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ETC 2007-2013

In the 2007-2013 programming period, EU Cohesion Policy focused on ETC by labelling it Objective 3, and took the Community Initiative Interreg III to the next level. ETC programmes put at the forefront of the policy agenda enhancement of cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation. Interreg encouraged EU regions to find shared solutions to common challenges, while overcoming the most common obstacles to territorial cooperation linked to differences in legal systems, administrative arrangements, geographical position and language.
Former INTERREG IIIA programmes are continued and delivered by cross-border cooperation programmes which aim to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion of areas divided by borders, and foster a balanced development across Community. Priority areas of cross-border cooperation include support to economic growth, job creation, environmental protection and conservation of natural resources and heritage.  
INTERREG IIIB programmes from the 2000-2006 programming period are continued as transnational cooperation programmes. Transnational cooperation programmes seek to promote institutional cooperation in order to reduce regional, economic and social disparities and to achieve the Lisbon and Gothenburg objectives in wide, yet spatially coherent and interdependent geographical areas facing common challenges and development opportunities.


Slovenia participated in 13 ETC programmes during the 2007-2013 programming period:
5 cross-border cooperation programmes (Slovenia – Austria, Slovenia – Hungary, Slovenia – Croatia, Slovenia – Italy and IPA Adriatic),
4 transnational cooperation programmes (Alpine Space, Central Europe, South East Europe and Mediterranean),
4 interregional cooperation programmes (Interreg IVC, Interact II, Espon and Urbact).


I. Cross-border cooperation programmes:

1. Operational Programme SLOVENIA-AUSTRIA 2007–2013 (GODC as the Managing Authority)



2. Operational Programme SLOVENIA–HUNGARY 2007–2013 (GODC as the Managing Authority)



3. Operational Programme IPA SLOVENIA–CROATIA 2007–2013 (GODC as the Managing Authority)



 4. Operational Programme ITALY–SLOVENIA 2007–2013 (Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia – Trieste, Italy as the Managing Authority)



5. IPA ADRIATIC CBC Programme 2007–2013 (Regione Abruzzo, Italy as the Managing Authority)


II. Transnational and interregional cooperation programmes


Slovenia participated in the following 4 transnational and 4 interregional cooperation programmes:

1. Transnational programmes             


Alpine Space

Central Europe

South East Europe 



2. Interregional programmes

Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy (GODC) acted as the National Authority for the four transnational and interregional cooperation programmes INTERREG IVC and INTERACT (no call for proposals were published under this Programme).
A budget of EUR 1.36 billion was available for the programmes in the 2017-2013 programming period, of which the ERDF contribution amounted to EUR 1.094 billion.
Slovenian partners participating in the programmes included, inter alia, public sector institutions at all levels and development institutions including regional and development agencies, institutes, universities, public institutes, public infrastructure operators, associations, chambers, etc.