Rationale of the project
Within the frame of the PHARE, the CBC programme supporting the development projects along the Hungarian-Slovak border was launched in 1999. To sum-up the good experiences of the past 12 years can be particularly important now, when the framing conditions have changed radically. The accession to the Schengen area, the ratification of the EGTC Regulation by both countries, as well as the fact that the territorial co-operation has become the 3rd priority of the European Cohesion Policy, created a new situation for which the actors of the border region were not prepared. It is obvious that the changed circumstances demand from the potential partners new development methodologies, a higher level of the institutional co-operation and innovation in project development.
However, since 1999 through the realisation of cross-border projects many experiences have accumulated that may be useful in the current and the next programming period, too. The introduction of best practices and models of successful project development and realisation can be a significant help for the stakeholders involved in cross-border cooperation. A tool for sharing information, for exchanging experiences might be useful for every small region and city situating in the border area.
It can be said in general that a regular informational forum would be necessary for every border region. The success of the Leader programme is largely ensured by the sufficient information background which enables the wide range dissemination of innovative, exemplary initiatives to be followed or adapted. In the case of the cross-border programs this source of information has been lacking so far.
Thus, creation of such a tool makes these regions more attractive and it strengthens their competetiveness. At the same time it might help in decreasing the disadvantageous effects of the borders.
The main objectives of the project
- to create permanent information sources aiming at supporting professionally the cross-border cooperation
- to share the experiences of best practices among the local stakeholders in the border area
- to start to develop a database for professionals
- to strengthen the regular internal cooperation crossing the border.
Main activities of the project
Our project contains 3 main groups of activities
a) Research and planning
Creation and sharing of a data collecting sheet; analysis of the programme evaluation documents from the past; making interviews. Elaboration of project design (incl. manual), scenarios of the film and the information system plan of the portal.
b) Development of information tools
1. Best practice portal
Bilingual portal will be the tool of exchange of information. It will contain a database on therealisedcross-border projects, the on-line version of the printed magazine, a press observer, database of experts, studies and the films to be made. The portal will be suitable to send news letters and to open forums; and available from the official web sites of both partners. Within the framework of the project we prepare 3 documentary films showing 10-12 good examples. The films of 40 minutes will be available through the portal.
2. Frontier-value magazine
Similarly to the LEADER programme we will create a printed forum for the knowledge beneficial for the local stakeholders. The planned magazine should show best practices not only from the Hungarian-Slovak border area but from Western or Northern Europe as well. The magazine will be published on two languages with 52 pages, in 1000 copies in A/4 format. The magazine will be delivered by post and free to the local stakeholders.
The planned portal, the magazine and the films will information tools and instruments of dissemination at the same time. In addition to this we organise 2 project events for the public: the launching and the closing conference. 500 copies of the films will be made for other audience.
CESCI was formed with the aim at providing professional support for the institutional and project development plans of cross-border cooperation amongst the changed conditions resulting from the expansion of the European Union, the elimination of internal borders and the EGTC Regulation.
The main objectives of CESCI:
- providing professional support for cross-border cooperation along the Hungarian borders and in Central and South-eastern Europe
- incorporating the Euroregions, the EGTCs and the local and regional authorities participating in the cross-border cooperation into a network
- promoting good examples from Western European initiatives
- establishing strategic cooperation with the competent decision making and decision preparing institutes of the European Union
- strengthening the internal cohesion and mutual rapprochement within the region by establishing partnerships between the nations.
The CESCI unifies as members 10 Hungarian counties, 7 municipalities, 1 euroregion and 4 professional organisations (incl. the Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière).
Founded in 1996 by the Katedra Foundation and the Fórum Foundation in Dunajská Streda, at present, the Forum Minority Research Institute is located in Šamorín. Its primary objective is to carry out complex studies on the situation and culture of the national minorities in Slovakia, as well as document their written and even more extensive heritage.
As a non-profit organization, the Institute operates as public and service institute.
In 1999, two other partner institutes were founded. The Forum Information Centre provides civil training and civil service while the Forum Regional Development Centre is engaged with rural development and small area planning. Together with the Forum Minority Research Institute these three organizations form a consortium, the Forum Institute.
The Institute is the member of the South Slovakian Civic Information Network.