New grant to Croatia and Hungary

September 9, 2015

Hat: €60 million of EU funds to boost cross-border cooperation between Hungary and Croatia

Funding Scheme: 2015-09-09

Pgm2014 2020: Yes

Isfondstruct: Yes

Amorce:

The Commission has adopted the 2014-2020 cross-border cooperation programme between Hungary and Croatia. A 60.8 million euro grant by the EDF  to stenghten economic ties

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Corina Crețu, Commissioner for Regional Policy said that this programme will directly benefit the people living in the Hungarian and Croatian border regions. EU cross border programmes tangibly show the EU’s added value, by bringing together communities and helping them find joint solutions to common problems. Thanks to this cross border programme, increased cooperation will bring many opportunities to both Hungarian and Croatian citizens, especially in terms of job creation, economic growth and improved quality of life.

The programme will support the economic development of the border region by investing in the development of local SMEs. It will also help develop a sustainable tourism activity by establishing the basic infrastructure for an increased exploitation of cultural and natural resources. In order to restore and maintain ecological diversity, actions are foreseen to promote more coordinated and sounder management of protected areas.

In order to develop a specific local knowledge base and better understanding, the programme will support joint education and training services.

The Programme will focus on four main areas:

Supporting the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises
Promoting a sustainable use of natural and cultural assets
Fostering an enhanced cross border cooperation
Investing in education programmes
The results of the programme are expected to include:

An increase in average gross value added per capita of industry and services sectors in the programme area
An increase in annual tourist overnight stays by 88.000
An increase in the number of habitats with “A: excellent conservation” status of selected Special Bird Protection Areas from 179 to 192
An increase in the number of educational institutions in the border region that offer courses jointly or with region or neighbouring country-specific content from 29 to 90

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