In order to achieve the Programme’s long-term goal, five priority axes have been identified within which a number of investment priorities with specific intervention fields have been recognized as tools for the strategic development of the region:

Priority Axis (PA) Investment Priority
Priority Axis 1 - Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs 3c- Supporting the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for product and service development
Priority Axis 2 – Sustainable Use of Natural and Cultural Assets 6c- Conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage
6d- Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure
Priority Axis 3 – Cooperation: Enhancing Institutional Capacity and an Efficient Public Administration 11- Enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration by promoting legal and administrative cooperation and cooperation between citizens and institutions
Priority Axis 4 – Education: Investing in Education, Training, including Vocational Training for Skills and Lifelong learning by Developing Education and Training Infrastructure 10- Investing in skills, education and lifelong learning by developing and implementing joint education, vocational training and training schemes
Priority Axis 5 – Technical Assistance N.R.

Priority Axis 1 - Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs

Investment Priority - Supporting the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for product and service development
Investment priority focuses on fostering value added producing capability of enterprises operating in industry and services by boosting their product and service development activities through joint economic development actions which could generate higher GVA and consequently makes it possible to find new markets.

Priority Axis 2 – Sustainable Use of Natural and Cultural Assets

Investment Priority - Conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage
Investment Priority - Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure

The region has a rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage, including a high proportion of protected areas. The potential of this heritage to generate economic growth in the border area will be better exploited by the conservation, protection and development process. Investments will mostly result in assets developed to become attractions but in justified cases the endangered elements of the built heritage will be conserved for future use. It’s expected that these attractions – developed and their accessibility improved – will generate more intense appearance of visitors in the region, contributing to increase of incomes and the stabilization of revenues of people who deliver services to them.
Besides, developed and upgraded infrastructural investments focused on upgrading the accessibility and providing better access to existing and potential tourists sites for the purpose of common utilization of cultural and natural heritage assets (including small scale access roads, establishing ferry connections and similar) are envisaged under this priority axis.
Substantial size of nature-protected territories of both Croatia and Hungary will be given back to proper usage by the eradication of remained minefields in Croatian part and the clear up of Hungarian territories contaminated with other types of unexploited ordnance.

Priority Axis 3 – Cooperation: Enhancing Institutional Capacity and an Efficient Public Administration

Investment Priority - Enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration by promoting legal and administrative cooperation and cooperation between citizens and institutions
Cross-border cooperation can only be effective if a wide range of organizations – public bodies, NGOs, companies, citizens and any other entities – in any combination needed, regardless of the borders, form territorial governance frameworks, which can take care of developing and implementing cooperation along agreed strategies in a continuous manner. Therefore, interventions to be implemented aim at different cooperation policy dimensions and are expected to create new or strengthen joined structures and shared processes to ensure the continuity of cooperation effective in the border area.

Priority Axis 4 – Education: Investing in Education, Training, including Vocational Training for Skills and Lifelong learning by Developing Education and Training Infrastructure

Investment Priority - Investing in skills, education and lifelong learning by developing and implementing joint education, vocational training and training schemes
To move towards the long term vision of the border region this intervention is to develop means which promote the enlargement and the specific local knowledge base as well as exploit development opportunities of a cross-cultural knowledge base.

Priority Axis 5 – Technical Assistance

The Technical Assistance will support actions that enhance the capacity of applicants and beneficiaries to apply for and to use the programme funds and that improve the administrative procedures while ensuring a proper verification of project outputs and results under the quantitative and qualitative point of view. Moreover, Technical Assistance funds will be used to prepare programme processes and templates, for programme administration, monitoring, evaluation, communication, auditing and to improve the administrative capacity and the common working procedures of the programme bodies and stakeholders.