International projects

The CDDA Central Danube Development Agency Nonprofit Ltd. received a grant of EUR 191,176 for the implementation of the DETOCS project within the framework of the INTERREG EUROPE Program, in which it participates as a consortium partner.

The European Union has decided to decarbonize its economy by 2050 due to the need to mitigate and adapt to climate change. At the same time, it wants to increase its energy security, self-sufficiency and competitiveness. The current energy crisis has skyrocketed the fuel and electricity prices, threatening the viability and profitability of the tourism infrastructure.

In order to recovering the tourism infrastructure sector of the EU, on a sustainable and low-carbon manner, after the Covid-19 pandemic, in that new environment of the energy crisis, the main challenge of the DETOCS project is to comply with long-term EU policies aimed at decarbonizing the economy.

During the implementation of the project, the partner regions learn and exchange good practices, while improving regional policies by building the capacity of the participating regions and adopting successful policies.

The goals of the project are as follows:

  1. Promoting the decarbonisation of the tourism infrastructure;
  2. Increasing the energy efficiency of the tourism infrastructure;
  3. Increasing the energy self-sufficiency of the tourism industry;
  4. Supporting new types of tourism with low energy consumption and carbon footprint;
  5. Helping them to deal with the current energy crisis, which is increasing the proportion of energy costs within their total operating costs, endangers their profitability and economic viability.

The CDDA Nonprofit Ltd. in accordance with the legal requirements, has recently prepared the Situation Analysis, establishing the development of the Priority Area, as well as the Development Concept of the Area, and its Strategic and Operational Program.

Among other things, the operative program contains the goals of energy-related sustainability, includes the use of renewable energy sources and the increasing of the energy efficiency of the buildings . The OP is based on the national and country development strategies, which primarily dealing with the energetic modernization of the building stock in the region.

Participation in the DETOCS Program serves to achieve the objectives set out in priority 4 of the Operative Program, „The innovation and implementation of environmental friendly (green) developments"  encouraging the use of renewable energy, particularly the use of solar energy.

Participating in the DETOCS Program, CDDA Nonprofit Ltd. can gain experience and professional knowledge by getting to know the energy efficiency and renewable energy-related projects of other European Union countries. Can also receive information about the best practices of the countries, using these experience and information to review and expand individual policy recommendations.

The DETOCS project contributes to the achievement of the objectives formulated along the related priority 4 of the Operative program by learning about new approaches related to energy efficiency measures and new technologies used to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.


Slovak-Hungarian cooperation on social enterprises

The SocIn project was conducted between January 1 and April 30, 2022, in cooperation with the Forum Minority Research Institute (FMR) and KDMFÜ Nonprofit Kft. (CDDA).  Its aim is to support the creation of new ideas and initiatives in the field of social innovation and social enterprises with a new podcast service (audio and video).

The implementation of the project enables the generation of further Slovak-Hungarian collaborations and projects focusing on social innovation.  For this purpose, the main element of the project is the creation of a podcast studio in Somorja, in the headquarters of the FMR, and the preparation of a detailed podcast plan for 1 year, of which planning and implementation CDDA's embeddedness in the social innovation ecosystem will be used, both at the Hungarian and international level. An online SocIn conference was also held, connecting the most important players in social innovation and social enterprise field.

The priorities of both members of the project partnership include the support of social innovation and social enterprises, and for this reason partners feel the need to involve new technologies into this activity. The FMR is a particularly important organization for the Hungarian community in Slovakia.  Since its establishment in 1996, it has become an integral part and often a supporter of the development of Hungarian civil organizations in Slovakia.  The CDDA has been operating since 2020, during which time it prepared the Development Concept (2021-2035) and Strategic and Operational Programme (2021-2027) of the Central Danube Priority Area. The OP includes several programs that support the regional promotion of social innovation and the development of social enterprises.

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