategy for the Danube Region, Centrope, etc.).
- Establishing and implementing of people-to-people activities and networks on local level.
ERDF co-financing:€ 785 677,31
Total budget:€ 924 326,25
Timeline:01/2017 – 12/2019
Magyar Szakszervezeti Szövetség
The labour market of the border region Burgenland – Western Hungary undergoes a dynamic development, which brings on both side of the border positive as well as negative impacts, which calls for the employment-related authorities.
Up to 20.000 Hungarian workers commute across the border, many of them are having alternating seasonal jobs in Hungary and in Austria. This means cross-border and alternating competence and relevance for the social security, taxation and other regulations concerning cross-border commuters.
The aim of the project is to institutionalize existing co-operations between employment-related authorities to create sustainable cross-border co-operation and better communication. As a consequence of this co-operation there will be a better Integration of cross-border issues into the workflows of the Hungarian and Austrian authorities and also a simplification and better understanding of the legal obligations of cross-border commuters.
The incorporation of all employment-related authorities and institutions on both sides of the border as well as the focusing on the special situation of the region caused by the high ratio of daily commuters on the labour market are important aspects of the project.
Besides long-term experience of the project partners at consulting of cross-border commuters is a comprehensive study on the situation of cross-border commuters the base for further project activities and for the enhancement of the institutional co-operation.
ERDF co-financing:€ 699 078,49
Total budget:€ 822 445,30
Timeline:01/2017 - 12/2019
Győr-Moson-Sopron Megyei Kormányhivatal
Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
Széchenyi István Egyetem
The pollen of ragweed are known to be particularly aggressive allergens and cause a tremendous economic loss each year. Whereas Hungary has already been affected for a long time and thereby successfully established control measures both in organizational and legal terms, the plant has in Austria increasingly spread only in the last years. Since the spread takes place via Eastern neighboring countries, the province of Burgenland is particularly strongly affected. However, on the Austrian side exists at the moment neither a regulated procedure for detection and control of ragweed, nor any collaboration with Hungarian authorities. This imbalance of capacity for action of administrative systems constitutes a major challenge for the border region. As ragweed does not stop at the border, this problem can only be combated by acting together.
The project has set the objective of establishing a sustainable institutional cooperation on the issue of ragweed control between relevant Austrian and Hungarian actors. This enables a know-how transfer that benefits both sides and improves the quality of public service and thereby also life quality of the population.
In the framework of the survey and research, fundamental data will be collected (main output 1: cross-border cooperation of universities in the frame of the research activities) on the basis of which coordinated recommendations can be made in order to control and to prevent the spread. A cross-border data exchange is first made possible by establishing a common ragweed reporting system. The establishment of a bilateral ragweed task force with experts of both countries lays the foundations for a long-lasting institutional cooperation (main output 2: cross-border cooperation of relevant actors in the field of ragweed control).
Europäisches Zentrum für Erneuerbare Energie Güssing GmbH
ERDF co-financing:€ 279 477,09
Total budget:€ 328 796,58
Timeline:04/2017 - 05/2019
Körmend és Kistérsége Önkormányzati Társulás
The collection, treatment and recycling of energy-rich raw materials and residues represents an unresolved problem in the interests of safeguarding and increasing the regional added value, the safety of the existing biomass power plants, the creation of new renewable energy plants, the increasing energy and resource efficiency in the cross-border project region ecoEnergyland (OEL) and area of Körmend. On the one hand the demand of raw materials for various biomass energy plants is growing, on the other hand we have accommodate increasing amounts of residues (for example sewage sludge) that must be collected, treated and recycled. Also the relevant laws (for example, landfill or agricultural application of sewage sludge) getting continuously stringent. Additionally the potential of not covered by householdsgreen waste, currently not collected and not recycled residues (for example, bank wood, grass, shrubs, trees and pruning in the communities), will also be very high. The existing power generation facilities in the ecoEnergyland are already partially supplied from Hungary with raw materials, but supply currently happens unstructured. That's disadvantageous for energy plants and the collection of raw material suppliers equally.
Main objectives of the project:
- Development of a structured, cross-border raw and residue material collection system according to the legal requirements and transfer into an orderly recovery system in the interests of economic continuation of the existing biomass power plants and in the interest of creating new energy systems in the cross-border project region
- In particular, the investigation of the possibility of energy recovery of sewage sludge (according to sewage sludge strategy) and of available redesigned feedstock from newly collection system through innovative technologies in the project regions.
- institutional harmonization on the energy sector.
Győr-Moson-Sopron Megyei Kereskedelmi és Iparkamara
ERDF co-financing:€ 886 011,33
Total budget:€ 1 042 366,32
Timeline:01/2018 – 06/2020
Széchenyi István Egyetem
Kisalföldi Vállalkozásfejlesztési Alapítvány
Fachhochschule Burgenland GmbH
Wirtschaft Burgenland GmbH
CAMPUS 02 - Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft GmbH
Although innovation potential is high and economic performance exceeds the EU average in the program region, innovation performance results lag behind the EU average values. The overall objective of the project is to strengthen young enterprises (<5 years) with mentoring and coaching services and to help them to increase innovation performance on long term, to establish a cross-border business (start-up) community in order to support long-term innovation and business cooperation across the border.
As a result, active business cooperation is established among the young and start-up enterprises, R&D action plans tailored to specific SME needs will intensify the use of research infrastructure and know-how. Utilising project services, young SMEs can improve market and financial results and identified R&D possibilities ensure a strong base for long-term successful existence and operation. Start-ups receive targeted mentoring services, innovation management knowledge of young entrepreneurs increase, and as a main result, survival chances of young enterprises increase considerably. The final beneficiaries of the project are young enterprises on both side of the border. In the frame of the project individual (mentoring, coaching, and consultancy) and joint group (workshop, company visits with Austrian and Hungarian participants) events will be organised. Innovation performance of young SMEs will be assessed by the same method in both regions, therefore results can be compared and evaluated (such survey does not exist). The establishment and operation of the cross-border business community for young SMEs is a unique element that can become a best practice even on European level. All methods used during idea-selection, joint validation by Austrian and Hungarian businessman, common trainings, during the formation of possibly mixed (AT and HU participants) pilot teams can be utilised by the partners also on long term.
ERDF co-financing:€ 376 343,44
Total budget:€ 442 757,00
Timeline:01/2018 – 06/2020
Győri Atlétikai Club
Landessportzentrum VIVA GmbH
Violence amongst children and teenagers has reached a new dimension in Austria and Hungary. Sport reduces their agression and contributes to the creation of equal opportunities. Common events, trainings and exchange activities create connections where there was no cooperation so far.
The aim of the project is to establish a sustainable cooperation between the wrestling associations in Austria and Hungary. As a core output the 8 most important organizations should be involved in these activities and 9 joint sport events (camps, training courses and competitions) should be realized.
The popularity of wrestling has decreased in Austria as well as in Hungary. Both countries are struggling with this challenge and together the wrestling associations want to solve it. A joint cross-border platform "Wrestling Without Borders" will be established to raise awareness among young people in the schools of the border region. Through advanced training courses and educational videos the knowledge base in the border region will be broader and the sport will be more attractive. Modular training courses for children and young people with a different level of knowledge will follow. The kids will compete with their neighbors in four joint tournaments and three joint training camps.
The promising cooperation of the wrestling associations, which emerged immediately after the fall of the Iron Curtain, unfortunately faded away in the last decade. Today, the joung wrestlers of those days are the presidents of the wrestling associations. They have benefited from the joint activities and would like to offer the same opportunities also to today's kids and thus revitalize and institutionalize their cooperation. The participation of a number of high-ranking strategic partners guarantees the transfer of the project results into the national level.