European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) is an objective within the framework of EU structural funding 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 potentials of the participating regions. The program "INTERREG VI-A Bavaria - Austria 2021-2027" promotes cross-border cooperation between partners from Bavaria and Austria. This is intended to enable the overcoming of common challenges in the border region and to contribute to the creation of a common living, natural and economic space.
The program pursues the strategy of an innovative, sustainable economy, a resilient environment, sustainable tourism and integrated regional development - embedded in a joint cross-border INTERREG governance.
Funding is available 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 the everyday life of border regions.
These 5 priority axes / funding priorities are subdivided into a total of 7 specific objectives, to which each project must contribute.
Program area: The program region is composed 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-Bodensee area.
City of Rosenheim, County of Rosenheim, Altötting, Berchtesgadener Land, Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Miesbach, Mühldorf, Traunstein, Weilheim-Schongau, City of Landshut, County of Landshut, City of Passau, County of Passau, Deggendorf, Freyung-Grafenau, Regen, Rottal-Inn, Dingolfing-Landau, City of Kaufbeuren, City of Kempten (Allgäu), City of Memmingen, Lindau (Lake Constance), Ostallgäu, Unterallgäu, Oberallgäu
Funding volume: ERDF funding of around €61.5 million is available for the Austria-Bavaria assisted area for the entire period 2021-2027 following approval by the European Commission. The funding rates amount to up to 75% of the total project costs eligible for co-financing.
Regional coordinating bodies in Bavaria: Government of Lower Bavaria, Government of Upper Bavaria, Government of Swabia
Regional coordinating bodies in 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