Lower Austrian Cross Border Initiative “Healthacross”

The initiative “Healthacross” combines all international and cross-border health activities of Lower Austria under one roof. By initiating and participating in innovative projects and international cooperation, Lower Austria is positioning itself as a health region in Europe.

Lower Austria plays a pioneering role in cross-border cooperation in the health sector. It is the only federal province in Austria with a recognisable long-term strategy for health in the European border region. At the same time, it is the first federal province in Austria which was selected by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a health model region in 2016.

In recent years several joint activities with the neighboring Czech Republic and Slovakia have been implemented and co-financed by ERDF funds within the framework of INTERREG e.g. cooperation between the emergency services and  hospitals in the fields cross-border patient care, radiotherapy at the AT-CZ and neonatology at the AT-SK border, implementation of a cross-border health center on the border Gmünd/ České Velenice. In the meantime, the establishment of a cooperation with Hungarian emergency services and hospitals has started.

Lead Partner: Health and Social Fund of Lower Austria (NÖGUS)

Project video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpHd-G2PrKQ

Field of action: Health

Geographical coverage: Lower Austria

Link to the website: https://www.healthacross.at/en/projects


About Lower Austria 

Lower Austria is located in the north-eastern part of Austria. It is the largest federal state of Austria by its surface and the second-largest by its population with 1.67 million inhabitants.

Lower Austria has an eventful history and an exceedingly rich cultural heritage. The palette ranged from small and old, like the Venus from Willendorf, to big and modern, like the Landhausviertel and the cultural district in St. Pölten, the newest capital city in Europe.

Challenges related to economic dynamism, infrastructure, a growing population and Vienna’s proximity are important, as are those from being neighbours to the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Cohesion policy drives development in Lower Austria

Since Lower Austrias EU-accession in 1995 its economic growth has increased twice and over 11 billion Euro from different EU-Funds were invested in the country. In the past 25 years Lower Austria has changed from an agricultural country to a leading economic performer among the regions in Europe and was able to benefit more than average from EU regional funding.

Cohesion Funds allow Lower Austria to deal with many of challenges and implement numerous projects in spatial development, environmental protection and conservation, research, development and new technologies. The region’s economy also benefits from Cohesion Policy support for business modernisation and new business sites. The resulting economic development has improved employment in Lower Austria.

Regional investments in cross-border projects with Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary allow Lower Austria to convey the idea of a common Europe to citizens.

Find out more:  http://www.noe.gv.at/

Dürnstein, Lower Austria - Photocredits: NLK

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