The austrian program for rural development (LE-Program) 2014-20 combines all measures of supporting rural areas.
As a part of the consortium (formed by metis), mecca is assigned to the evaluation of the following aspects:
The austrian “Building Report” is issued regulary. The main aspects of the 3rd edition of the report are the landscape, residential building and communal construction. Hannes Schaffer is one of the experts of the chapter “landscape” alongside Sybylla Zech. They develop case scenarios which should illustrate a probable future development. This expert evaluation is used as a basis of decisionmaking for the federal- and regional politics. The report will be released at the end of 2016.
The aim of the roadmap “Agenda For Urban Regions in Austria” is to establish urban regions as fields of political action.
The roadmap shows the next steps, containing the main focuses and guide- and timelines. The roadmap relies on an interaction to the ÖREK-recommondation “Für eine Stadtregionspolitik in Österreich”, which arised from the ÖREK 2011. It focus is on measures which strengthen the political weight of planning and acting in an urban region.
The city of Bratislava would like to be approved as a “Smart City” in middle europe. The main topics of the city are “smart community”, “smart economy” and “smart resources”. A “Roadmap” for the implemenatation of these areas is planned to be accomplished by fall 2016.
The “Wohnbauforschung Niederösterreich” provides fundings for projects, aimed on research on innovative living and housing. We participate with a project considering following aspects:
The research focuses on showing the connections of these aspects. We will illustrate the main advantages of building age-conform housings in the center of the towns – for both, elderly people and community.
On behalf of Lower Austria, mecca elaborates a study on which activities are undertaken in the Danube Region and how they should be adapted to present and future challenges. From Lower Austrias point of view, we
We offer our services in the fields of INTERREG: long-term experienced in cooperation and application, we are your partner in cross-border cooperation. Hannah Luegmeyer produced a pilot for us showing our services. We like what we see – [no english version available, please watch and] enjoy!
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mecca elaborated an implementation concept for a “cross-border powerhouse Neufeld/Leitha” on behalf of the community. The idea was to renovate and reuse the former officials house in the city center.
Our focus was to find funding possibilities for such a project, as well as to comprehend the preconditions for a successful funding application.
The ETC Funding Period 2007-2013 is over – time to think about options, achievements and perspectives of cross border cooperation.
mecca prepared the final brochure “Grenz-Raum-Erfahrungen”, highlighting the INTERREG program’s contribution to the recent years development in the border area Austria -Hungary.
The brochure was part of a comprehensive communication concept, which publishes the results and chances of the INTERREG program AT-HU.
In the EU period 2007 – 2013, a number of cross-border projects was implemented to enhance the health care situation in the border regions AT-SK and AT-CZ.
Cross-border Cooperation will be carried on in the period 2014-2020. mecca supports the Health and Social Fund of Lower Austria (NÖGUS) in the brand and project development of the initiative “Health without Borders” and in the preparation of three cross-border health projects.
Also in the new period 2014-2020, the cooperation program AT-HU (INTERREG V) will facilitate bilateral partnerhips and projects in the Austrian-Hungarian border region. The EU comission attaches importance to the comprehensible measurement of the program’s achievements.
In this context, mecca carried out a survey among the ETC actors on the cooperation intensity in the border region on behalf of the Managing Authority AT-HU.
The survey will be repeated twice during the program period 2014 – 2020.
In the frame of the INTERREG program AT-CZ, the project „C4PE” aims to enhance the cooperation between businesses and schools. Moreover, a vocational training is planned, taking place simultaneously in the Czech Republic and in Austria resulting in a mutual acceptance of the qualification. Students will get insight into the cross-border economy and also better occupational orientation. The project addresses students, teachers and SMEs.
mecca supports the Academy of Lower Austria as a Leadpartner of this initiative in project development and application.
A common strategy for the sustainable development of the region Weinviertel-Záhorie towards a cross-border economic area aims at enhancing the regions quality as a business and residential location. Strategies were developed in order to expand the cross-border transport infrastructure and discuss the design of new border crossings with the afflicted municipalities.
Project partner: ÖAR Regional Consulting
Countries: AT, SK
The city of Schwechat has about 17,500 inhabitants. The increase of the population is approximately 1,000 people per year. Green- and freespaces are very important for the quality of living in the city.
The project “Green City Schwechat” concentrates solely on green- and freespaces and collaborates strongly with citizens, the governing authority and politics. The most important questions are: “What roles will green- and freespacess play in the year 2050?” and “How do the habitants imagine Schwechat in der future?
The partners of the project are the Green City Lab Schwechat, the township of Schwechat and the LEADER-Region Römerland Carnuntum.
The outdated wastewater treatment plants in Frauenkirchen and Podersdorf are to be replaced by a new, innovative approach (“NEW”). This approach fullfills along with the standard tasks of wastewater treatment new aspects by reusing wastewater as a pool of resources, which is in Austria and also internationally trendsetting.
To implement the project, it’s intended to seek funding by the EU LIFE program: LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects. Together with the Technical University of Vienna, mecca takes care of the LIFE-application.
E_PROFIL is a set of methods (an IT-supported toolkit) for the elaboration of neighbourhood profiles. The aim of the project is to facilitate an energy and resource efficient development in the planning practice of Austrian cities. Furthermore, the project is an important asset for research and planning activities in Europe and can also be applied to other neighbourhoods.
Our project partners are:
mecca produces two thematic maps on recycling in the Danube Region. One map shows the amount of waste material in more than 40 significant cities and sites withinin the Danube Region from Germany to the Ukraine.
The second map shows where recycling companies are settled in the Austrian Danube Region.
Since 2012, the Carinthian Legislation of Wind Power Sites regulates the exploitation of windpower. Three years after its effective date, mecca evaluated the possibilities of legal project implementation, protection rules and different systems of regulation.
A missing transport link over the river March hinders the integrated development of the region Weinviertel – Zahorie despite similar economic and spatial preconditions. However, after a negative referendum, the planned bridge connecting Angern an der March and Záhorská Ves won’t be built. In this project, we developed an alternative concept to enhance cross-border mobility.
Countries: AT, SK