PRIORITY AXES

Priority axis 1: Joint protection and efficient use of common values and resources

PA 1 aims at cooperating on common values and resources, cooperation achieved through two selected investment priorities, each having a specific objective.

Specific Objective 1.1: Improved quality management of cross-border rivers and ground waters
This specific objective corresponds to Investment Priority 6/b, investing in the water sector to meet the requirements of the Union’s environmental acquis and to address needs, identified by the Member States, for investment that goes beyond those requirements.

Types of eligible actions include, among others:

  • Protection and utilization of the cross border water basins
  • Development of water quality and quantity monitoring, information, forecasting and management systems
  • Identification of polluting sources, the necessary measures to reduce water pollution
  • Development and modernization of water supply systems focusing only on small scale interventions that can demonstrate clear CB impact
  • Mitigation of the negative impacts of significant water pollutions caused by flood, collection and use of excess water, measurements for the mitigation of flood risks
  • Preparatory measures (including studies), organization of field-related dissemination actions, exchange of best practices, development of networks, delivery of joint trainings, workshops and seminars and also awareness raising of local population

Specific Objective 1.2: Sustainable use of natural, historic and cultural heritage within eligible area
This objective corresponds to Investment Priority 6/c, conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage.

Types of eligible actions include, among others:

  • Preparation of studies, strategies, plans etc. in the field of preservation, development and utilisation of cultural/natural heritage
  • Training, exchange of good practices and awareness-raising campaigns regarding the protection, promotion and development of natural and cultural heritage
  • Setting up new cross-border platforms, groupings and networks focusing on safeguarding and developing the joint natural and cultural heritage
  • Improving the state of conservation of monuments, buildings and territories that are part of the area’s natural, historical or cultural heritage (e.g. churches, castles, museums, theatres, natural parks, nature protection areas)
  • Preservation, promotion and development of intangible cultural heritage
  • Digitization and bringing online cultural heritage, reusing the digitized cultural heritage for educational content, documentaries, tourism applications, games, etc. to foster creative industries
  • Preservation of natural values
  • Development, reconstruction and promotion of cultural facilities protecting the cultural heritage of the eligible area
  • Conservation and safeguarding of natural and national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas
  • Creation of thematic routes
  • Improving the accessibility of natural and cultural heritages (construction, upgrading / modernization of roads and ensuring accessibility by bicycle)
  • The promotion and utilisation of cultural/natural heritage potential by investments in sustainable touristic infrastructure
  • Preparation of studies, strategies, plans etc. in the field of preservation, development and utilisation of cultural/natural heritage

Priority axis 2: Improve sustainable cross-border mobility and remove bottlenecks

PA 2 aims at cooperating on cross-border accessibility through two selected investment priorities, each of them having a specific objective.

Specific objective 2.1: Improved cross-border accessibility through connecting secondary and tertiary nodes to TEN-T infrastructure 
This specific objective corresponds to Priority Investment no. 7/b, Improving regional mobility through  connecting secondary and tertiary nodes to TEN-T infrastructure, including multimodal nodes.

Types of indicative actions include, among others:

  • Preparation of particular investment: elaboration of studies, analyses, feasibility studies, technical plans, obtaining necessary authorisations / certificates / permits / licences

OBS: Investments related to such studies should have a reasonable likelihood of being implemeted by identifying possible sources of funding. They shall also be part of the strategic planning for transport in the eligible area.

  • Construction, upgrading / modernization of roads with cross-border impact, providing or improving direct access of secondary and tertiary nodes to TEN-T core or comprehensive network and related infrastructure (also taking into account improving the conditions and safety of cycling, where possible)

Specific objective 2.2: Increased the proportion of passengers using sustainable – low carbon, low noise – forms of cross-border transport 
This objective corresponds to Investment Priority no. 7/c, Developing and improving environmentally-friendly (including low noise) and low-carbon transport systems, including inland waterways and maritime transport, ports, multimodal links and airport infrastructure, in order to promote sustainable regional and local mobility.

Types of indicative actions include, among others:

  • Preparation of particular investments: elaboration of studies, analyses, concepts, technical / design documentation, elaboration of recommendations concerning legal administrative bottlenecks hampering cross-border mobility

OBS: Investments such related to such studies should have a reasonable  likehood of being implemented by identifying possible sources of funding. They shall also be part of the strategic planning for transport in the eligible area.

OBS: With the regard  to improving railway transport, the Programme with its fairly limited budget can only undertake to induce and catalyse investments from other sources (like mainstream OPs of the two countries) by supporting the preparation phase (feasibility studies, engineering designs) of the development of railway infrastructure developments between the two countries.

  • Development of cross-border intelligent transport system, passenger information system, on-line schedule, e-ticketing, mobile apps, common tariff systems
  • Development and integration of cross-border public transport services
  • Investment into public transport related infrastructure (e.g. low emission vehicles, bus)
  • Innovative solutions to improve cross-border public transport and reducing transport-related emission
  • Exchange of good practices as part of complex projects contributing to the specific objective
  • Construction, upgrading / modernization of roads, bicycle roads, path or lane, also by using existing infrastructure elements, where appropriate (e.g. dams, agricultural roads, etc.)

Priority axis 3: Improve employment and promote cross-border labour market

PA 3 aims at cooperating on employment, cooperation achieved through one selected investment priority, having a specific objective.

Specific Objective 3.1: Increased employment within the eligible
This specific objective corresponds to Investment Priority 8/b, Supporting employment-friendly growth through the development of endogenous potential as part of a territorial strategy for specific areas, including the conversion of declining industrial regions and enhancement of accessibility to, and development of, specific natural and cultural resources. The actions to be supported may differ from territory to territory, examples could include:

  • Improving the environment of businesses, enhancing employment and cooperation based on mutual advantages, development of facilities enabling cross-border sales of local products
  • Improving the cross-border accessibility of important facilities to strengthen the local economy and employment through the development and reconstruction of roads
  • Enhancing the co-operation of local labour market actors in order to improve labour matching and the employment situation of the eligible territory
  • Reinforcing cooperation between relevant stakeholders on the labour-market Instead of supporting individual projects, this priority is aimed at supporting harmonized interventions of cross-border partnerships of municipalities and other including employment centres, training institutions, social partners and NGOs aimed at jointly improving the local conditions of employment friendly growth. Moreover, it also includes measures aiming to promote matching of labour market needs and supply, the development of training and employment programmes focusing on the disadvantaged people so as to promote employment in a more inclusive way

Types of indicative actions include, among others:

  • Preparation  of integrated development strategy and action plans of specific territories (identification of endogenous potential and infrastructure development needs to increase employment) to introduce the coherence among the planned actions.

The following actions can be implemented based on strategies:

  • Implementation of cross-border employment initiatives, cross-border cooperation between relevant stakeholders of labour market (e.g. employment centres, training institutions, social partners, enterprises and NGOs)
  • Targeted actions facilitating the creation of local products/services and related infrastructures based on the local potential
  • Increase employment by improving business environment through integrated development measures
  • Support for climate change and mitigation through the development of green skills and green employment opportunities in sectors based on the local potential
  • Establishment of joint networks, exchange of good practices, having a demonstrable effect on reaching the set objective under this IP
  • Improving cross-border accessibility to employment related facilities in the eligible counties through the construction, upgrading / modernization of roads with cross-border impact

Priority axis 4: Improving health-care services

PA 4 aims at cooperating on health-care and prevention, cooperation achieved through one selected investment priority, having a specific objective.

Specific Objective 4.1: Improved preventive and curative health-care services across the eligible
This specific objective corresponds to Investment Priority 9/a, Investment in heath and social  infrastructure which contributes to national, regional and local development, reducing inequalities in terms of health status, promoting social inclusion through improved access to social, cultural and recreational services and the transition from institutional to community-based services.

Types of indicative actions include, among others:

  • Investments in health-care and prevention-related infrastructure
  • Purchase and installation of health-care equipment, delivery of training to staff on the use of new equipment
  • Promotional actions for health screening and providing information to prevent and diagnose diseases with high frequency in the eligible area
  • Actions to improve access to health infrastructure by disadvantaged groups
  • Exchange of know-how and capacity building activities (training courses, workshops, conferences, internships)
  • Harmonized development of specialized services
  • Development of telemedical and e-health infrastructure for diagnosis and treatment in order to achieve better patient information system and to reduce health inequalities in access to health services
  • Improving cross-border accessibility of health-care services through construction, upgrading / modernization of roads with cross-border impact

Priority axis 5: Improve risk prevention and disaster management

PA 5 aims at cooperating on risk prevention and disaster management, cooperation achieved through one selected investment priority, having a specific objective.

Specific Objective 5.1: Improved cross-border disasters and risk management
This specific objective corresponds to Investment Priority 5/b, Promoting investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems.

Types of indicative actions include, among others:

  • Development and implementation of harmonized standards and systems for better forecasting and natural / anthropogenic risk management in the cross-border area
  • Land improvement for regions with high and average hazard natural risk level
  • Setting up the harmonized and integrated tools for risk prevention and mitigation in order to provide a joint response to emergency situations
  • Development of regional level cross-border infrastructure in the field of emergency preparedness
  • Exchange of experience on efficient risk prevention and management in the cross-border area
  • Awareness-raising activities targeted at specific groups
  • Elaboration of detailed maps and data bases indicating natural and technological risks
  • Purchasing special vehicles, equipment and materials for public emergency response services
  • Purchasing equipment for measuring/monitoring environmental parameters
  • Development of common strategies, action plans on risk prevention and risk management
  • Establishing common rules/legislation and protocols related to risk prevention and disaster management

Priority axis 6: Promoting cross-border cooperation between institutions and citizens

PA 6 aims at cooperation of institutions and communities, cooperation achieved through one selected investment priority, having a specific objective.

Specific Objective 6.1: Intensify sustainable cross-border cooperation of institutions and communities
This objective corresponds to Investment priority 11/b, Promoting legal and administrative cooperation and cooperation between citizens and institutions (ETC-CB).

a) Cooperation for institutions

Types of indicative actions include, among others:

  • Analysis of the regulatory background in different fields, proposing solutions and actions to harmonize relevant regulations
  • Initiatives aimed at the reducing of administrative burdens of cross-border activities of people, enterprises and other organizations
  • Needs assessment, identification of legal, social and economic conditions and obstacles of service provision
  • Elaboration and introduction of institutional cooperation models
  • Capacity development of regional and local public administration bodies to facilitate more active participation in cross-border cooperation
  • Institutional capacity building and promotion of the EU legislation through training courses, dissemination actions
  • Activities focusing on the improvement of cross-border services, development of necessary small-scale works and equipment

Instead of one-off cooperation initiatives, projects that can sustain cooperation in the long-run are favoured.

b) Cooperation for citizens

Types of indicative actions include, among others:

Small-scale joint initiatives in the fields of sport, culture and leisure – cultural events, performances, festivals, sports competitions, extracurricular cooperation of schoolchildren – exchange programmes, trainings promoting cultural diversity and joint traditions, with the aim of creating sustainable networks and cooperation.