HIstorical CAstle ParkS (HICAPS)
HIstorical CAstle ParkS (HICAPS) is an international project aimed at
strengthening the capacities of the public and private sectors for the use of
cultural heritage and resources achieved through transnational cooperation
between partner countries. The project is directed towards developing the
common guidelines and tools for supporting consensus building process among
public and private sector on improving the quality and effectiveness in process
of evaluation and use of cultural heritage as resource for local/regional
development and to raise awareness amongst schools and citizens about our
historical past, reflecting through historical parks.
during the project, an international strategy for assessing cultural heritage
and the potential of historic parks will be developed, focusing on the
technical, organizational and financial aspects of managing cultural areas.
aim is therefore to improve benefits for the citizens and for the public
administrations involved, in a way to empower local and regional authorities
with efficient planning and investment tools, while partner organizations will
develop and adopt specific local action plans for further development and
revitalization of historic heritage.
is strongly based on a joint implementation and management strategy and is of
great added interest to the broader public because it concerns directly
millions of inhabitants in all Central Europe. The diversity of the partners’
experience will provide a transnational added value supporting a wide diffusion
of the project results in many other Central Europe Regions.
official start of the project was on 01.06.2017 and will last until the end of
May 2020. Lead Project Partner is Municipality of Velenje, followed by a
consortium of additional 9 project partners from 4 EU countries (Slovenia,
Italy, Croatia and Poland).
HICAPS project is financed by the European Union funding programme Interreg
CENTRAL EUROPE. The total
project budget is 1.798.274,20 EUR. Municipality of Velenje will manage the
amount of 333.775 EUR, from which 85% are co-financed by the EU and 15% by the
Municipality of Velenje.
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Additional information about the Program
The Interreg Program was launched in 1990
as a cornerstone of the EU Cohesion Policy. The Program provides a framework
for the implementation of collective actions and policy exchanges between
actors in different Member States. In the past years, the Interreg has evolved
and expanded, especially its budget and focus, and currently, comprehends three
different types of programs: cross-border, transnational and interregional. For
the programing period, 2014-2020, a total budget of 10.1 billion € is foreseen
and the investment priorities range from research and innovation,
information and communication technologies, competitiveness of SMEs, to
low-carbon economy, combating climate change, environment and resource
efficiency, sustainable transport, employment and mobility, social inclusion,
education and training and better public administration.
The Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE has an
available budget of 246 million € and it is part of the Interreg Transnational
Cooperation Program with a total budget 2.1 billion €. Its geographical scope
comprehends Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland,
Slovakia and Slovenia. The Program’s funding priorities are innovation to
increase competitiveness, low carbon strategies, natural and cultural resources
for sustainable growth and transport for better connection.