In the border area, there has been a cycling tourism expertise, respectively cycling tourism offers for years. The KTM cycle route has existed for a long time. It runs partly parallel to the new EuroVelo 13 and crosses the EuroVelo 9 (via Brno – Vienna).
The KTM Cycle Route East along the Morava River has so far partly run on less suitable tourist routes. Therefore, there have been efforts for years to make the section between Hohenau and Engelhartsstetten more attractive or to relocate it to new routes.
The proposals for the new routes run through nature-sensitive areas. Now, under certain conditions, a nature conservation permit has been granted.
Essential for this are appropriate visitor guidance measures (barriers, visitor information, etc.) and subsequently a monitoring of the effect of the proposed and implemented measures.
The interim evaluation of the PaNaNet+ project presents a comparison of the objectives and the actual situation.
With the pilot project “b-solutions”, the Office of the Lower Austrian Provincial Government, Department of nursery and Schools, has set itself the goal of identifying sustainable methods for overcoming these legal or administrative obstacles in the case of cross-border nurserry and school visits.
The Welcome Info is intended to provide assistance and orientation, especially for Slovak newcomers in the surrounding Austrian communities, so that they can find their way around in their new environment more quickly, especially with regard to administrative and cross-border issues.
With the help of the Welcome Info, which will subsequently be translated into Slovak, the most important questions for newcomers are to be communicated in an understandable way right from the start. The target group is people from neighbouring countries (especially Slovakia) who already live in the Austrian border area or who want to settle in the border municipalities of the districts of Gänserndorf, Bruck an der Leitha or Eisenstadt.
On 31 December 2021, around 500 permanent permits for the installation of Schanigärten on public property in Vienna expire. The entrepreneurs concerned must therefore submit new applications for the 2022 season. The current (stricter) guidelines will be applied. For some entrepreneurs, this means that their new outdoor cafés will be significantly smaller or that they will no longer be allowed to set up outdoor cafés from 2022 onwards. These businesses should be informed by the Chamber of Commerce in a timely manner so that they can react to the changed situation in good time.
Preparation of comprehensive, uniform and optimised management plans for all six Burgenland nature parks, based on the Austria-wide recognised 4-pillar model of nature parks.
The result is an “Action Plan 2025” per nature park, which can be used as an aid for project submissions in the national and international context and should lead to the direct implementation of activities.
The project is intended to create an analytical and strategic basis for making the business areas concerned fit for the future as locations in themselves and to qualify them in several respects. The analysis of the locations as such and their urban-functional environment is just as important as the dialogue and exchange with the companies located there and other relevant stakeholders and experts.
The implementation of the “Regions 4 Health” network is to be carried out within the framework of three INTERREG projects. These focus on the entire border region of Lower Austria with its neighbouring regions in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. They take into account the following focal points of the network and ensure regional implementation.
The LEADER Region Bucklige Welt – Wechselland will start the strategy process for the new LEADER period 2023-27 in September 2021.
Building on the existing LEADER strategy 2014-2020, an overall strategy with concrete outputs in the four fields of action (value creation, natural space and cultural heritage, public welfare and climate) is to be developed in a broad-based bottom-up process with representatives from politics and civil society.
The LEADER Region Triestingtal starts in September 2021 with the strategy process for the new LEADER period 2023-27.
Building on the existing LEADER strategy 2014-2020, an overall strategy with concrete outputs in the 4 fields of action (value creation, natural space and cultural heritage, common good and climate) is to be developed within the framework of a broad-based bottom-up process with representatives from politics and civil society.
With regional master planning, a new instrument was created in Lower Austria in 2012.
was created in Lower Austria in 2012, with which the previously used instruments of regulatory and development planning (regional spatial planning programme and small regional framework concept) are more closely interlinked. In the meantime, master plans have been carried out in various regions. The task of this project is the implementation of two master planning processes to be carried out independently of each other in the regions Bucklige Welt /Lower Austria South
With regional master planning, a new instrument was created in Lower Austria in 2012, with which the previously used instruments of regulatory and development planning (Regional Spatial Planning Programme and Small Regional Framework Concept) are more closely interlinked. In the meantime, master plans have been carried out in various regions. The task of this project is to evaluate regional master plans already carried out and existing regional spatial development programmes, as well as to carry out two pilot processes of master planning to be carried out independently of each other.
Project partners: ÖIR GmbH, Stadtland GmbH
The basis for the preparation of the process manual for master planning in Lower Austria is the spatial development model and the pilot master planning processes in the districts of Bruck/Leitha, Waidhofen/Thaya and Horn.
In order to improve the cross-border wine experience region developed in the Weinidylle AT-HU project and its international placement, a coherent, sustainable and innovative overall offer is needed. This can only be developed by SMEs, which requires a network of entrepreneurs.
The aim is to jointly increase the economic development effect and the survival rate of SMEs in the border region.
In the project Culture Across – Cultural Bridges across the Morava River – the municipality of Marchegg (LB) and the Museum of the City of Bratislava (PP1) are working together to preserve their cultural heritage and to strengthen the awareness of the local and regional population on both sides of the border for these cultural monuments. This will strengthen the tourist attractiveness of the entire border region in the heart of Central Europe (Marchfeld-Záhorie-Bratislava region).
The aim of the Common Heritage project is to develop transboundary cooperation between Hungarian and Austrian management organisations of the Fertő-Neusiedler See World Heritage Site, specifically the establishment of a joint management organisation and a landscape observatory based on a new management plan for the long-term protection, monitoring and communication of outstanding universal values of the World Heritage Site.
The goal of the European Region Danube-Moldova (EDM) – a political working group of the seven partner regions Upper Palatinate, Lower Bavaria with Altötting, Upper Austria, the Lower Austrian Most and Waldviertel, South Bohemia, Pilsen and Vysočina – is to further expand the existing cooperation. Health care is also a common concern of all EDM partners. For this reason a separate working group on cross-border health care was set up. Its aim is to improve the transfer of knowledge between the participating partner regions and to establish long-term cooperation in the field of health care.
The aim of the Interreg project Ecoregion SKAT is the coordinated development and strengthening of nature tourism offers by improving cooperation between municipalities, environmental groups, ecological centers and protected area administrations in the Slovak-Austrian border region, raising public awareness of environmental issues and building an information structure in the field of environmental education.
The purpose of the assignment is the elaboration of the programming document “Cooperation Programme” for Cross-Border Cooperation Slovak Republic – Austria 2021-2027, which will be one of the cross-border cooperation programmes implemented in 2021-2027 in accordance with EU regulations for EU cohesion policy.
Partners: Consulting Associates, M&E Factory monitoring and evaluation GmbH
The CERUSI project implements a Rural Social Innovation Lab Caravan to build skills and capacities for social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Rural regions in Central Europe often lack support structures to keep people in the region. Contrary to urban areas, there are few accelerator hubs or other options that offer support to people who want to change something for the better in their community.
The EU member states are preparing operational programmes for the new 2021 to 2027 funding period, also in cross-border cooperation. mecca supports the responsible organisations in the Austrian-Hungarian border region by executing a territorial and socio-economic analysis, cross-border strategy building, recommending the future orientation and definition of the programme strategy of IP AT-HU 2021-2027, defining the functional area(s) of the IP and preparation of the map of the programme area and the functional area(s) and elaborating the main content parts (chapters 1 to 3) of the IP AT-HU 2021-2027
Project partners: Vitál Pro, M&E Factory GmbH
Ten years after the publication of the travel guide Rich in ideas: CENTROPE it is now time to offer a stage for innovations in the European region Centrope in a completely revised new edition – this time with a special focus on projects that give priority to ecological, cultural and economic sustainability, be it in the field of urban agriculture, the energy sector or tourism.
The concept of a travel guide through which the region can be experienced from a different perspective will be retained: Here, initiatives and companies from the fields of culture, science, research and business that stand for the creativity and the diversity of the region are presented. The Centrope travel guide is easy to handle, as it can be accessed online. This makes it convenient to plan your next trip.
Take a look at the travel guide and discover exciting destinations nearby. The destinations showed in the map are constantly updated and expanded.
Link to the online map (German version)
The Danube power plant Altenwörth is the most powerful run-of-river power plant in Austria. The difference in height of the barrage is 13.9 metres and thus acts as a barrier for fish and other aquatic life. This obstacle will be overcome in the future with a fish migration aid, which is built in the frame of a LIFE+ project. At 12.5 kilometres long, it will be the longest fish bypass in Lower Austria. VERBUND Hydro Power coordinates the LIFE+ project.
Together with ALLRegio, mecca is responsible for the “Socio-economic Analysis – LIFE Network Danube+ ALTENWÖRTH”, the aim of which is to identify the possible socio-economic effects of this project and to present them in advance. Key indicators for the most important socio-economic impacts will be identified and presented. These key indicators provide the basis for a monitoring, which is planned in the course of the project “LIFE Net-work Danube+ ALTENWÖRTH”. The guiding theme for this is: Regional added value through a nature conservation project (LIFE+) on the Danube near Altenwörth.
project partner: ALLRegio
The Burgenland Department for Women, Anti-Discrimination and Equal Treatment, together with the Employment Pact, is organising a conference for young people 16+ in December 2019 at Friedensburg Schlaining on the topics of “Equal Opportunities and Violence” and “Equal Opportunities and Work/Education”. The conference builds on the results of previous school workshops. A total of about 150 participants, at least half of them young people, are expected to attend the conference.
mecca supports the organisation for this event.
In the course of the 20th century, the regional and national identity of Western Hungary and Eastern Austria has often developed in mutual demarcation and defence. The memory of these conflicts and often traumatic events manifests itself in symbolic places of remembrance. The overall project goal is to improve the knowledge of historical facts in the border region and to establish, intensify and secure long-term cooperation between organisations that impart this knowledge.
mecca supports the Austrian project partners in the implementation of this INTERREG AT-HU project.
The aim of the Danube-Moldavia European Region (EDM) – a political working group of the seven partner regions Upper Palatinate, Lower Bavaria with Altötting, Upper Austria, the Lower Austrian Most and Waldviertel, South Bohemia, Pilsen and Vysočina – is to expand the existing cooperation. Health care is also a common concern of all EDM partners. The great challenges of our time, including the sustainability of health care, can be met much better by bundled trilateral competences.
mecca supports the working group “cross-border health care” by surveying the current activities in cross-border health care and by working out challenges and problem areas in the EDM area.
The Pinka is a watercourse that crosses the border between Hungary and Austria several times and whose water resources are used by both countries. However, this use is not based on studies with detailed data. In order to maintain the good ecological status of the river, the INTERREG V-A AT-HU project AquaPinka is developing a water resources management plan with a comprehensive database (monitoring) and modelling. On the basis of this concept, both sides can treat water resources, water use, ecological regulations, flood protection and interventions according to the same methodology.
mecca supports the Province of Burgenland in the implementation of this INTERREG AT-HU project.
The project Connecting Regions (ConnReg) AT-CZ aims to bring together regional development in the programme area, which is currently still very much organised at district and country level. A common challenge is not only the coordination of regional policy fields of action (transport infrastructure, nature conservation, culture, spatial development, etc.) but also the improvement of the overall quality of cross-border projects.
As the programming of the next INTERREG funding programme AT-CZ is in the start-up phase, meccas task is to analyse the needs, potentials, themes and absorption capacity of the programme region and to identify key project proposals for the future programming period. To achieve this, mecca screens documents and data on the programme region and conducts several national and bilateral workshops with Czech and Austrian experts and project promoters, potential new project partners and other stakeholders.
In Bad Vöslau (Lower Austria) the old Louisenvilla should be renovated. On the same plot the Louisenpark apartment building is to be constructed. In the immediate vicinity are the spa gardens, a senior citizens’ residence and a municipal outdoor swimming pool.
The current forest-like character of the property is to be preserved as far as possible – especially the pine trees.
In order to preserve or create further ecologically valuable areas, plantings of several trees, flowering shrub hedges, planting beds with shrub mixtures, vertical greenery on a house wall or on wire ropes along the garbage room as well as the greening of the entire flat roof of the apartment building are planned.
Project partner: DI Doris Haidvogl – engineering office for landscape planning
The aim of the INTERREG project ConnReg AT-HU is to improve the integration of existing local and regional networks into cross-border cooperation. In order to identify potential topics for the next INTERREG programme period (post-2020), a survey will be conducted including existing projects and future project actors in the border region.
mecca supports the project partners with the analysis of the strategic documents elaborated within the framework of ConnReg AT-HU on the main topics of the INTERREG AT-HU programme and the existing documents for the programme period 2021-2027. Furthermore, an online survey and qualitative group interviews with Hungarian and Austrian experts show the needs, conditions and topics for cross-border cooperation. These results are discussed in thematic workshops with a focus on the 2021+ funding period together with Hungarian and Austrian project promoters, potential new project partners and other stakeholders and their relevance for cross-border cooperation will be examined.
The INTERREG AT-HU project aims at the long-term conservation of the biodiversity of transboundary wetland habitats and the development of their ecological networks. Natura 2000 species and wetland habitats as well as invasive species in the water catchment areas of Western Pannonia will be surveyed and strategies for conservation and networking will be developed jointly across borders.
project partner: Projektberatung Schlögl
Cross-border waterways as the Raab are characteristic for the Austrian-Hungarian border region. To maintain an appropriate environmental status and to guarantee a sustainable use a bilateral coordination and cooperation is needed. In the INTERREG AT-HU project „RaabSTAT“ the chemical-ecological status of the Raab is analysed and evaluated in the course of joint investigations. On the basis of the results measures for achieving and maintaining a good status can subsequently be worked out.
mecca supports the Province of Burgenland (Department 5 – Building) in the implementation of this INTERREG AT-HU project.
project partner: Projektberatung Schlögl
The INTERREG project “Bridges for Birth” is the first attempt to establish a sustainable cross-border health care in the Austrian-Slovak border region in the long term. In addition to the expansion of hospital cooperation across the border, which will enable neonatological emergencies to be transported from the state hospital (Landesklinikum) Hainburg to the nearby Children’s University Hospital in Bratislava, future cooperation potentials will be assessed and basic framework conditions for the implementation of cross-border patient care will be elaborated. Thereby, the services of the health care systems can be brought into line with the needs of the local population, thus sustainably improving the quality of life.
The project “Weinidylle AT-HU” is implemented by Naturpark in der Weinidylle (Nature Park in the Wine Idyll) and the Hungarian associations Hegypásztor Kör (Vinehill Sheperds) and Vasi Hegyhát – Rábamente Tourism in the period 2018-2020 as a cross-border project within the INTERREG AT-HU program.
The Burgenland-Hungarian border region has a rich natural and cultural heritage. A special feature are the numerous idyllic wine cellars (also called “Kellerstöckl”), of which hardly any are still used for their original purpose of viticulture. Many of the buildings are architecturally interesting and worthy of protection and make a significant contribution to the tourist USP of the region. However, only a very small number of historic wine cellars are currently used for tourism purposes and rented out as Kellerstöckl apartments, although international demand for these regional special offers is increasing. The aim of the project is to network the tourism offerings of the project region more cross-border, to work more attractively and to work together to develop a cross-border wine experience region in accordance with today’s guest needs.
Together with the project consultancy Schlögl, we support the nature park as lead partner in its administrative tasks.
project partner: Projektberatung Schlögl
The project Danube Hazard (Fighting Hazardous Substances Pollution in the Danube River Basin) will be submitted to the third call in the Danube Transnational Program (INTERREG). Leadpartner is the Institute for Water Quality and Resource Management of the Vienna University of Technology. mecca supports the client in preparing the application.
The Austrian Rural Development Programme (LE-Programme) 2014-2020 combines all measures of supporting rural areas.
As a part of the consortium (formed by metis), mecca is assigned to the evaluation of the programme. Following the completion of the 2017 implementation report we will elaborate the extended annual evaluation report 2019. mecca is responsible for the following topics:
A wide range of bilateral projects in the Austrian-Hungarian border region are funded by the current INTERREG VA programme. In order to measure the programme’s success, we evaluate the cooperation quality and intensity by an online survey among the actors.
Lake Neusiedl and its surrounding region are attractive in many respects and hence face an increasing pressure regarding spatial and settlement develpment, building areas at the waterside, recreation, culture and tourism, energy, economy, agriculture, nature protection etc.
In order to develop a coordinated strategy for the future development in the region, mecca is appointed to develop a “Master Plan Lake Neusiedl” based on a comprehensive regional analysis and the involvement of stakeholders, policy makers, interested public and other relevant organisations and institutions.
After mecca was assigned by the Vienna Economic Chamber to update the cadastre in 2017, we edit the notifications on behalf of the City of Vienna in 2018. The stocks from 2017 and 2016 were also standardised according to the specifications of MA46 (e.g. location, public space, approval period, status, types, etc.), so that there is now a consistent, up-to-date and comparable database for this period. From 2018 we processed 1,179 notifications, from 2017 671 and from 2016 117. The data is available as GIS shapefiles with the associated attribute tables.
Wrestling without borders establishes a cross-border platform with the aim to interest teenagers and kids in wrestling. The cross-border activities bring Austrian and Hungarian wrestlers together, in order to institutionalise common events and to save a long-termed cooperation between Austria and Hungary.
The popularity of wrestling has decreased in the last decades in both countries, Austria and Hungary, which causes problems in finding young members. Common activities promise to meet these challenges: Training courses for instructors and teaching videos are the knowledge base for training of teenagers and kids. Within tournaments and training camps, young wrestlers can compete with each other.
mecca supports the “Burgenländischen Ringsportverband” in administrating this cross-border project.
mecca supports the Vienna Economic Chamber in updating the cadastre of pavement cafés of the city. For this purpose, the 700 notifications submitted by the client in 2017 are entered in the existing database and map. The data are available as a result as GIS shapefiles with the associated attribute table.
Since 2013, the Carinthian Legislation of Photovoltaic Arrays regulates the use of photovoltaics. Four years after its effective date, mecca evaluated the possibilities of project implementations, protection rules and different systems of regulation in a broad discussion process.
CEP (Courier, Express and Parcel)-Services are of increasing importance for urban supply. The demand for these services is expected to grow, mainly caused by the booming e-commerce market, but also by the increasing city population and the numbers of single households. But how is the economic development of the sector, what’s the CEP-Service’s importance regarding the business location and the urban development and what are the hot topics in the years to come? On behalf of the Vienna Economic Chamber, we are working on these and further questions together with the Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt).
project partner: Environment Agency Austria
The border region of Slovakia and Austria cultural offers are being developed and expanded by cross-border activities within the framework of the Heritage SK-AT project. Suitable premises for artists, craftsmen and vintners unlock the creative potential in the region.
The project focuses on creating a cultural-creative center in Modra and Jedenspeigen castle. This includes the adaptation of the rooms for the extension of the historical exhibition as well as the establishment of a vinotheque and rooms for joint events. Other activities include the promotion of traditions in the border region through cultural and artistic events, the organisation of cross-border seminars, wine competitions, open studio days as well as a documentation centre.
NAFES (Lower Austrian working group for the promotion of shopping in town and city centres) supports activities aimed at increasing the attractiveness of urban shaped village centres and gaining new circles of customers. During the funding period 2013-2016 207 projects were funded with a total investment volume of € 12.4 million and public funds in the amount of € 3.3 million.
mecca conducted an impact analysis regarding the funding period 2013-2016 with the aim of deducing suggestions for NAFES 2017+.
The INTERREG project “regionet competitive” builds on the activities of the pior project “regionet aktiv”. The aim is to strengthen the competitveness especially of small and medium-sized enterprises in the border regions by cross-border networking, education and cooporation. Ten austrian and hungarian partners work together implementing this project.
mecca supports the Lower Austrian regions Region Bucklige Welt-Wechselland and Römerland Carnuntum in the implementation of this INTERREG VA project.
The pollen of the Ambrosia artemisiifolia plant, commonly known as Ragweed, are regarded as especially agressive in triggering alergic reactions. They are responsible for substantial economical losses. While Hungary is fighting the plant by applying organisatorical and juridical measures, there are no measures implemented against the plant in Austria up until now. There is neither a regulated procedure for recording and combating ragweed nor any cooperation with the Hungarian authorities. This imbalance in the administrative systems’ ability to act represents a major challenge for the border region – especially Burgenland is affected. As Ragweed does not stop at the border, the problem can only be tackled through joint action.
The aim of this project is the establishment of a sustaibable cooparation between Austrian and Hungarian administrative and research institutions dealing with Ragweed control. This transfer of know-how leads to benefits for both sides and improves the quality of public service and thus the quality of life for the citizens.
mecca supports the Province of Burgenland in its administrative tasks.
The REBEN project is implemented by the Province of Burgenland and the Hungarian North-Transdanubian Water Directorate ÉDUVIZIG as a part of INTERREG AT-HU in 2017-2019.
The aim of the project is the preservation of the high water quality and the good ecological and chemical condition of Lake Neusiedl as well as to formulate essential measures. As Lake Neusiedl region is separated by the Austrian-Hungarian border, a joint approach is necessary.
By investigating the exchange of water and matter between the reed belt and the open water as well as their importance for water quality, a major knowledge gap is to be filled. The management plan forms the basis for a long-term, integrative concept for the sustainable protection of water quality and provides recommendations for bilaterally coordinated monitoring for the assessment of the condition of the lake.
Lower Austria has committed itself to reduce the energy consumption and the greenhouse gas emissions. Measures are defined in the NÖ Klima- und Energieprogramm 2020 (Lower Austria Climate and Energy Programme). They are consistent with European, Austrian and Lower Austrian climate protection measures.
The aim of the study commissioned by EVN is the question how regional and communal development and energy supply could be better coordinated in order to generate benefit regarding security of energy supply, energetic and economic efficiency, climate protection and minimising environmental impacts. mecca conducted a data analysis, and developed usage suggestions for model communities.
project partner: Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt)
The Project “Education grows” in the region Buckelige Welt-Wechselland is a initiative by educators, parents and the economy. It is financally supported by the LEADER Region Buckelige Welt-Wechselland.
Aims of the project:
mecca supports the LEADER Region Buckelige Welt-Wechselland with project development and implementation.
The city of Schwechat has about 17,500 inhabitants. The increase of the population is approximately 1,000 people per year. Green and open spaces are essential for the quality of living in the city.
The project “Green City Schwechat” concentrates solely on green and open spaces and collaborates with citizens, the city government and politics. The most important questions are: “What role will green and open spaces play in the year 2050?” and “How do the citizens imagine Schwechat in der future?”. Possible answers to these questions are to be integrated in the city development process in order to find solutions for green, livable ans resilient cities.
project partners: Green City Lab Schwechat, township of Schwechat, LEADER region Römerland Carnuntum
The Austrian Rural Development Programme (LE Programme) 2014-20 combines all measures of supporting rural areas. As a part of a consortium formed by metis, mecca is assigned to the evaluation of the achievement of objectives regarding the following topics:
– Model projects in rural tourism
– Rural tourism
– Village renewal
– Civic participation
– Vitalisation of town centres, revitalisation of buildings and infrastructure for leisure, culture and education
project partner: Metis
Health care provision in Austria, especially in border-regions, faces the challenges of providing cost-efficient and high quality health care due to issues like periphery, demografic change and others. Cross-border cooperation is one solution to face these challenge. By sharing infrastructures, efficient use of resources or shorter distances the health care provision of residents can highly be improved.
Lower Austria is a pioneer in cross-border health care provision. It is the only region in Austria which has a long termed strategy concerning healthcare provision in border regions. The Health and Social Fund of Lower Austria (NÖGUS) has been working on cross-border health care for many years and has implemented numerous successful projects. Unfortunately, short- to midtermed projects represent the performance/output and activities only temporarily and not for a longer horizone.
By developing the brand “Lower Austria – Cross-border Health Care”, Lower Austria concentrates its cross-border activities in the region – and can be recognized by public and experts. Concentrating these ativities enables the government of Lower Austria to represent itself in public and on a European level.
mecca supports the Health and Social Fund of Lower Austria (NÖGUS) in developing the brand “Lower Austria – Cross-border Health Care”
The austrian “Building Report” is issued regulary. The main aspects of the 3rd edition of the report are landscape, residential building and communal construction. Hannes Schaffer is one of the experts for 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 for decision making for federal and regional politics. The report will be released end of 2016.
project partner: Plattform Baukulturpolitik (Platform Building Culture Policy)
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 as well as specigic guidelines and time horizons. 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 Central Europe. The main topics of the city are “Smart use of resources”, “Smart community”, “Smart economy”.
In a roadmap the implemenatation of these main topics is to be elaborated. A city with a high quality of living, an innovative economy and creative start-ups is the goal. Therefore, the city of Vienna is a cooperation partner, as these two cities are confronted with similar challanges: A tight budget but also services and situations that need to be tackled efficiently and environmental-friendly. Thinking outside the box and practise an exchange of knowledge and experiences is the order of the day.
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Since a few years, there are ambitions to improve the cycle path along the river March and to find new routes, which are more suitable for touristic use. Since the new routes pass through ecologically sensitive areas, this entails certain nature conservation requirements. To meet these reqirements, a set of measures to safeguard the visitor guidance need to be undertaken and subsequently monitored regarding their efficiency.
In close cooperation with the concerned municipalities, we elaborate the necessary measures in detail (e.g. visitor information, enclosures…), define their location and outline them in a code of practice.
project partner: Karl Reiner (ÖAR)
The Lower Austrian Housing Research 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 the community.
There is still catching-up to be done in terms of cross-border cooperation in providing health care in the Lower Austria-Czech Republic border region. The aim of the EU-funded (INTERREG AT-CZ) project “Unlimited Health Care” is to optimise health care provision for residents by building up networks, providing the direct linkup on the spot and cutting across the national border.
An endometriosis centre is being established in the Melk hospital (Lower Austria), based on knowledge transfer from Znojmo (which is an EU-certified endometriosis centre) to Melk. Radiotherapy treatment of Austrian patients in the hospital in Znojmo is to be enabled. The Czech hospital in Znojmo is not far from the border and has capacity for additional patients; patients from Lower Austria should receive radiotherapy treatment there. Cross-border emergency cooperation is to be established with Lower Austria, Southern Bohemia and Southern Moravia trough a web application that enables cross-border ambulance services.
mecca supports this project with cross-border project management.
The outdated wastewater treatment plants in Frauenkirchen and Podersdorf are to be replaced by a new, innovative approach, which 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 (“NEW-facility”).
To implement the project, it is intended to seek funding by the EU LIFE programme: LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects. Together with the Vienna University of Technology, mecca takes care of the LIFE application.
project partner: Vienna University of Technology
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, mecca…
Hannes Schaffer gives lectures at Vienna University of Technology for students in the fields of regional development and spatial planning.
Focus is on the develpment of rural areas and energy planning. The lectures are supplemented by field trips.
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.
project partners: Institute of Spatial Planning (Vienna University of Technology; Research Units: Urban and Regional Research, Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy), Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology (Vienna University of Technology), Research Institute of Urban Management and Governance (Vienna University of Economics and Business), City of Linz (Geschäftsbereich Planung, Technik und Umwelt), Linz AG, Ars Electronica Center, Linz
Amerang is a village in Upper Bavaria. On behalf of the Ernst-Freiberger-Foundation, mecca develops a location development concept for the town. The aim of the concept is to position Amerang even more strongly as a sustainable, authentic and culturally interesting community which is attractive for its inhabitants and guests of the region and beyond.
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.
mecca supports the government of Burgenland in developing a manual for modification of land use plans. The aim of the project is to discuss frequently asked questions related to the process of rezoning in land use plans. On the other hand, standardising and enhancing transparency in this process is in demand.
The manual aims at the communities and planners responsible for local spatial planning, so they are actively involved in the elaboration.
Since 2012, Upper Austria is focussing on initiating and promoting intercommunal cooperation in the field of regional planning and spatial development. To ensure the best possible cost-benefit ratio, mecca evaluates the finalised projects and develops minimum requirements for future projects and cooperations. We evaluate the technical quality of intercommunal cooperation and their contribution to the aims of the federal state planning in Upper Austria. In addition, we look closely at the cooperations themselves and their processes.
In cooperation with the Joint Secretariat and the Managing Authority of the EU-programme INTERREG AT-SK, mecca drafts a manual for applicants and beneficiaries for programme periode 2014-2020.
The manual should allow the applicants to understand all requirements until the contracting stage, i.e. it should outline the stages of application, assessment and selection. The manual’s contents stretches from the contracting stage to the implementation and closure of the project and includes key provisions on eligibility of cost and related evidence, procurement, reporting, payment requests, publicity and information.
mecca elaborates an implementation concept for a “cross-border powerhouse Neufeld/Leitha” on behalf of the municipality. The idea was to renovate and reuse the former officials house in the city center as a cross-border impulse centre for historic archiving as well as political and scientific research activities.
Our focus was to find funding possibilities for such a project, as well as to comprehend the preconditions for a successful funding application.
Since 2012, the Carinthian Legislation of Wind Power Sites regulates the use of windpower. Three years after its effective date, mecca evaluated the possibilities of legal project implementations, protection rules and different systems of regulation.
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.
Countries: AT, HU
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 will not be built. In this project, we developed an alternative concept to enhance cross-border mobility.
Countries: AT, SK
In December 2014, after one and a half year life time of the Marc Aurel Initiative for Health and Life Quality, mecca carried out a survey on the level of awareness concerning the initiative as well as on future topics in the LEADER region Römerland Carnuntum.
Also in the new period 2014-2020, the cooperation programme AT-HU (INTERREG V) will facilitate bilateral partnerhips and projects in the Austrian-Hungarian border region. The European Commission 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.
Within the frame of the INTERREG programme AT-CZ, the project „C4PE” aims to enhance the cooperation between businesses and schools. Moreover, a cross-border 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 career orientation. The project addresses students, teachers and SME’s.
mecca supports the Academy of Lower Austria as a lead partner of this initiative in project development and application.
mecca supports the LEADER region Marchfeld in developing a strategy for 2014+. The participation process is locally organised by the LEADER office; professional inputs and the finalisation of the strategy are carried out by an external consultant team.
mecca supports the LEADER region Römerland Carnuntum in developing a strategy for 2014+. The participation process is locally organised by the LEADER office; professional inputs and the finalisation of the strategy are carried out by an external consultant team.
mecca supports the LEADER region Bucklige Welt-Wechselland in developing a strategy for 2014+. The participation process is locally organised by the LEADER office; professional inputs and the finalisation of the strategy are carried out by an external consultant team.
mecca supports the LEADER region Southern Lower Austria in developing a strategy for 2014+. The participation process is locally organised by the LEADER office; professional inputs and the finalisation of the strategy are carried out by an external consultant team.
mecca supports the positioning of the LEADER region Triestingtal as a “family-friendly region”.
On behalf of the Austrian conference on spatial planning (ÖROK), mecca and the Institute of Spation Planning, Vienna University of Technology, elaborate positions and milestones for a common Austrian agglomeration policy.
The result of this project is an orientation framework for decision makers and relevant stakeholders on how to support the establishment and further development of urban-regional cooperations.
Download of the german “Agenda”: Agenda Stadtregionen
project partner: Institute of Spation Planning (Vienna University of Technology, TU Wien)
A missing transport link over the river March hinders the integrated development of the region Weinviertel – Zahorie despite similar economic and spatial preconditions. A common strategy for the sustainable development of the region Weinviertel-Záhorie towards a cross-border economic area aims at enhancing the region’s quality as a business and residential location. Strategies are to be developed in order to expand the cross-border transport infrastructure and discuss the design of new border crossings with the concerned municipalities.
Countries: AT, SK
Project partner: ÖAR Regional Consulting, VVMZ
The Weinviertel region is characterised by different generations living together. However, population structure will change significantly in the next few years. mecca supported the Weinviertel Ost in handling the challenges challenges of demographic change. The goal is to develop perspectives and to create a catalogue of measures for the economy and tourism.
mecca consulting and BHW-Projektverein support the region Römerland Carnuntum on its path to accessibility. The project is being implemented in close cooperation with the municipalities and tourist facilities of the region.
project partner: BHW-Projektverein
Within the frame of the RECOM SK-AT network analysis mecca identified actors and organsiations being active in the Austrian – Slovakian border region. Now these actors are shown on an interactive actors’ map on the RECOM SK-AT website.
Project website: http://recom-skat.eu/main.php?lang=de&menu=49
The aim of the project workshops was a list of well-prepared and well-coordinated cross-border projects with strategic relevance, which were not in competition with each other.
mecca realised four thematic workshops:
„EXREN – EXplore REnewable ENergy“ is a cross-border project within the frame of ETC SK-AT. This project deals with the following challenges:
mecca assisted EXREN in identifying and adressing the relevant stakeholders as well as in etablishing a summer camp for teenagers.
Expert opinion in the fields regional policy and material goods, recreations and overall apperance of the townscape and the landscape.
Within the upcoming six months a demography check will be conducted for the municipalities and companies in the LEADER region Bucklige Welt – Wechselland. The focus lies on a sector check for economy and tourism, which is a service for the regional companies and municipalities. They will recieve the results, showing how well the company is organised now and what measures and strategies are recommended for the future.
Pilot projects will be developed and conducted together with regional actors. An online survey assesses current problems and desires of regional companies.
project partner: conos Tourismusconsulting GmbH
During the last months network analyses in the Austrian border regions with the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary have been conducted (Euroregion Danube-Vltava, PRO 2013+, RECOM HUAT network analysis, RECOM SKAT network and potential analysis). After the conclusion of these works, the relevant outcomes for the federal state of Lower Austria are to be portrayed in a comparable and structured way.
Lower Austria and its neighboring Czech regions of Southern Moravia, Vysocina and Southern Bohemia can build on a long lasting cooperation in the field of healthcare. Now, they want to go further and institutionalise this cooperation in an EGTC.
mecca supports the future EGTC members in implementing their plans. Questions concerning the goals, tasks, competences and members, as well as political and legal frameworks need to be solved. A roadmap and an implementing plan shall be developed until the end of 2013.
The aim of this project is to entrench Ferlach (Carinthia) as a distinct centre for creativity, training and development through the setup of subject-specific networks and the establishment of a start-up initiative. The main objective is the generation and the preservation of jobs. Therefore, the following priorities are being set:
– Positioning the City of Ferlach as a centre for creativity and education in Carithia/Austria
– Unlocking potentials of the existing polytechnic (HTBLVA Ferlach), specialised companies and the citizens of Ferlach
– Positioning the City of Ferlach as a business location for HTBLVA graduates and company founders
– Setup and expansion of networks of existing companies in Ferlach, company founders and companies willing to settle
project partner: Institut für Zukunftskompetenzen
In the LEADER region Römerland-Carnuntum a demography check for the 27 municipalities and companies in the regions of Bruck an der Leitha and Wien-Umgebung was conducted. The focus for the region lies on the sector check for economy and tourism, a service aimed at regional companies. It shows how well the company is organised and what kind of measures and strategies are recommended in the future.
GREENNET is a transnational project within the frame of the fundung programme INTERREG IV Central Europe. The project’s aim is the development of an ecological network within the central european Green Belt. Six pilot regions serve as models for the implementation of new and innovative procedures and specific management instruments as solutions of land-use conflicts in the study regions.
mecca supported the Regionalmanagement Burgenland with the concept preparation to develop an innovative method regarding the creation of a biodiversity monitoring in pilot region 5 (Burgenland).
The aim of the project is to raise people’s awareness regarding biodiversity and socio-economic values of their surrounding natural landscapes in Western Hungary and in Eastern Austria (Burgenland) describes the main objective of the transboundary project PaNaNet, implemented within the Austrian-Hungarian Cross-Border Territorial Cooperation Programme 2007-2013. The project was coordinated by the Regional Management Burgenland.
mecca supported the PannonianNatureNetwork in the development of joint sustainable tourism offers and a common marketing strategy.
The region around Bratislava is characterised by a strong growth dynamic. Therefore, numerous initiatives to coordinate the development of Bratislava with that of the surrounding communities have been launched (COBRA, COBRA + TREE). Now the representatives of the Austrian municipalities and of the federal states of Lower Austria and Burgenland have agreed to elaborate a spatial development concept for the Austrian surroundings of Bratislava. The longterm goal is to coordinate their spatial development with the city of Bratislava. An urban study is to be elaborated, which incorporates an ongoing cooperation with the Austrian municipalities, among other things.
mecca applied itself together with RaumRegionMensch and dieLandschaftsplaner.at to the preparation of the spatial development concept for the 14 Austrian Municipalities.
Go to project website.
project partner: die Landschaftsplaner.at, RaumRegionMensch
The “SRO_peripher” database provides impulses for activities and instruments for active intervention in the regions. mecca analysed national and international examples (Focus Austria, Germany, Switzerland).These examples were located on a “Map of Possibilities”, which is accessible under the following link: SRO_peripher Datenbank
The database is permanently updated by mecca. At the moment there are more than 250 examples online.
The cross-border energy strategy for Burgenland and the bordering Hungarian counties Győr-Moson-Sopron, Vas and Zala analysed both the actual energetic condition as well as developable potentials for future cooperation and appropriate measures. The national and international policy background was researched and analysed too.
The new Spatial Planning Strategy for Upper Austria is supposed to formulate the most important strategic goals and measures for spatial planning, in order to respond to current developments and their spatial consequences.
The most important characteristics of the updated Spatial Planning Strategy are:
project partner: stadtland, komobile
In the process of developing the Viennese Urban Development Plan (STEP 2025), mecca supported the working group „Clearing & Governance“ with process assistance and professional expertise.
The network analysis RECOM HU-AT examined existing networks in Vienna, Burgenland and in parts of Lower Austria and Styria as well as in the regions Györ-Moson-Sopron, Vas and Zala. The network analysis is part of the ETC HU-AT programme 2014-2020. The major issues as well as the common thematic emphases will be considered in the programming process.
project partner: ÖAR Regionalberatung
The agglomeration perspective is one of five cross-cutting issues in the Urban Development Plan STEP 2015. In cooperation with stadtland, mecca worked on a position paper on urban-regional cooperation. Relevant stakeholders in Vienna and the region and the Stadt-Umland-Management Vienna – Lower Austria (SUM) are involved in the process design. mecca and stadtland offer both operational and content-related services, mainly professional consulting and expertise.
project partner: stadtland
The European member states prepare for the new funding period 2014-2020 operational cross-border cooperation programmes. mecca supports the responsible institutions in the Austrian-Hungarian border region.
project partner: Vital Pro
The purpose of the potential- and network analysis is to examine the existing potentials in the regions of Lower Austria, Burgenland and Vienna as well as in the self governing regions of Bratislava and Trnava and the city of Bratislava. Additionally, further potentials are determined. Through the embedding of the results into networks and organisational structures the potentials can secure sustainably. Therefore the 11 thematic fields of the current EU-regulation have been used.
Countries: AT, SK
Project partner: Aurex, Bratislava
Within the frame of the ETC programme AT-SK, a cross-border tourism information and education centre was developed on the site of the McarthurGlenn Designer Outlet Parndorf, Burgenland.
The aim of the project is to establish a tourism region in Trnava through practice-oriented know-how transfer. The already established tourism associations of Burgenland are taking over a sponsorship for the Trnava region. The project ensures a cooperation network between these two regions regarding tourism (joint marketing and guest advice in the information centres). Through the cooperation with the highly frequented designer outlet, the tourism facilities of the surrounding regions can benefit from its frequency.
project partner: Burgenland Tourism (Lead Partner), self-governing region Trnava, Neusiedler See Tourismus GmbH
In cooperation with metis, mecca develope a Policy Paper on integrated regional development of the cross-border Danube-March-Thaya area. This paper is used as the basis for implementing the new instrument Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) in the programming period 2014-2020.
Countries: AT, SK, CZ
In the course of this expertise the following questions are covered:
GREENNET is a transnational project, conducted under the programme Interreg IV Central Europe. Its aim is to develop an ecologic network within the frame of the central European Green Belt. Six pilot regions serve as models for the implementation of new and innovative procedures and specific management instruments as solutions of land-use conflicts in the study regions.
In the work package 3 „Inventories and Surveys“, a transnational coordinated analyse system is to be developed. The following questions should be answered within a joint systematics:
The “Regional Guiding Plan for Nordraum Wien” is supposed to ensure the coordinated spatial development along A5, S1 and A22. The project region belongs to the fastest-growing regions in Austria. In order to make the development of municipalities sustainable and efficient the plan was drafted by the municipalities and the federal state together.
The regional guiding plan was a novelty in Lower Austria. Under the main idea of “equal cooperation” a new approach for regional planning is developed. It is marked by an early, constructive and goal-oriented cooperation of municipalities, the region and the federal state. Regional goals, principles and measures of spatial development should be determined and realized through cooperative labour division and grouping of competences by municipalities and the federal state.
Project documentation (only in German available)
project partner: Institute of Spatial Planning – Research Unit Regional Planning and Regional Development (Vienna University of Technology, TU Wien)
The amendment plan for the Operational Programme (OP) Phasing Out Burgenland will contribute to an optimum impact in the upcoming years.
The approach of the revision is determined by article 48 of the Concil Regulation 1083/2006 on general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund: Reasons for revision, realisation difficulties and the expected impacts of the revision were explained in the amendment. The outcome was passed to the monitoring committee.
The amendment planned for the Operational Programme (OP) Phasing Out Burgenland will contribute to an optimum impact in the upcoming years.
The approach of the revision is determined by article 48 of the Concil Regulation 1083/2006 on general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund: Reasons for revision, realisation difficulties and the expected impacts of the revision were explained in the amendment. The outcome was passed to the monitoring committee.
Within the project “Partnership Austria-Czech Republic in the Central European Region – PRO 2013+” the existent potentials in the regions Vienna, Lower Austria, South Moravia and Vysočina were elaborated to construct a more focused and sustainable future cross-border cooperation. The results of a cross-border network and potential analysis are then the basis for the new Operational Programme ETC AT-CZ in the upcoming period 2014-2020.
Countries: AT, CZ
Project Website: http://www.pro2013plus.eu
The PaNaNet’s 14 participating regions were: 4 national parks (National Park Neusiedlersee-Seewinkel in Austria and Fertő-Hanság, Örség and Balaton-felvidék National Parks in Hungary), all 6 nature parks in Burgenland (Neusiedlersee-Leithagebirge, Rosalia-Kogelberg, Landseer Berge, Geschriebenstein, Weinidylle and Raab) and 4 nature parks in West Hungary (Sopron, Irottkő, Örség and Kerka).
The overarching goal of the PaNaNet project is to improve the acceptance of protected areas through raising awareness within the population regarding the value of protected areas for both quality of life and economic opportunities. Through the permanent networking of the pannonian protected areas they should be able to establish themselves as offering a distinctive nature experience. The continued development of existing facilities is important, as well as focused preparations to attract new target groups to the new nature tourism opportunities.
The cross-border study analyses both the current energy status as well as the resulting or developable future cooperation potentials between Burgenland and the self-governed region Trnava. Additionally the national policy background was researched and analysed.
Countries: AT, SK
The primary, secondary and special needs schools in southern Lower Austria led a pilot project on the subject, „What parents and grandparents should know about their children’s lives.“
Using a regional questionnaire, the schools sought to learn about parents’, grandparents’ and caregivers’ impressions about what their children do during a regular day and to identify problem areas where they felt they required more information. The schools then began to develop the initial specific implementation measures in the various areas identified by the parents (eg. Bullying, internet dangers, puberty, education and learning difficulties, drug consumption and addiction prevention).
BAUM coordinates spatial development within the urban fringe between the capital city of Bratislava and the bordering municipalities in Austria. the main topics of this project are the coordination of development plans (which usually end at the border), the discussion of controversial projects and a joint implementation of approved ideas.
Aims of this project are:
Countries: AT, SK
project partner: Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)
There is much to experience in the seven Austrian municipalities and four Slovak districts. However, until now this is only known by a small group of insiders.
Through the EU-funded project “Servus Pontis” Čunovo, Deutsch Jahrndorf, Edelstal, Gattendorf, Jarovce, Nickelsdorf, Kittsee, Pama, Petržalka, Rusovce and Zurndorf together call attention to the touristic sights and events in the region. The most beautiful sights of the region are presented in a tourist guide and a culture compass.
Bicycle routes connect the municipalities physically. Nice spots, rest areas for cyclers, drinking fountains or oversized chess boards make the routes even more attractive;
Signs about the region and the project offer information about the touristic treasures in the region.
But not only the bicycle routes and sights should draw the inhabitants into neighbouring municipalities – they are also warmly welcomed at local events. For example at the annual Rusovce Day or the fair in Nickelsdorf – guests always have different opportunities. In order to overcome communication barriers the municipalities offer possibilities for further education, for instance in Edelstal people can learn the Slovak language.
Already for the tenth time the Regional Development Lower Austria and its partner organisations award outstanding initiatives for cross-border cooperation with the EUREGIO Innovation Award. This anniversary calls for a novelty. This year we are breaking new ground by awarding insitutions for their ongoing, cross-border engagement in the past ten years.
mecca supports the preparation for and realisation of this year’s event themed “Growing Together”.
The Austrian Conference on Spatial Planning’s (ÖROK) population forecasts display clearly that all regions are facing inevitable changes that must be adapted to. In these forecasts, the growth in the number of aging people combined with a decline of the youth plays a major role. Communities must quickly adjust to this and begin to consider how they will adapt their infrastructure. Regions that find ways to engage the aging part of the population in the community stand to benefit from the financial stability that the elderly have achieved through their retirement pensions.
This project concentrates on all of the eastern regions that have been left behind by the the development of dynamic agglomerations and are now characterized by their steady or predicted exodus of people and workers. These developing trends, as well as declining municipal budgets, require specific actions on the part of the communities and their regional political bodies.
Hannes Schaffer gave lectures on project management in environmental projects for students of the mastercourse “Environmental Technology & International Affairs”.
Students get an introduction to:
Some of the main topics of the online survey conducted within the frame of the development of a Regional Framework Concept for Dunkelsteinerwald are: Satisfaction with communal services, important issues for the population, future challenges and knolwedge in the region. The results and recommendations for action were considered in the concept and are incorporated in the goals of future communal cooperations.
project website: link
project partner: im-plan-tat, Vienna
mecca supported the Government of Carinthia in the creation of the Regional Energy Concept for Upper Carinthia. The goal is to use spatial planning to lay the groundwork for addressing critical questions facing Carinthia’s energy future. This should provide the basis for energy security through increasing the energy independence of Carinthia while at the same time improving the value added aspect by focusing on regional power generation. As results are gathered, they are to be used to develop a detailed energy concept in cooperation with the municipalities and key stakeholders.
The LEADER Region Southern Lower Austria has decided to become a climate and energy model region. mecca provides support to the region, in cooperation with the Energy Park Bruck an der Leitha, in submitting a funding application to the Climate and Energy Fund’s program “Climate and Energy Model Regions”.
project partner: Energiepark Bruck
A regional energy concept with a strong focus on practical relevance was developed over a 6 month period through involving key stakeholders in the region.
To ensure that the solutions presented are practical and feasible, mecca engaged in intensive discussions with local authorities, plant operators, companies and producers in the region.
The LEADER Region Römerland Carnuntum has decided to become a climate and energy model region. mecca provided support to the region, in cooperation with the Energy Park Bruck an der Leitha, in submitting a funding application to the Climate and Energy Fund’s program “Climate and Energy Model Regions”.
In the course of the annual LEADER region evaluation mecca supported the LEADER management. An extensive questionnaire for different target groups led to interesting results for future LEADER work.
The development process for the municipalities of the micro region Dunkelsteinerwald includes a joint vision of the measures that need to be taken in order to achieve the following goals:
project partner: im-plan-tat
RECOM is a cooperation project between the organisations in each country (Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary) that have extensive experience in regional development through cross-border cooperative initiatives. The goal of the project is to increase the acceptance of cross-border activities through promoting awareness and intensifying participation in cooperative endeavours on both sides of the borders.
To support this effort, more bi- and multilateral workshops, excursions, and retreats will be coordinated with the following themes:
Countries: AT, SK, CZ, HU
The government of Lower Austria wants an early start to define their position within the future configuration of the EU Programme for European Territorial Cooperation (ETC). The findings will be incorporated into the intra-Austrian discourse and then discussed further and carried out at the state level. In the end, this should include agreement with the partner programmes in the neighbouring countries of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. mecca is consulting the Lower Austrian task group and producing a discussion paper on the future of the ETC in Lower Austria.
A regional energy concept for the LEADER region Niederösterreich-Süd was prepared by Energiepark Bruck. mecca’s contributions include drafting a range of maps for improving the quality of presentation of all data concerning the following topics: energy production, wind power, geothermal energy, forestal biomass, agrarian biomass, photovoltaics and solar energy. Additionally, mecca coached the client in terms of public relations and moderated workshops.
MOVE is a cross-border EU project within the framework of ETC (European Territorial Cooperation) SI-AT. mecca provided support to the participating regions in Austria and Slovenia by preparing a SWOT analysis concerning renewable energy and energy efficiency. This analysis is intended to be utilised as an overview for the 55 MOVE network partners on the potentials, opportunities, risks, and challenges in terms of renewable energy within these 8 regions.
project website: http://www.move.si
The main objective of this cross-border project is the establishment of a sustainable canoeing tourism industry, which brings an added value to the regional economy, while operating within the framework of ETC AT-HU. The river Leitha, located in the border region between Austria and Hungary, offers many opportunities for an excellent canoeing experience. The ‘Small Leitha’ area is especially well-suited for beginners. In order to establish canoeing as a viable tourist industry for the region, the needed infrastructure (marinas, signage, water-sports centre) has to be built or modernised and the waterway has to be cleared on a regular basis. Trough this type of sustainable water tourism, the regional added value can be increased and existing networks can be extended.
Lower Austria is partner in the INTERREG IVC Project „CATCH_MR – Cooperative Approaches to Transport Challenges within the Metropolitan Regions“. The project began in January 2010 and continued until 2013. The working language of this project was English. Seven Metropolitan Regions were participating: Berlin (acting as lead partner), Oslo, Gothenburg, Vienna, Budapest, Ljubljana and Rome. CATCH_MR surveyed sustainable transport solutions in cooperative approaches for cities and their suburban areas. mecca focused on the complete content research for the metropolitan region of Vienna – Lower Austria, as well as on online surveys investigating the theme of urban sprawl.
With an “ideas” travel guide we highlighted how to find the creative, business and cultural potential of CENTROPE. Diversity is the strength of the region that covers the intersection of 4 countries: Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
The travel guide “Rich in Ideas: CENTROPE” contains many exciting destinations. As a unique mixture between natural and urban flair in this highly diverse region. We guide you to exciting and unconventional destinations that we’ve divided into five categories for you: museums, initiatives, tourist projects, business and research. By putting these together, our goal is to introduce you to the unique vibrancy of the region. The guide introduces you to innovative and novel businesses that are producing additional value for the region. You should get a unique impression of CENTROPE; about the specialities and many outstanding ideas and exciting initiatives in that region.
In total, the travel guide highlights 88 destinations that are located all around CENTROPE.
The micro region Ebreichsdorf has decided to become a climate and energy model region. mecca provided support to the region, in cooperation with the Energy Park Bruck an der Leitha, in submitting a funding application to the Climate and Energy Fund’s program “Climate and Energy Model Regions” and assisted in developing the implementation concept, based on which a model region management is to be established on site.
The main challenges of this region are:
– Increase of energy efficiency
– Energy self-sufficience
– More mobility with less individual traffic
project partner: Energiepark Bruck, Regional Development Association for the Industrieviertel Region -Project Management (REVI PM)
According to the strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, an EU strategy for the Danube Region should be prepared by the end of 2010. Therefore, Austria is about to prepare a common statement including papers from the state goverments.
mecca supports Lower Austria in identifying relevant topics and preparing arguments for Lower Austria to take on a leadership role in coordinating further development of the Danube Region Strategy.
The bicycle rental system “nextbike” functions as a link between individual and public transportation. Nextbike offers everyone without access to their own bicycle the opportunity to travel short distances within the city quickly and comfortably. In addressing traffic issues, the combination of nextbike with public transit options is a sensible approach. The bicycles do not have to be brought back to the starting point but can be dropped at any bike station in the city. Rather than cost-intensive high tech solutions, nextbike offers a simple and affordable rent-a-bike system. nextbike has already installed a successful network of return stations in more than 20 cities in Austria, Germany and New Zealand. The feasibility study analysed the requirements for setting up a nextbike network in the city of Sopron.
The aim of the feasibility study is to point out, under which circumstances it is possible to establish this type of public bike sharing system in Sopron.
The state government of Carinthia wants to foster academic and extracurricular activities in environmental education. mecca prepared a feasibility study to analyse organisational and content-related aspects of these activities in order to stengthen cooperation and networking of all key stakeholders.
Project partner: LWK Civil Engineer GmbH, Austrian Ecology Institute, Vienna
Although mobility is one of the key issues that needs to be addressed in order to achieve national and international climate protection targets, it has been disregarded in a regional context. The project ClimateMOBIL analyses the ability of regions to manage mobility in terms of energy efficiency, as well as issues related to climate protection in rural areas. Action research or working in cooperation with existing structures and models in order to develop strategies for sustainable mobility management is the primary research method utilised in this project. mecca’s research partners are: Energy Park Bruck on the Leitha, Mobility Central Burgenland and the Upper Austria Transit Authority
The project result is a standardised requirements catalogue for a successful mobility management, which clearly contributes to environment protection and energy efficiency.
project partner: Vienna University of Technology (Institute of Transportation, Research Center of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering), Austrian Ecology Institute Vienna, Austrian Energy Agency
The exhibition “People in Centrope” was prepared by mecca in 2008 on behalf of the Planning Association East and the City of Vienna (MA 18). Placed within the City Hall of Bratislava, the exhibition provided comprehensive insight into the planning and development activities in the CENTROPE region.
With support from out partners, iService and ComPress we prepared a large and open exhibit that welcomed Rudolf Schicker (Vienna), Deputy Mayor of Bratislava; Dr. Tomáš Korček, Thomas Madreiter (Spatial Planning, Vienna) and Dr. Michal Babiar (Spatial Planning, Bratislava).
Countries: AT, SK
project partner: iService Medien & Werbeagentur
The core task of the cross-border project “Network for Labourmarket Cooperation in the Border Region HU-AT (NetLab)” is the establishment of a cross-border network of regional social partners and labour market related stakeholders and institutions in the border regions of Austria and Hungary (the Lower Austrian Industrieviertel, Burgenland, West Hungary). Know-how transfer, awareness raising and the preparation of common strategies regarding the following topics should be achieved: lack of qualified employees, comparability of qualifications, cross-border employment service, etc.
mecca took part in the organisation of the first network meeting.
mecca supported the LEADER management region Römerland Carnuntum in organising the exhibition “People in Centrope” in Bruck on the Leitha, which was originally presented in the Planning Workshop Vienna. In 2008, mecca and partners prepared the exhibition on behalf of the Planning Association East and the City of Vienna (MA 18), which provided comprehensive insight into the planning and development activities in the CENTROPE region.
With the ETC project EUREGIO city.net, the Weinviertel Management aims at fostering a border-crossing city network Weinviertel-South Moravia. The main objectives are an increased cooperation between the cities and regional centres as well as a coordination of future development in the fields of sustainable city development, social and generational affairs and culture and education.
The following cities are involved: Deutsch-Wagram, Gänserndorf, Groß-Enzersdorf, Marchegg, Strasshof an der Nordbahn, Hollabrunn, Retz, Zistersdorf, Korneuburg, Stockerau, Laa an der Thaya, Mistelbach, Poysdorf and Wolkersdorf (Weinviertel, AT); Břeclav, Hodonín, Hustopeče, Kyjov, Mikulov, Moravský Krumlov and Znojmo (South Moravia, CZ).
Publication (German/Czech): EUREGIO city.net
Based on the network of hiking trails in the micro region of Wolkersdorf, which was prepared by mecca in 2008, a google map was drafted as a flexible PR instrument. The map shows trails and additional information concerning attractions along these trails. Standard map features like zooming or the printing of sections are available.
A regional energy concept for the LEADER region Römerland Carnuntum was prepared by Energy Park Bruck an der Leitha. mecca’s contributions include drafting a range of maps for improving the quality of presentation of data concerning the following topics: energy production, wind power, geothermal energy, forestal biomass, agrarian biomass, photovoltaics and solar energy. Additionally, mecca coached the client in public relations activities and moderated workshops.
project website: http://www.energiepark.at/start.html
project partner: Bildungs- und Heimatwerk Niederösterreich (Adult Education Lower Austria)
20 years have passed since the fall of the iron curtain. Since then, cross-border cooperation has become an integral part of neighbouring regions in Europe. Innovative initiatives connect once separated regions. The EUREGIO Innovation Award 2009 is given by the regional management of Lower Austria and its partners to innovative, cross-border projects working on the “European Neighbourhood”. mecca provides support for the preparation and implementation of the event.
Countries: AT, SK, CZ, HU
Project Website: www.euregioforum.at/innopreis01.html
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The project aims at developing tools for measuring the energy efficiency of existing and planned settlements, including the type of building development, location-dependent traffic relations and energy supply. Based on these findings, spatial planning instruments are assessed concerning their effects on energy efficiency and recommendations for measures are being made.
Project Website: http://www.energieeffizientesiedlung.at
project partner: Austrian Institute for Regional Studies (ÖIR) and Spatial Planning, pos Architects
The Lower Austrian Spatial Planning Act (NÖ ROG) regulates procedures and thematic issues for spatial planning on a local and regional scale. It has been amended several times since it came into force in 1976 in order to meet the ongoing changes in spatial needs. Even nowadays Lower Austria has to react to this process of change. This evaluation identifies issues with high need for action from a supra-regional perspective and gives recommendations for a revised Spatial Planning Act.
project partner: Bildungs- und Heimatwerk Niederösterreich (Adult Education Lower Austria)
Project website: www.leader-noe-sued.at/
project partner: Bildungs- und Heimatwerk Niederösterreich (Adult Education Lower Austria)
project partner: Bildungs- und Heimatwerk Niederösterreich (Adult Education Lower Austria)
The touring exibition “European Region – People in Centrope” presents the economic, ecological and social development of the European cross-border region Centrope, which covers parts of Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. A in-depth document detailing more that 50 different topics related to the Planning Association East was produced for the event. The project received an award of excellence from the UNESCO-Commission for it’s contributions to the UN “Decades Project”.
In 2008 the EUREGIO Innovation Award was offered for the seventh time by the regional management of Lower Austria and its partners (Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) for innovative, cross-border projects under the slogan “Ready for Projects – Start of new cooperations”. mecca supported the preparation and implementation of the event.
Countries: AT, SK, CZ, HU
The ETC programme Slovakia-Austria 2007-2013 defines the availability of information for potential project partners as a major issue. Therefore the German translation of the English Implementation Manual provides detailed information on the programme and the submission of applications for Austrian project partners.
In the micro region of Wolkersdorf (nine municipalities) single hiking paths already existed. The ‘Hiking Path Network Wolkerdorf’ completes a network of trails totaling 90km in length and including both circular and inter-connected routes. After careful and detailed research, all the distances, attractions and accompanying signage were also prepared by mecca. Funding aspects, the central theme, as well as possible additional outputs (hiking maps, information boards for municipalities) were discussed in several workshops.
As a part of a pan-regional effort to develop a master plan for urban development, mecca drafted a set of planning atlases for the city of Santana in the Romanian Banat region. The atlases display Santana’s current situation based on large scale measures of European standards at both a local and a regional level. It also displays the current and future opportunities for Santana’s development. The collection was prepared in English and Romanian.
As part of the preliminary proceedings of the environmental impact assessment S3 Weinviertler Schnellstraße Hollabrunn Süd – Guntersdorf an expert assessment was provided on the topics of landscape, leisure and recreation as well as people, communities and businesses.
Module 3 of the new ‘Settlement Development Concept “East”‘ provide innovative strategies for overcoming unwanted spatial phenomena such as urban sprawl and the practice of land banking. mecca developed new tools for spatial planning in cooperation with key stakeholders as existing tools proved to be ineffective in managing the contemporary issues. Therefore, mecca developed a new set of tools capable of being adapted to the differentiation in strategy, resource management and policy demands of the various regions.
The focus lays on:
– Land policy
– Regional master planning
– Cooperation in sectorial planning using the example of energy
The roadshow offers information on available funds for SME within Burgenland with the focus being on the Phasing Out-Programme (objective 1 follow-up). In four events (opinion leaders, tourism, enterprises & innovation) the different funding agencies were presented and discussions were moderated to help clarify the remaining issues. Target groups of the project were: regional small and medium sized enterprises, banks, tax consultants, politicians and the press.
project partner: ÖAR Regional Consulting
The national parks Thayatal and Podyji neighbour each other along the border between Austria and the Czech Republic. The parks are working to harmonise their management of natural resources within the joint project framework of the ‘European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) Austria – Czech Republic’. The aims of this project are coordinated research to safeguard the future development of the area, the preservation of biodiversity and the improvement of habitats.
REGIO Energy analyses feasible potentials of renewable energy in all administrative districts in Austria for 2012 and 2020. Before the project began, the technical and reduced technical potential for renewable energy was documented and analysed. The effects of bureaucratic requirements and spatial planning on these potentials play a major role in the projects.
Politicians, regional stakeholders and inhabitants of the Weinviertel Ost Region were prepared for the LEADER period of 2007-2013. In addition to fulfilling all of the formal criteria for applying as a LEADER region, this project prepared the local development strategy, created a common regional perspective and developed projects identified as being central to the success of the upcoming programme period.
project partner: DI Richard Resch
Politicians, regional stakeholders and inhabitants of the Lafnitztal Region were prepared for the LEADER period of 2007-2013. In addition to fulfilling the formal criteria for applying as a LEADER region, this project prepared the local development strategy, created a common regional perspective and developed projects identified as being central to the success of the upcoming programme period.
project partner: Projektberatung Schlögl
Politicians, regional stakeholders and inhabitants of the Auland Carnuntum Region were prepared for the LEADER period of 2007-2013. In addition to fulfilling all of the formal criteria for applying as a LEADER region, this project prepared the local development strategy, created a common regional perspective and developed projects identified as being central to the success of the upcoming programme period.
Politicians, regional stakeholders and inhabitants of the Marchfeld Region were prepared for the LEADER period 2007-2013. In addition to fulfilling the formal criteria for applying as a LEADER region, this project prepared the local development strategy, created a common regional perspective and developed projects identified as being central to the success of the upcoming programme period.
Potential project holders and key stakeholders from Austria and Hungary were brought together in workshops in order to develop their theoretical knowledge of ETC programmes as well as provide practical tips about the Lead Partner Principle and develop ETC programmes. By using workshops, mecca creates an environment where potential partners from the border regions begin to build the necessary networks. The goal of the project is to bring potential partners together in the ETC programme through establishing a common knowledge base.
Countries: AT, HU
project partner: West Pannon Regional Development Agency
The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) is a new legal instrument at the service of cooperation between European regions and EU member states. It is directly applicable to all 27 EU member states and aims at creating so-called EGTCs, which are legal entities. An EGTC can organise and manage cross-border-, transnational- or interregional cooperation measures.
The handbook provides basic information on the EGTC with focus on the specific case of programme/project management for interested regions and institutions.
For the first time, the energy potential from renewable sources such as biomass, wind power and geothermics has been measured in Eastern Austria. Utlitising GIS modelling software, the energy potential from areas as small as municipalities and micro regions has been graphically displayed. This tool will act as an important asset for regions developing their future energy policies. This project was successfully developed by engaging in focused and regular communication with all key stakeholders.
The Programme Complement (PC) is the principal programme guidance for the Operational Programme of ETC. It describes operative details and gives detailed information on programme management and implementation. The PC reflects the three strategic priorities of the operational programme as well as the three horizontal guiding principles for implementation: sustainable development, equal opportunities and cross-border partnership.
The bilingual handbook was drafted mainly for applicants and project partners. Additional information on handling standard tasks efficiently was presented to relevant authorities. Usability, clarity and completeness were emphasised during the work process.
The regional economy of the Austrian-Hungarian border region is traditionally small-scaled due to administrative borders and topography. To stay competitive in the European context, the local SME’s need to cooperate intensively and build up their cross-border networks. Thereby, common strategies can be developed to increase innovation and create added value for the entire region.
Countries: AT, HU
Project Website: http://www.regionet-aktiv.eu
Project partner: IBS – Schlögl Engineering Consultants, Institute of Systemic Development GmbH, West Pannon Regional Development Agency
Politicians, regional stakeholders and inhabitants of the Triestingtal Region were prepared for the LEADER period of 2007-2013. In addition to fulfilling all of the formal criteria for applying as a LEADER region, this project prepared the local development strategy, created a common regional perspective and developed projects identified as being central to the success of the upcoming programme period.
The EUREGIO forum brought Lower Austria together with its neighbours based on their common interest in cross-border programmes to promote sustainability. In light of the establishment of the “Lead Partner Principle” and in combination with the new programme planning period, the partners are facing many new challenges. It is therefore especially important to establish a common structure for cross-border cooperation between regional institutions and to ensure that the network that is established is capable of taking on (and overcoming) these new challenges in every facet of the program.
Countries: AT, SK, HU
Project Website: http://www.euregioforum.at/innopreis01.html
project partner: West Pannon Regional Development Agency, Regional Development Association Central Lower Austria, Regional Management of Burgenland
The growing energy demand and increasing prices of conventional energy sources promise a great growth potential of renewable energy in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The expansion of the academic course on Renewable Energy in the CEE creates great opportunities for an internationalisation of the course contents and its participants.
Countries: AT, SK, HU
Project Website: newenergy.tuwien.ac.at/home/
Cross-border cooperation is more important than ever: European competition between regions, EU funds, the disappearance of borders for international markets as well as population concentration in metropolitan areas all contribute to the urgency of establishing strong regional relations. The INTERREG IIIA Project Citynet supports cross-border cooperation of municipalities and cities in the Austrian-Hungarian border Region.
Project partner: Lower Austrian Villages and Cities Renewal Agency, City of Baden, City of Köszeg, City of Sopron, Stadtland – Engineering Office for Spatial Planning, Regional Development, Landscape Planning and Landscape Conservation, Wiener Neustadt
Countries: AT, HU
The municipality of Suhareka, Kosovo decided to revitalise its policy framework for development and growth. Therefore, a new Municipal Development Plan was drafted in parallel with the Urban Development Plan based on GIS for the first time. Additionally the administrative staff was trained to work with the data in the future.
Download: Suhareka Environment for the future.
project partner: Research Unit for Regional Planning and Regional Development (Institute of Spatial Planning, Vienna University of Technology), im-plan-tat, studio urban+, City of Pristina
Based on activities like the academic course on renewable energy in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the already existing local networks, the region of Bruck an der Leitha is to be established as a centre for sustainable energy systems with its primary focus on the CEE region. The project consisted of 3 essential components:
project partner: Energy Centre Bratislava, Municipality Bruck an der Leitha, University of Mosonmagyarovar (HU)
The new Development Plan of Burgenland includes three elements:
project partner: Regionalconsult
The handbook for project holders was developed as part of the INTERACT project IQ-Train. It provides basic and practical information on requirements, procedures and relevant institutions of the programmes during the 2007-2013 periode for potential project holders in all languages of the six border regions. The project aims to be an easy-to-read practical overview of the programme requirements that is accessible online.
Academic course at the University of Klagenfurt regarding the following questions: How does the idea of establishing a protected area (PA) develop? How can it be promoted effectively?
Project website: http://mpa.e-c-o.at
The project Együtt was implemented by a network of partners from Lower Austria and Hungary in the framework of INTERREG IIIA. It aimed at establishing cooperation between small- and medium-sized companies from both sides of the border. mecca evaluated whether the project objectives have been achieved and which of the used instruments could be basis for further cooperation in the programme periode of 2007-2013.
Facing progressive structural changes in agriculture and forestry, peripheral regions are being forced into taking radical steps to protect their economic survival. As a result a Europe-wide movement has begun to move rural regions towards a sustainable economic model. Innovations in sustainable programs within the areas of tourism, energy and resource saving are being watched with anticipation. Students of architecture, spatial planning and civil engineering at the TU Vienna were the main target group of this course.
project partner: Research Unit for Regional Planning and Regional Development (Institute of Spatial Planning, Vienna University of Technology)
The seminar acts as platform for international experts in spatial and environmental planning to clarify and analyse the space and environment politics within their countires. Covered issues so far: Spatial and Environmental Planning in CEE (2009) | Ready, Steady, Go – Strategies how to integrate into European spatial development policies (2007) | „Ideal European regions“ versus „Real European regions“ (2005) | Myths of Metropolis – Urban Density versus Spatial Spreading. The Processes of Concentration in European „Reform Countries“ revisited (2003) | National Spatial Planning in regard to European spatial Development (2002) | National Parks: Treasure or Burden for Regional Development (2000) | Urban Development: „Different problems – Different approaches?“ (1999) | Regional Development Policies (1998)
Project Website: region.tuwien.ac.at/aktuell.html