Specific objectives

The global objective of the cross-border programme is:

Promoting sustainable development in the cross-border area

Joint actions and cross-border projects implemented within the programme should have an impact on the social and economic situation of the population, improve the joint management and valorisation of natural and cultural resources and strengthen the image and the cohesion of the cross-border region and sub-regions.

Three specific objectives have been defined:

  • Specific objective 1:  to support the establishment of joint actions and strategies aiming  at  protecting  and  valorizing  the  natural  resources  of  the region. The programme will build upon the ongoing experiences and strengthen the existing trend of linking the environmental issues and measures of both sides of the border. The targeted beneficiaries are the local authorities, decentralized institutions as well as civil society organizations.
  • Specific objective 2: to foster sustainable economic development of the region. Tourism will be the priority economic activity targeted by the programme. It is a real opportunity for the region and is already a major source of income and employment, although unequally distributed within the cross-border area and between the participating countries. Considering the value and the fragility of the eco-systems in the region, tourism is also a threat that has to be taken into account. While the private sector is developing infrastructures mainly oriented towards mass tourism, the programme will focus on the development of more alternative types of tourism activities (responsible tourism, green tourism, etc) and small infrastructures, on transfer of know-how from one region and country to another and on training activities, on the protection and valorization of cultural and historical heritage. More generally, the programme will foster the sustainable development of all types of activities, services and productions which are participating in building an attractive and dynamic regional identity. This includes the organization, protection (branding) and linking to the market (food supply chains) of traditional agro-food products and handicrafts, the definition of joint research and development programmes, etc.
  • Specific objective 3: is a transversal objective: to develop long term partnerships and networking between  civil  society  organizations  (NGOs,  sport  organizations,  etc), professional organizations (i.e. Chambers of Commerce, entrepreneurs and farmers’ organizations) and decentralized institutions, particularly schools and faculties, including research and development units. Considering the current low intensity of cross-border cooperation, encouraging the establishment of long term partnerships and the fluidity of the trans-boundary communication will be a major concern during the whole implementing period. This objective will be reached through the implementation of people-to-people grant schemes. Projects having a cultural and social dimension will be privileged, as well as economic/commercial related projects (organization of fairs, market studies…).

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