Information on Interreg AT-CZ 2014-2020

Cross-Border-Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Austria-Czech Repulic

Tongue-twisters in Czech such as "STRČ PRST SKRZ KRK" (English Translation: Stick your finger through the throat) and in German “Blaukraut bleibt Blaukraut, Brautkleid bleibt Brautkleid” (English Translation: Red cabbage remains red cabbage, wedding dress remains wedding dress) should also work as icebreakers in the future.

Contact person for Viennese project partners:

  • City of Vienna - Municipal Department 27 - European Affairs - Vienna
  • Mag.a Andrea Schwecherl
  • Tel:   +43 1 4000 27063
  • E-Mail:

The programme area includes:

  • on the Austrian side: Mostviertel-Eisenwurzen, Sankt Pölten, Waldviertel, Weinviertel, Wiener Umland -Nordteil, Vienna, Innviertel, Linz-Wels, Mühlviertel, Steyr-Kirchdorf
  • on the Czech side: Jihočeský kraj (South Bohemia), Kraj Vysočina, Jihomoravský kraj (South Moravia)

Potential project partners:

  • Public and private research institutions
  • Schools and universities
  • Public institutions (federal government, regions, municipalities and its organisations)
  • NGOs
  • Public and private companies
  • the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC)
  • other institutions, for example advocacy groups, clubs, chambers and associations

Physical persons or political parties must not be subsidised by this programme.

At least one Austrian and one Czech partner must participate in a cross-border project.

The budget:

  • Around € 98 million is available from the ERDF for funding cross-border-cooperation projects.
  • A maximum of 85% of the total eligible project costs can be co-financed with EU funds.

The programme strategy:

  • strengthening the existing cooperation and communication structures and institutional capacities;
  • developing an innovative, skill-oriented economic and social system;
  • securing regional, social and cross-border accessibility with regard to jobs, housing, public and private services, innovation and know-how, and natural and cultural assets;
  • strengthening the regional economies' resilience to climate risks;
  • improving the quality of the natural and cultural resources;
  • harmonising the (regional) legal and institutional framework.

The priority axis (PA) and investment priorities (IP):

PA 1 - Strengthening research, technological development and innovation:

  • Enhancing research and innovation (R&I) infrastructure and capacities to develop R&I excellence and to promote centres of competence, in particular those of European interest (IP 1a).
  • Promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector (IP 1b).

PA 2 - Environment and resources:

  • Conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage (IP 6c).
  • Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil, and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000 and green infrastructure (IP 6d).
  • Promoting innovative technologies to improve environmental protection and resource efficiency in the waste and water sectors, and with regard to reduction of soil or air pollution (IP 6f).

PA 3 - Human resources development:

  • Investing in education, training and vocational training for skills and lifelong learning (IP 10a).

PA 4 - Sustainable networks and institutional cooperation:

  • Enhancing institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders and efficient public administration (IP 11).

Project submission:

In the Interreg V-A AT-CZ programme, projects can be submitted electronically on an ongoing basis via eMS. Projects that are submitted before a certain deadline will be discussed in the following Monitoring Committee meeting.

Project selection and –assessment:

Before the Monitoring Committee can discuss the submitted projects, project applications need to be assessed on eligibility and quality first. The full process is described in more detail in the selection criteria of the programme.

Programme approval:

The cooperation programme Interreg V-A Austria-Czech Republic was approved by the European Commission on 23 June 2015.

As part of the European Cohesion policy, the programme has the purpose of supporting sustainable cross-border cooperation and improving economic, social and territorial integration.

Programme Management:

Managing Authority

  • Office of the Provincial Government of Lower Austria - St. Pölten
  • Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Weiß
  • Tel.: +43 2742 9005 14260
  • E-Mail:

Office of the Provincial Government of Lower Austria - St. Pölten

Joint Secretariat - branch offices

  • Office of the Provincial Government of Lower Austria - St. Pölten
  • Helena Holzmüller, MA (Head Officer)
  • Tel.: +43 2742 9005 14923
  • E-Mail:
  • Joint Secretariat (AT-CZ) - Brno
  • Mariánské náměstí 617/1
  • CZ - 617 00 Brno - Komárov

Programme website

Programme documents:

Cooperation programme Interreg V-A AT-CZ 2014-2020 

 Documents for project partners:

Actual versions of all programme documents and handbooks are available here:

ETC AT-CZ 2007-2013

Link to the programme website of the previous funding period 2007-2013.