Our Projects

After the Slovak Republic joined the EU, the border to its Austrian neighbour opened, and, as a result, new possibilities of cooperation between the villages and regional associations on both sides of the border were created. The villages in the region of Podunajsko show interest in cooperation in various areas, from cultural, social and sports activities through the promotion of local democracy to economic cooperation. The mayors are, however, exceedingly burdened by dealing with the basic problems of running the village (schools, transport, waste economy and others). Thus, they welcome the creation of the cooperation network thanks to which the needs of the region and the best means of cooperation can be identified.

This project ensued after another project within the scheme PHARE that EUREA implemented in the last programming period and that concerned the advancement of small villages´ cooperation in the region in the field of environment.

The basis of project activities is providing the individual counseling to mayors from the region and to representatives of the regional associations, which will include all aspects of cross-border cooperation, preparation and implementation of cross-border projects. Also, there will be organized seminars and workshops in the presence of Austrian guests. At the seminars and the meetings there will be presented offers for prospective cooperation and project proposals.

The activities of the project can also be characterized as the furhter development of the organizational structures. This includes promoting the cooperation network and developing contacts by the applicant and partner, with the engagement of villages in the region, coordinating and organizing cross-border projects (which is the focus of the project itself), motivating, assisting in the preparation and implementation of the projects by means of individual counseling and assistance, public relations and information management – presenting the results of the project at the regional level (with the help of the partner Podunajsko and the villages involved) and also on the global level through internet website of EUREA. Last but not least it includes the activities that increase the competence of the institutions in regional and sociocultural development by the way of broadening, in particular, the partner´s experience (regional association Podunajsko), but also that of the applicant, Austrian partner and the mayors who take part in the project.

The project was being implemented in the period from August 2005 to March 2007.

General information

Intra-project there has been built a course and training center for village managers, non-governmental organizations, aggregations and small and medium businessmen from the region of Bratislava. Individual counseling connected with project preparation and implementation has been offered. The counseling was about cross-borders cooperation with Austria, in connection with schema Interreg.

A database has been created. It is a contact network, which helps each interested person to find out and contact potential business partner in Austria. It makes things easier. The aim of this project is also to improve the ability of preparing and implementation of successful cross-borders cooperation project. The potential ambit of applicants for the smallest villages and organizations, that were given platform for cooperation and support in realizing bigger projects, is expanding. The project ran from October 2005 to September 2006.

For whom was the project?

  • Village managers and city mayors
  • Regional aggregation representatives and representatives of non-governmental organizations in the region
  • Small businessmen in the region, especially with specialization in tourists traffic

The project ran with support from the Ministry of urban planning and regional development, in schema PHARE.

General information

This project solves the problem with cleaning up illegal junkyards that are arising behind most villages. The main aim is to bring edification in the area of illegal junkyards to local people and to change their behaving. They made overgrowth and electronic rubbish which they clean up in illegal and non-ecological way. The edification has been practiced with the help of local radio, posters, internet and for children on schools like education. As necessity was found the alternative rubbish collection, so the people can acquit of the rubbish free of charge. Really necessary was to specify special places for rubbish collections and also to organize periodic waste disposal. A workshop was organized for representatives of Slovak and Austrian villages. The theme of this workshop was presentation how to solve the junkyards problem on local range. The realization on Slovak side was located in Podunajsko and on Austrian side in Marchegg and ambient.

Project results

The project was held from 4th July 2005. Results has shown smaller illegal junkyards, larger collected rubbish dumps at collecting places, higher awareness about environmental protection and about their impact on the ambient and village. Donor of the project was Ministry of urban building and regional development, Agency for regional development support and Common fund of small projects.

General information

This project was financed from the EU funds through the Ministry of Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic, within the shceme Phare . The aim of the project was to make the representatives of the villages in border areas more informed.

Current EU post-accession funds (especially Phare and structural funds) offer opportunities of financial support for villages, however, these opportunities are often left unused, especially due to the lack of information and possibilities of preparing the documents and the application. Often the documents that are a part of an application return back to the applicant due to incorrectly filled or incomplete applications, or the direction which an application follows does not correspond to that of a grant.

Within the project the representatives of the villages were informed about the possibilities of financial support from EU funds and budget of the Slovak Republic, conditions and means of preparing project documentation. Important element of the project was the Austrian partner MECCA Environmental Consulting, from which the participants got to learn how the process of financing from EU funds runs in Austria and what problems did the Austrian side have to struggle with.

As for the cooperation and problems solving, the project was aimed at the development of local democracy and current problems, like for example the problem of sewage (separate part of the project was dedicated to the analysis and solutions of this problem). The second part of the project was aimed at intensifying of cooperation among businessmen in economic sphere on the Slovak and Austrian side, especially by arranging mutual meetings and mediating of business partners. All this contributed to the closer business cooperation in the region.

Who was the project for?

The project was for the representatives of the Slovak villages in the cross-border region with Austria (in particular for the region Podunajsko), that is local authorities (mayors, etc.) and accordingly for the representatives of villages on Austrian side.

In its second part the project was meant for small and middle businessmen from the region, on Slovak as well as Austrian side.

The participants

  • EUREA, o.z. as the main applicant and organizer
  • GIZ Marchfeld, Marchegg, Austria
  • MECCA Environmental Consulting, Vienna, Austria
  • Regional association Podunajsko, as a Slovak partner

Goal and location of the project

The aim of this project was the creation of several tourist paths and their connection with the cycling route Passau-Vienna, including the renewal of old marked paths and with it connected promotion activities, marking of tourist paths and relevant literature.

Location: Bratislava region, villages Hamuliakovo, Kalinkovo, Dunajská Lužná, Most pri Bratislave, Malinovo, Zálesie, Ivanka pri Dunaji, Bernolákovo, Veľký Biel, Tomášov, city borough Bratislava – Vrakuňa a town of Senec.

Results

Obtaining permission for creating the route, preparation of the path, guiding signs and promotion of the path.

Donor of the project

Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic

Since the beginning of the year 2007, EUREA assisted in the preparation of the following projects financed from The International Visegrad Fund:

  • Folklore and Brass Band Parade Igram (small grants)
  • Values joining us – Walk over the Frontier Zone of the Countries of Visegrad Four (standard grants)
  • Our Culture and Friendship (standard grants)

Other submitted projects include:

  • Promotion of Legality and Transparency in Grants Allocating and Implementation of European Projects (Ekopolis – Active Citizens´ Fund)
  • Eurofunds – Res Publica? (Open Society Foundation)
  • Training Centre for First-time University Teachers (CEI – Central European Initative)
  • Young Women in Science. By Increasing Their Abilities and Self-Confidence Towards Their Success in Academic Field (Slovak-Czech Women´s Fund)
  • Research of Pedagogical Abilities of University Teachers in Slovakia (EEA grants)
  • Soft-skills for PhD Students and Young Scientists (VÚB Foundation)

Projects submitted in 2007 that have been approved so far:

  • Training Centre for First-time University Teachers (CEI – Central European Initative), 6005,00 EUR
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