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Hungarian-Ukrainian partnership for border area development

  • Close to 40 joint projects by local entities on both sides of the Hungarian-Ukrainian border are supported under a cross-border fund financed by the EEA and Norway Grants.

    The fund's objective is to promote sustainable development in the border region by strengthening local and regional authorities' capability to carry out cooperation projects in the area.

    To achieve this, the fund has financed projects within a variety of fields, all with the purpose of furthering economic development, development of human resources, protection of the environment and improving local infrastructure. The supported small-scale projects involve the local population in cross-border activities.

    Of the 39 supported projects, several concern environmental protection and cross-border initiatives in the fields of healthcare and sustainable tourism.
    Among the supported projects is an initiative of the twin communities of Tarpa in Eastern Hungary and Mezővári in Ukraine. Mezővári and Tarpa have had long-standing close relations going back several hundred years. The support from the fund has enabled the local government of Tarpa to enhance the historical, cultural, musical and sporting cooperation with its Ukrainian counterpart.

    As part of the project, 4 traditional tourism festivals will take place, working to preserve the local customs and to keep the memory of historical events and traditions alive. The project also includes creative camps for children and the dissemination of publicity materials highlighting the history and sights of the community.


  • Country:


    Project title:

    9th Focus areas: Development of cross-border co-operation at the Hungarian-Ukrainian border

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Regional policy and cross-border activities


    € 2,000,000



    Type & project assistance:

    Block Grant - Cross Border Fund

    Project promoter:

    VATI Hungarian Public Nonprofit Company for Regional Development and Town Planning

    Type of institution:

    National authority

    Project website:

    Project duration:

    36 months

    Project cost:

    € 2,355,797

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    EEA Grants and Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    16 January 2008

    The purpose of the Fund is to promote cross-border sustainable economic, social and environmental development projects, with the overall objective of increasing cross-border cooperation in the Hungarian-Ukrainian border region. Reference is made to the application dated 6 November 2006 as well as to the additional information provided by the applicant on 15 March, 8 and 14 May 2007.

    The completed Fund shall include the following activities and results:

    - provision of approximately 30 grants to end recipients,

    - management costs.

    The Intermediary is VATI, Hungarian Public Non-profit Company for Regional Development and Town Planning.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that at least 15 percent of the total eligible costs is provided from the Hungarian central government budget.