Interreg ornament

Interreg AT-HU 2021-2027


The programming procedure of the 2021-2027 Interreg Austria-Hungary programme started in 2019, when the Monitoring Committee MC) gave mandate to the Managing Authority (MA) to set up the nomination process for a Programming Group (PG). The whole programming process is coordinated by the Managing Authority, while the PG is the main decision making body and its meetings serve as THE discussion forum for all programming issues.


As a result the new Interreg Programme (IP) document will be available soon. This document sets the joint programme strategy, partners and finances, specifies the priorities, guides communication and projects, and designates the programme institutions.


The programme document follows the now final EU regulations: REGULATION (EU) 2021/1058 on ERDF and Cohesion Fund, REGULATION (EU) 2021/1059 on Interreg and REGULATION (EU) 2021/1060 Common Provisions. The final versions are available since 30th June 2021.


During the whole procedure we got good use of the plenty of experience we gathered during the past programming periods, and we are delighted to inform you about the great achievements of programming so far.

Status of programming

Events are accelerating lately: most of the Interreg Programme (IP) chapters and the Member States’ financial contributions are almost final. The future thematic focus and the programme area is settled, the learnings of the stakeholder consultations included, the indicator system for measurement of the programme’s results underway.


As for the administration, there is mutual consent about keeping the successful structure of the programme management. Interreg AT-HU will again be led by Regionalmanagement Burgenland acting as Managing Authority, supported by Széchenyi Programme Office hosting the Joint Secretariat.


How it came to all this?

The process started with a thorough analysis of the programme area. The territorial and socio-economic analysis takes into account basic data, all relevant national/regional and EU strategies as well as results from the programme evaluation of the 14-20 programme. Based on this, the external experts worked on a proposal for the future thematic concentration in a strategy building process with the PG and with broad involvement of various stakeholders (stakeholder consultation). This process is pictured in the report for strategic thematic directions, which during the whole process served as a discussion paper for the selection and non-selection of objectives for the future programme. The report was finalised in April 2021.


All relevant documents are available in the download section.


The whole process is accompanied by the strategic environmental assessment (SEA), analysing the environmental impact of the planned interventions.


What comes next?

Now, the final draft Interreg Programme and the draft environmental report will be subject to the public consultation where environmental authorities, all interested stakeholders and the public are invited to review and comment the draft Interreg Programme. After incorporation of the valuable inputs from the public consultation and following the agreement of the participating Member States, the Interreg Programme will be submitted to the European Commission for the approval procedure, this scheduled for the fourth quarter 2021.

Thematic focus

Our thematic focus will not change radically, although some adaptations to the future expectations are foreseen. To tackle the relevant challenges effectively, we chose and tailored 3 POs and 1 ISO for the next period.


 It is no surprise that we opted for the priority “Green  and resilient border region (PO2)” which includes operations on climate change adaptations, biodiversity, water management and green infrastructure.


Still much opportunity is seen on the horizon of the priority “A better connected border region(PO3)”. Within this field we are supporting initiatives for better, sustainable, climate resilient, intelligent and intermodal national, regional and local mobility.


Interventions for the improvement of equal access to inclusive and quality services in education, training and lifelong learning was always one of our main topics, we are going to keep on supporting projects within the “Competent border region (PO4)” priority.


So far, so good, looks familiar, right? Where is culture, sustainable tourism or cooperation between citizens and institutions? Projects on cultural heritage and sustainable tourism have their place within PO4 furthermore the brand new ISO1 (Interreg-specific objective) includes legal and administrative cooperation and cooperation between citizens, civil society actors and institutions.

Stakeholder Consultation

Based on the outcomes of the territorial and socio-economic analysis, the next step were considerations for selecting policy objectives and related specific objectives as well as Interreg-specific objectives for the IP AT-HU 2021-2027, and thus considerations for the thematic concentration of the future programme.


For this purpose a cross-border strategy building process was conducted with strong involvement of key stakeholders. The stakeholder consultation included an online consultation launched in November 2020 and additional online workshops for key stakeholders.


The aim of the online survey was to collect feedback on an early draft version of the future Interreg programme which already indicated possible future programme priorities. The stakeholders were invited to provide their feedback on the relevance of the intended priorities and possible fields of activity.


Based on the actual status of discussion on the future orientation of the programme, the inputs from the online consultation was further discussed in thematic (online) workshops in February 2021.


The stakeholder consultation was an important cornerstone in the strategy building process and a valuable source of information for further fine-tuning of the programme strategy. The outcomes were integrated in a consolidated way both in the report on the Strategic Thematic Directions as well as in the draft Interreg programme.


The report on the stakeholder consultation keeping records of all the outcomes of both the online survey and the workshops is published in the download section at the bottom of this page.

Public Consultation

In accordance with Article 6 of the SEA Directive, the draft cooperation programme and the environmental report of the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) are published. All relevant documents are available at the bottom of the page under Downloads.


As the draft IP and SEA report is already available, we would like to invite the environmental authorities, stakeholders and general public to express their thoughts and opinion on the new Programme.


We are counting on your support in spreading the news about the public consultation, and also eager to learn more about the public’s opinion.


Please, submit your comments until 16 August 2021 the latest.

Done with the reading, ready to comment? Reach the online form here:


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