SK-AT 2007-2013 - creating the future
SK-AT 2007-2013 - creating the future

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Strengths and Weaknesses of the Programme region

This comparison of the strengths and weaknesses reflects the differing overall structural conditions along the Austrian-Slovakian border and points out the opportunities and risks.
Located at the intersection of three countries, the southern parts of the border region (NUTS III regions Nordburgenland, Wiener Umland-Südteil, Wien, Bratislava and Trnava) have clear locational advantages with respect to overall settlement and economic structures, and thus show a positive dynamic of growth. The vicinity of the two capitals, Vienna and Bratislava, as well as the region’s well-developed infrastructure plays an important role.

The situation is different within the border region (Map Austrian-Slovak border region):

  • Urban agglomerations (Vienna – Bratislava)
  • Rural regions with weak economic structures and poor cross-border accessibility (Wiener Umland-Nordteil, Weinviertel, Trnava)
  • Dynamic regions with a manifold economic structure (Nordburgenland, Wiener Umland-Südteil, parts of Bratislava region)

The region has developed dynamically since the opening up of the borders — highly dynamic, advancing from a low level in Nordburgenland, which is also true for the Bratislava region in Slovakia (the strongest region in Slovakia).

Despite the progress achieved in catching up, the disparity in the levels of prosperity and development, with all of the positive and negative consequences this implies, poses the greatest challenge to the goal of establishing functioning cross-border relations for the future.

The main challenges for cross-border cooperation in the years 2007-2013 are to contribute to the development of a socially, economically and environmentally integrated, attractive border region. This contribution shall be based on:

  • the intensification and enhancement of the interactions between the stakeholders from both sides of the border, using existing and newly established links (networks),
  • the support and implementation of projects with a distinctive cross-border dimension and sustainable effects,
  • the improvement of links between the urban centres and rural areas across the border
  • the promotion and support of the principle of sustainable development,
  • the enhancement of cooperation in the field of research, development and innovation including the transfer of and access to knowledge,
  • the inclusion of all social groups in the region (primarily those at risk of social exclusion), based on the openness and tolerance as guiding principles
  • the continuous professional dialogue and exchange of know-how on strategies for the development of the border region through its integration reflecting the existing needs.

Along the border line between the old and new member states of the EU, no other CB-cooperation region includes two major capitals at such proximity. There is a great development potential for both metropolitan regions and the AT-SK border region as a whole, to contribute to the rebuilding of Europe’s political and economic landscape by building an integrated cross-border region.

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