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Call key data

Call Interreg HU-SK

Funding Program

Interreg Hungary-Slovakia

Call number




15.08.2023 16:00

Funding rate


Call budget

€ 50,253,042.00

Estimated EU contribution per project

min. € 200,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

The programme Interreg V-A Slovakia-Hungary aims at the joint protection, development and touristic utilization of the border regions' common natural and cultural heritage. This call is aimed at SO 1.2: Protection and preservation of nature, biodiversity and green infrastructure and SO 2.4: Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism in economic development.

Call objectives

The following priorities and specific objectives have been developed within the programme:

P1: Green cooperations

  • SO 1.2: Protection and preservation of nature, biodiversity and green infrastructure
    • Measure 1.2.1/A): Nature conservation and preservation
    • Measure 1.2.1/B): Biodiversity
    • Measure 1.2.1/C): Green infrastructure
    • Measure 1.2.2/A): Flood risk and water management
    • Measure 1.2.2/B): Disaster risk management

P2: Social cooperations

  • SO 2.4: Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism in economic development

Expected results

SO 1.2: Protection and preservation of nature, biodiversity and green infrastructure

  • Protection and preservation of the natural capital
    • Measure 1.2.1/A): Nature conservation and preservation. The measure supports the following cross-border initiatives (non-exhaustive list):
      • protect and restore natural wetlands, grasslands and shrubs; 
      • ensure biodiversity-friendly afforestation, reforestation, tree planting and revegetation; 
      • support nature-friendly forest and grassland management and preservation of traditional landscape; 
      • promote agroforestry and measures that prevent soil degradation and preserve soil functions; 
      • involve local communities through awareness-raising campaigns.
    • Measure 1.2.1/B): Biodiversity. The measure supports the following cross-border initiatives (non-exhaustive list):
      • promote the conservation and reintroduction of native, climate resilient species and habitats; 
      • support the conservation and protection of genetic resources of forest tree species; 
      • promote the cultivation and breeding of native plant and animal species as well as new and innovative forms (e.g. agroforestry); 
      • ensure the protection of habitats and breeding sites of endangered species;
      • detect, control and eradicate invasive species;
      • support biodiversity enhancement in agricultural areas;
      • identify, monitor and revitalize migration corridors for wildlife; 
      • revitalise habitats and preventing habitat fragmentation; 
      • engage local communities through education campaigns; 
      • raise environmental awareness towards habitats and biodiversity, and
      • expand the network of institutions with such educational activities in the natural environment.
    • Measure 1.2.1/C): Green infrastructure. The measure supports the following cross-border initiatives (non-exhaustive list):
      • increase the surface of green areas reconnecting the urban, peri urban and rural areas and support the settlements’ ventilation processes, promote green corridors, prevent fragmentation of cities, improve ecosystem functions and their services and enhance the surface of biologically active areas in cities; 
      • increase resilience to climate change and measures to reduce emissions, including revitalisation and creation of green areas and improved water management such as water retention; 
      • capture and manage rainwater on the site, which promote a network of natural and semi-natural solutions increasing water retention; 
      • reduce the impact of the urban heat island effect and improve the microclimate in settlements by expanding green areas which contribute to lower temperatures and reduced energy consumption in buildings, e.g., by using collected rainwater to irrigate green roofs and walls; 
      • involve local communities through education and awareness-raising campaigns.
  • Joint risk management
    • Measure 1.2.2/A): Flood risk and water management. The measure supports the following cross-border initiatives (non-exhaustive list):
      • strengthening institutional cooperation between competent authorities; 
      • improving flood protection infrastructure; 
      • developing of early warning and forecasting systems; 
      • improving water resource management related to flood protection; 
      • supporting the restoration of natural floodplains of rivers in order to retain water and mitigate the effects of floods;
      • supporting the restoration of small watercourses; 
      • monitoring and analysis of water quality on surface waters; 
      • removing harmful and persistent substances from surface waters; 
      • assessing the touristic potential of water bodies; 
      • involving local communities through awareness-raising campaigns
    • Measure 1.2.2/B): Disaster risk management. The measure supports the following cross-border initiatives (non-exhaustive list): 
      • strengthening cross-border cooperation between competent authorities; 
      • addressing extreme weather conditions that pose a serious hydrological threat (e.g. extremely destructive storms, flash floods, hail, drought with drinking water shortages);
      • monitoring and analysis of relevant micropollutants and contaminants in drinking water (e.g. pesticides, pharmaceuticals and their metabolites, industrial pollution); 
      • improving the infrastructural background for the provision of water for human consumption (e.g. abstraction, treatment, storage and distribution infrastructure, drinking water supply); 
      • increasing the effective management of forest and vegetation fires caused by extreme weather conditions; 
      • improving infrastructure to prevent or eliminate risks from natural and man-made hazards; 
      • increasing public awareness, preparedness and participation.

SO 2.4: Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism in economic development. 

  • Preservation of local heritage. The measure supports the following cross-border initiatives: 
    • preservation, restoration and renovation of local heritage; 
    • introduce innovative solutions for the interpretation and use of heritage sites (e.g. historical buildings, engineering works, places and spaces, artefacts of industrial heritage, statues, monuments, memorials and graves, archaeological sites and historic parks, gardens and other designed landscapes) and their intangible aspects;
    • ensuring the sustainable use of local heritage sites for tourism, cultural, community-building or other public or mixed (public and private) purposes

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

Hungary (Magyarország), Slovakia (Slovensko)

eligible entities

Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Mandatory partnership


Project Partnership

The minimum requirement for a project partnership is to have at least one Slovak and one Hungarian partner. The maximum number of Beneficiaries within the partnership is not limited.

In order to be eligible, projects must contribute to at least three out of the following four cooperation criteria. 

  • Joint development (compulsory) 
  • Joint implementation (compulsory) 
  • Joint financing 
  • Joint staffing

other eligibility criteria

The programming region on the Slovak side covers the following 5 NUTS3 regions:

  • SK010 - Bratislava region
  • SK021 - Trnava region
  • SK023 - Nitra region
  • SK032 - Banská Bystrica region
  • SK042 - Košice region

The programming region on the Hungarian side includes the following 8 NUTS3 regions:

  • HU110 - Budapest
  • HU120 - Pest county
  • HU212 - Komárom-Esztergom county
  • HU221 - Győr-Moson-Sopron county
  • HU311 - Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county
  • HU312 - Heves county
  • HU313 - Nógrád county
  • HU323 - Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county

Additional information


Administration & Governance, Institutional Capacity & Cooperation, 
Agriculture & Forestry, Fishery, Food, Soil quality, 
Air Quality, Biodiversity & Environment, Climate & Climate Change, Water quality & management, 
Arts & Culture, Cultural Heritage, Tourism, 
Circular Economy, Natural Resources, 
Disaster Prevention, Resilience, Risk Management

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

30 months

Additional Information

The indicative project size helps applicants to adapt their project size to the financial framework of the programme. Projects with the total budget less than 200.000 € cannot be supported. The maximum budget of the project is not limited: 

  • Protection and preservation of the natural capital: € 300,000.00- € 1,500,000.00
  • Joint risk management: € 300,000.00- € 1,500,000.00 
  • Preservation of local heritage: € 500,000.00- € 2,500,000.00

The application form must be submitted in English language, online via the application module of the Interreg+ monitoring system. Applicants can access the Interreg+ monitoring system from 15/06/2023. Until that time applicants can use the 'Draft application form' in Excel format to develop their project part and share with their partners. 


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