The Interreg Slovenija-Madžarska Programmes to Receive 3 Million Euros from the European Regional Development Fund

Within the third stage of the open tendering procedure ‘Program sodelovanja Interreg V-A Slovenija-Madžarska’ for 2014–2020, agreements were signed on co-financing seven projects at the expense of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This was reported by the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy (GODECP), specifying that their total cost is 3 million euros.

It is assumed that all these projects “will have a long-term effect in the field of tourism, public services, protection of the natural and cultural heritage of border regions, as well as ensure a stable inter-agency cooperation.” It is also expected that the decision on co-financed projects will be taken in March 2018.

The authors of the project strive to ensure the overall promotion of the existing cross-border cultural and natural tourist offer of the regions located on both sides of the Slovenian-Hungarian border. The emphasis is on a healthy lifestyle. In total, it is planned to build nine eco-parks landscaped under the Green Exercise programme (“Let’s Exercise in Nature”).

Slovenia and Hungary have been cooperating in joint projects of cross-border cooperation for 14 years. Over this period, more than 200 projects have been successfully implemented.

It is also important to know that the Hungarian national community in Slovenia is an autochthonous population whose rights are protected by the Constitution of the Republic. According to the law, spoken and written Hungarian is used in all linguistic spheres. The Hungarian national minority has the right to cherish Hungarian traditions and culture, as well as to study Hungarian in bilingual schools.

Since 1959, Slovenian Prekmurje has a bilingual education system, which is compulsory both for the majority (Slovenes) and for the minority (Hungarians).

Information on the approved projects and all other information related to the implementation of the cooperation programme Slovenija-Madžarska 2014–2020 are available on the programme web-site.