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

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Priority 1
Learning region and economic competitiveness

The objective of Priority 1

To build an innovation- and knowledge-based CB-economy, based on cultural heritage and social inclusion

The strategic profile of the intended interventions in Priority 1 can be summarized as follows:

  • To strengthen the innovative capacity of SMEs in all economic sectors
  • To support the expansion of RTDI-infrastructures and activities (inside and outside of universities), and the increase of the regions’ innovative capacity
  • To effectively link the various elements of the cross-border region’s innovation-system and provide for knowledge transfer
  • To promote information society, effective use of information and communication tech¬nologies
  • To develop strategies and instruments for the integration of cross-border labour markets
  • To focus on human resource development and innovation strategies
  • To increase female participation in economy and social/political life
  • To strengthen cooperation in cultural and social projects
  • To intensify the cooperation in cross-border tourist development and marketing
  • To establish and strengthen existing cross-border cooperation networks and structures

Priority 2
Accessibility and sustainable development

The objective of Priority 2

To develop the region’s natural attractiveness, its accessibility and infrastructure based on the principle of environmental sustainability

The strategic profile of the activities in Priority 2 can be summarized as follows:

  • To contribute to the creation of attractive living conditions and a high quality environment
  • To improve cross-border accessibility, transport organisation, sustainable logistics
  • To implement the polycentric model of urban-rural-development as guiding principle
  • To create attractive, compact business locations with excellent transport access
  • To increase energy efficiency and renewable energy production
  • To protect important elements of the common natural and cultural heritage as well as co-operation in the management and use of natural resources
  • To improve regional cooperation processes and structures and governance in the cross-border region


Activity Fields

Activity Field 1.1
Cross-border SME cooperation, cooperation in RTD

The Activity Field focuses on activities related to the following cross-border issues:

  • Contribution to improved conditions for the generation, dissemination and use of new know-how by SMEs
  • Fostering cooperation in Research and Development (R&D), technology, education, design and strengthening the innovative capacities of institutions which are active in these fields
  • Establishment of work relations and cooperation among complementary SMEs
  • Strengthening existing networks, cooperation structures and clusters of SMEs with a view to the enhancement of the regional innovation system
  • Strengthening the capacity of public and private actors to engage in a corporate learning process for innovation
  • Counselling and advice to foster the uptake of innovations by public and private players in order to strengthen competitiveness
  • Development of cross-border networks and clusters: activities which cluster relevant actors such as innovative SMEs, universities, research institutions, innovation centres, technology transfer centres etc. with a view to organisational learning and inter-disciplinary and integrated development approaches

This list is indicative – for more details please see the Operational Programme (OP)





Activity Field 1.2    
Cultural cooperation and cooperation in tourism

The Activity Field focuses on activities related to the following cross-border issues:

The further implementation of the knowledge based economy in the border region will require paying specific attention to the following specific objectives of the programme:

  • Creation of common cultural initiatives which foster a pro-active approach towards cultural diversity, tolerance and dealing with social change, education, migration, multiculturalism, the acceptance of minorities and globalisation
  • Supports to the role of culture as catalyst to cooperation and development of targeted approaches in human resource development and tourism
  • Capacity development in organisations of the cultural sector based on the exchange of experiences, the transfer of know-how, the development of advisory services
  • Development of innovative strategies and new products in tourism which respond to the changing needs and requirements of the customers
  • Common destination marketing for the cross-border region with a view to domestic and international markets
  • Development of tourist and leisure facilities which respond to the current trends such as cycle routes, horse-riding, canoeing or target the valorisation of cultural heritage – this might include investments with a pilot character

This list is indicative – for more details please see the Operational Programme (OP)





Activity Field 1.3    
Education and qualification, integration of labour markets

The Activity Field focuses on activities related to the following cross-border issues:

  • Establishment of a cross-border learning region as the key element on the way to integrating cross-border labour markets and economic relations
  • Preparation of common strategies in labour market policies which take major characteristics of the cross-border region into account, i.e. high concentration of economic activities in the capitals contrasting with areas of low density, the remaining significant wage gaps between certain areas and sectors as well as the mobility of work force
  • Monitoring and impact assessment regarding the increasing labour market integration as a politically sensitive issue as well as preparatory strategies for the upcoming suspension of the transitional provisions for the new Member States in Austria
  • Strengthening the cooperation in education and qualification spanning from the identification of current barriers over strategies to remove these obstacles to the development of joint curricula, new competencies and job profiles
  • Cooperation between tertiary education institutions and relevant partners such as business associations and  agencies, trade unions and chambers in order to improve the access to quality education thus promoting economic growth and entrepreneurship
  • Approaches which foster the principle of equal opportunities in labour market development

This list is indicative – for more details please see the Operational Programme (OP)





Activity Field 1.4    
Social dimension of integration (social and health services)

The Activity Field focuses on activities related to the following cross-border issues:

  • Development of cooperation in health care as well as between institutions for childcare, schools and universities and other major regional stakeholders of the social agenda
  • Initiatives which establish structures and organisations to facilitate the activities of enterprises, local governments, NGOs etc.
  • Cross-border activities for and by ethnic minorities such as the Roma

This list is indicative – for more details please see the Operational Programme (OP)





Activity Field 2.1    
Transport and regional accessibility (planning, transport organisation, logistics)

The Activity Field focuses on activities related to the following cross-border issues:

  • Organisation and harmonisation of planning of transport infrastruc¬ture and logistics in order to promote the mitigation of environmental burdens and to provide improved traffic links within the region and with other Member States
  • Initiatives should support the intensification of economic relations, the transfer of innovations and know-how as well as the increased mobility of the labour force.
  • Common approaches in the field of logistics aiming at the efficient use of existing capacities and the exploitation of new opportunities in the border region.
  • Activities related to planning and designing of roads and bridges, railway and water transport infrastructures as part of joint procedures which focus on the impact of the activities in a cross-border context 
  • Support of carefully selected pilot projects and related investment activities
  • Approaches in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) promoting the efficient use of these technologies as a powerful lever for increasing productivity levels and competitiveness at regional level

This list is indicative – for more details please see the Operational Programme (OP)





Activity Field 2.2     
Sustainable spatial development and sound regional governance

The Activity Field focuses on activities related to the following cross-border issues:

  • Support for a common cross-border perspective of spatial planning in order to strengthen the integration of cities and regions across the border as well as better connection of the urban centres with peripheral areas; the intensified links between the centres of economic activities and surrounding rural areas will foster the effective spread and distribution of gains (benefits) of the knowledge-based economy
  • Development of sustainable structures including representatives of cities and regions as well as professionals in order to formulate and implement a common regional development agenda
  • Cooperation for the commitment to a policy of integrated and sustainable spatial planning through the close linking of regulatory policy approaches (spatial planning) and innovation and process-oriented instruments of regional development thus strengthening and implementing governance strategies
  • Development of attractive business locations, research and technology facilities and similar institutions will be a help to reduce existing regio¬nal economic disparities – a close link to the principles of the European Spatial Development Plan (ESDP) is expected

This list is indicative – for more details please see the Operational Programme (OP)





Activity Field 2.3    
Cooperation and joint management of protected areas

The Activity Field focuses on activities related to the following cross-border issues:

  • Management concepts and governance strategies concerning cross-border planning and harmonization of legal frameworks for the protection and preservation of natural assets as well as for the prudent and sustainable utilisation of natural resources
  • Assessment of cross-border impacts on environment, in particular on protected areas and development of common approaches to minimize the adverse impacts
  • Develop management systems for protected areas in order to ensure common standards
  • Exchange of relevant information and data, comparative studies, exchange on good practices and approaches proven to be effective
  • Support for the transfer of new standards and instruments into practice
  • Common management, monitoring, reporting, marketing of protected areas; specific attention has to be paid to the network of NATURA 2000 areas
  • Development of the environmental infrastructure for valuable natural assets
  • Increasing public awareness through targeted campaigns

This list is indicative – for more details please see the Operational Programme (OP)





Activity Field 2.4     
Energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, environmental protection, risk management

The Activity Field focuses on activities related to the following cross-border issues:

  • Improvement of energy savings,
  • Use of advanced technologies focused on energy efficiency,
  • Reduction of dependency on traditional resources and increasing use of renewable energies, Monitoring and control of pollution and strategies to counteract the adverse effects of climate change
  • Improved protection of settlement and business areas from natural hazards thereby harmonizing methods and measures for risk prevention in a cross-border context
  • Innovative approaches and pilot strategies in water and waste water as well as waste management
  • With the exception of carefully selected investment pilot actions it is envisaged that actions will be mostly targeted at the promotion of research, know-how transfer and cooperation

This list is indicative – for more details please see the Operational Programme (OP)


 
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