Pannon EGTC

Serious progress in the Croatian-Hungarian joint development strategy for 2021-27

The Pannon European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation has been participating in the creation of the Croatian-Hungarian joint development strategy for 2021-27 for more than a year and a half as the lead beneficiary of a winning Interreg program. The analysis of the current situation and the examination of the experiences of the two Hungarian-Croatian Interreg program periods have already been completed earlier, the latter period revolved around 5 priority areas to be addressed in the Program.

Within the framework of strategic planning, the subject areas suggested by the experts were approved by both the Hungarian and Croatian relevant ministries. This is a major step forward and a final decision is expected at programming committee level later this month. The thematic areas are especially important because the programming continues only in relation to them, and the future calls for proposals can only appear in these topics.

In the framework of the winning priority project, on the basis of which the winner also participates in the planning of the strategy, the Pannon EGTC also undertook to develop 5 priority project proposals so that their implementation could start at the beginning of the programming period. Complex project proposals include a tender to create a joint Geopark and a project to help small and medium-sized businesses, but one of the most promising is the project related to the Amazon of Europe (AoE) Bike Trail.

The Amazon of Europe (AoE) Bike Trail is a transnational long-distance bike ride to five countries (Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Serbia) that is more than a simple infrastructure investment, as it offers a unique cycling holiday opportunity for families, seniors and young people looking to go hiking. The cycle path, which offers more complex services than average, runs along the Mura, the Drava and the Danube and is divided into two sections: the 550-kilometer long route and the 700-kilometer southern route. From both, you can easily reach the nearby tourist attractions, recreation opportunities and easily explore the uniquely beautiful riverside landscapes and areas. For the sake of those who want to go on a trip, both routes are divided into additional sections, so it is easier to discover and explore the tourist-significant sights. The Northern Route is divided into 11 sections and the Southern Route into 16 sections. In both cases, the starting point is in Mureck, Austria, and the end point is Mohács. The planned project would further develop the existing route by building tourist infrastructure in 7 counties on the Croatian-Hungarian border.

The project, which also provides programming, has developed a communication platform ( that allows project ideas to be collected, various events to be displayed, managed, conducted, online questionnaires to be surveyed, a database to be built and also for the management of communication activities.

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