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Regional Policy and Structural Funds

Change of ministerial responsibilities

The division "Coordination in area planning and regional policy", which was allocated to the Federal Chancellery, will be taken over by the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism on January 8th 2018.

The Legal Basis for the change of responsibilities is "Amended Ministerial Law (in German: Bundesministeriengesetz) 1986”, amended Act “Bundesministeriengesetz-Novelle 2017”, BGBl. I Nr. 164/2017.

The Content and Information remain available on this Website until their launch within the Website of the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism.

Regional policy and regional development

Regional policy means improving the quality of life of people living in all regions of Austria and facilitating sustainable regional development.

Regional policy, spatial development policy, regional planning and spatial planning are what is known as cross-sectional tasks. The aim is to coordinate various sectoral policies (economic, transport and cultural policy etc.) for a specific area ("space", "region") as best as possible in order to achieve positive development.

The responsibilities for spatial public policies in Austria are divided between the Federal Government and the lander (regions). Coordination of the various public authorities whose work has an impact on spatial planning and development is the responsibility of the Federal Chancellery. The Federal Chancellery is assisted in its spatial coordination activities by the offices of the Austrian Conference on Spatial Planning (ÖROK).

European structural funds in Austria

Regional aid means directly supporting people in their regions in order to safeguard and improve their quality of life. Since Austria joined the European Union (EU) in 1995, some of the measures that are relevant to regional policy have been subsidized with funding from the EU structural funds. 

The structural funding programmes are jointly handled in Austria by various Federal Government and lander authorities in close cooperation, depending on the existing fields of competence. Austria cooperates in particular with other EU and non-EU states in the form of bilateral, transnational and interregional/ERDF network programmes.

Further information

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