European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) is an objective within the framework of EU structural funding, which is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The special feature of cross-border ETC programs is that the funding priorities are adapted to the needs and potential of the participating regions. The "INTERREG VI-A Bavaria - Austria 2021-2027" program promotes cross-border cooperation between partners from Bavaria and Austria. The aim is to help overcome common challenges in the border region and contribute to the creation of a common living, natural and economic area.
The program pursues the strategy of an innovative, sustainable economy, a resilient environment, sustainable tourism and integrated regional development - embedded in joint cross-border INTERREG governance.
Funding is possible in the following five priority axes (funding priorities):
- Sustainable economy
- Resilient environment
- Sustainable tourism
- Integrated regional development
- Cross-border governance, i.e. the improvement of living and working together in everyday life in border regions
These 5 priority axes / funding priorities are subdivided into a total of 7 specific objectives, to which each project must make a contribution.
Program area: The program region consists of the following NUTS III regions:
Innviertel, Linz-Wels, Mühlviertel, Traunviertel, Lungau, Pinzgau-Pongau, Salzburg and surroundings, Außerfern, Innsbruck, Osttirol, Tiroler Oberland, Tiroler Unterland, Bludenz-Bregenzer Wald, Rheintal-Bodenseegebiet
independent city of Rosenheim, district of Rosenheim, Altötting, Berchtesgadener Land, Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Miesbach, Mühldorf, Traunstein, Weilheim-Schongau, independent city of Landshut, district of Landshut, independent city of Passau, district of Passau, Deggendorf, Freyung-Grafenau, Regen, Rottal-Inn, Dingolfing-Landau, independent city of Kaufbeuren, independent city of Kempten (Allgäu), independent city of Memmingen, Lindau (Lake Constance), Ostallgäu, Unterallgäu, Oberallgäu
Funding volume: For the entire period 2021-2027, ERDF funding of around € 61.5 million is available for the Austria-Bavaria funding area following approval by the European Commission. The funding rates amount to up to 75% of the total project costs eligible for co-financing.
Regional coordination officesin Bavaria: Government of Lower Bavaria, Government of Upper Bavaria, Government of Swabia
Regional coordination officesin Austria: Office of the Upper Austrian Provincial Government, Office of the Salzburg Provincial Government, Office of the Tyrolean Provincial Government, Office of the Vorarlberg Provincial Government