SLO-HR-RA was a project within the framework of the European Commission's INTERREG IIIA Neighbourhood Programme Slovenia-Hungary-Croatia 2004-2006. The project was aimed at the strengthening of cross-border cooperation and a balanced development of the trilateral border areas. In addition to the Istrian Development Agency (IDA) Ltd., three Slovenian and two Croatian development agencies participated in the project. Project leaders were the Notranjsko-Kraška Regional Development Agency and PORIN Ltd. from Rijeka.

The task of the SLO-HR-RA project was, first and foremost, the development of human resources of employees in economic institutions and of students through the creation of the conditions necessary for interregional cooperation between Slovenia and Croatia.

The goals of the project were:

  • to establish a system for the education of employees of economic institutions and students,
  • to further the cooperation of economic institutions in the trilateral border areas,
  • to set up a scholarship scheme.

Within the framework of the project three workgroups were formed that focused on the creation of joint Croatian-Slovenian projects relevant for the development of all included counties and regions. The workgroups were made up of representatives of support and development institutions from Croatia and Slovenia. Their fields of operation included economic development, tourism, human resources development, environmental protection, culture and development of infrastructure in the border areas. The workgroup activities were aimed to strengthen the Croatian-Slovenian economic cooperation.

Expected results of the project:

  • establishing of an organizational structure for joint project planning and preparation,
  • trained staff for the preparation of common projects,
  • project proposals prepared for the application for European funds,
  • prepared proposals for the setting up of scholarship schemes in the regions of Istria, Primorsko-Goranska and Karlovačka as well as in the Obalno-Kraška region.

The project was co-funded by the European Union. The project results were presented to the public in November 2006.