Employment Cross-border Action plan of the Cserehát micro- region
The action plan is implemented under the Interreg Slovakia - Hungary cooperation program. The total budget of the action plan is EUR 4,438,314.37.The target area of the action plan, the Cserehát micro-region is characterized by a high rate of unemployment. The main reasons of this phenomenon are mainly the insufficient infrastructure, low level of education and high rate of ageing population. The overall objective of the TAPE is to reduce the unemployment rate in the micro-region, to re-establish the “Beautiful Cserehát” micro-region, to exploit its endogenous potential and to find solutions to the most serious problems. The above mentioned potential is that of local production, which supports the development of the region and is the central theme of the TAPE. The main objective is going to be achieved thank to the specific objectives of the TAPE, which are the following: to improve the quality of human capital, to improve the production infrastructure, to improve the selling conditions of local products and to develop a regional brand.
The most important expected result of the cross-border action plan is the creation of new working places on the territory of the micro-region. In order to meet this output and the aims of the TAPE, the following activities and interventions will be realized:
- establishment of new multi purpose centres,
- establishment of new plants for processing agricultural products,
- creation of market places,
- establishment a regional brand,
- establishment of a network of local producers and
- organization of local markets and agro events.
The action plan consists of 7 projects:
- Coordination and Communication Project
The most important goal of the CCP project is to coordinate the 7 projects of the TAPE in order to reach its goals. Another basic pillar of the CCP is to communicate the action plan, which consists in ensuring the mandatory visibility elements within each project and in ensuring the propagation of the whole TAPE by using different tools of communication, e.g.: videos, brochures, information boards, etc.
- Development of local + products 1
The main objective of the project is to increase the quality, competitiveness and popularity of local products. Cross-border cooperation will help to establish a cross-border network with focus on co-operation in local production. It will provide opportunities for co-operative production of products, joint marketing and will increase the sales of products. These new products, e.g. roasted seeds, fruit juices, pumpkin oil, etc. will be produced in the newly established or expanded plants that will be located in the crossborder micro-region.
- Development of local + products 2
This project aims to serve the general goals of TAPE by increasing the added value of the agroproducts and by increasing the capacities for higher level of processing. This will be done through the cooperation of two project partners: while one will establish a cabbage pickling plant where a higher quantity and quality of local products will be produced, the other will create a space where the process of the production of local products and the potential buyers can meet.
- Through renovation to the education
To mitigate the disadvantage in the area of human resources there is the need for infrastructural development of professional educational institutions on both sides of the border. In Hungary, in Encs, will be implemented improved conditions for adult education activities of the applicant organization by the establishment of an education center. In Slovakia, in Moldava nad Bodvou, the professional development of local vocational school is realized through the purchase of modern laboratory devices. During the development the receiving classrooms and related facilities of laboratory equipment will be renovated and converted.
- Meet the local needs
This project aims to fulfil the need for high quality urban functions through two initiatives. Firstly, by establishing a multipurpose centre – training center and coordinating centre, where educational programmes, trainings and other events will be held that will facilitate the reintegration to the labour market of those disadvantaged people who might lack competitive skills and knowledge, are long-term unemployed or face negative discrimination due to their ethnicity or gender. Secondly, through creating a cross-border network of local markets, the economy of the microregion is expected to revitalise generating further new jobs as well as raising the general quality of life of people living in the region.
- Find your way to the labour market
The main objective of the project FYW is to improve the level of education and increase the chances of applying to the labour market for long-term unemployed citizens through the implementation of joint education and training programmes - social communication skills trainings, courses to improve financial literacy, course “How to succeed on job interview “, training “How to deal with execution, alcoholism and drugs, training “Social enterprises and farming” and 2 workshops in order to inform citizens about the actual job offers and in cooperation with employment agencies trying to find a suitable job for them.
- Build and promote local image
The main objective of the project is to improve sustainability, employability and stability of agricultural economics and to strengthen local agro production and competitiveness of local producers. The main objective will be reach thanks to the implementation of specific objectives, which are: development of new regional brand together with the brand strategy; development of local agro study; creation of a data register of local producers; organization of cross-border markets/agro events and regional EXPO; creation of web application serving for better connection between producers and purchasers.
Project CITYCIRCLE - Circular economy hubs in peripheral urban centres in Central Europe was approved within the 3rd Call of the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE.
CITYCIRCLE is improving innovation capacities of peripheral urban centers of Central Europe by introducing the circular economy system to partner cities. Peripheral cities of Central Europe are marked by lack of innovation cooperation and lack of access to global innovation processes. Circular economy (CE) has been acknowledged as a development concept that should provide sustainable, resource efficient development and a great pool for innovation of new technologies, services, solutions and business models to make our cities and regions better places to live and work.
The main CITYCIRCLE objective is to utilize innovation potential of circular economy in cities through setting-up quadruple-helix circular economy hubs in partner cities and to equip them with the knowledge and tools so they will be able to design circular economy value-chains in their cities. Hubs will implement pilot projects to test developed tools, while transnational value chains will be defined in transnational CE strategy to link local circular economy value chains and reach critical mass.
More information about the project: https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/CITYCIRCLE.html
Project I CARE SMART
Project I-CARE-SMART - INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM FOR SMART ELDERLY CARE was approved within the 3rd Call of the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE.
The project deals with the health and well-being of the elderly in Central Europe. This area is not only a societal challenge but also an opportunity to promote growth. The aim of the project is to support the development of innovative products and services meeting the special needs of the elderly and to support the development of a "silver economy".
I-CARE-SMART partners aim to bring innovation closer to senior citizens and to create a structured collaboration framework for cooperation between all stakeholders in this field. I-CARE-SMART delivers a comprehensive toolset with practical guidance on how to engage seniors and businesses in user-focused co-creation and open innovation. The final goal is to build a transnational open innovation ecosystem for smart elderly care, which allows public authorities, universities, businesses, and the representatives of the elderly to regularly interact and share knowledge and information on the unmet needs of the elderly and on the potential solutions to address them. A total of 13 partners from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Italy, Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany participate in the project.
More information about the project: https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/I-CARE-SMART.html
Project REWAFI - "Cohesion Policy of the European Union: Read-Watch-Find"
The project REWAFI was financed by the DG for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission.
Project activities focused on dissemination of information on the Cohesion Policy of the European Union, its history, developments, legislative and policy frameworks, with an emphasis on the results achieved in the EU regions. Dissemination tools were proposed as follows: a book, a video, an infographics, and a pilot test of innovative competition. The proposed content of the book consists of the theoretical, political and legislative framework of the Cohesion Policy of the European Union and practical case studies from the EU regions (from each Member State). The summaries of the book and the most important findings were be processed in the form of an audiovisual tool (video) and infographics. In order to disseminate information on the Cohesion Policy of the European Union, a pilot test of competition was organized to look for evidence of implemented projects implemented under the Cohesion Policy of the European Union in selected regions. The outputs were translated into several official languages of the European Union and Russian language as well.
You can find more information about the project on the project´s homepage: http://www.rewafi.eu
ETT-17-002 VIACOR - A Via Carpatia korridor déli szakasza mentén levő partnerségek építése (Building partnership along the southern part of the coridor Via Carpatia)
The project was established to support the main activities of the Via Carpatia EGTC. The main goal of the project is to support cross-border cooperation of public authorities and people, through which the Via Carpatia Transit route passes through.
ETT-16-0001 - „Tervezzünk közösen“ (Let´s plan together)
The project was established to support the main activities of the Via Carpatia EGTC. The grant was used for the propagation materials, for elaboration of the second part of the Small Project Fund´s internal materials and to support the development of the primary schools through LEGO set used in the educational process.
Building up the partnership trough Thematic Route Via Carpatia“
The project was supported by the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic. The main objective of the project was to enhance the development of local and cross border tourism. The project includes two main activities searching for partners and thematic routes.
ETT-2015-0001 - Kis Projekt Alap (Small Project Fund)
The project was supported by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The grant was used for the elaboration of the internal manual of the Small Project Fund and for operational activities connected with the office.
„Completion of Project Documentations for Selected Sections of EuroVelo 11 and Zemplin Cycling Main Line in the Košice Region“
The project was supported by the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic. The main objective of the project was to prepare four project documentations, for the following partners: The municipalities of Kokšov-Bakša, Nižná Myšľa, Vinné and Michalovce.
ETT-14-B-0010 - Jövő útja Kft.
The project was supported by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The project was established to support the basic activities of the Via Carpatia EGTC.