European Regional Development Fund
Due to the complementary settlement structure, the Middle Ipoly / Ipeľ valley has an untapped potential of higher cross-border integration. While several urban functions and services of Balassagyarmat are more and more used by Slovakian population of the region and similar phenomena can be detected also around Šahy, the economic ties are still weak. Ipoly Unió / Ipeľská Únia established in 1993 has developed social, cultural relationships and took remarkably efforts in order to rebuild the infrastructural ties across the river. At the same time, there is a need to better exploit the complementary geographic system of urban functions in economy.
The region itself suffers of depopulation and aging aggravated by relatively high (7-14%) unemployment rate. Still, the SMEs settled down in the region lack (skilled) labour force. Complementing those projects addressing the training needs of lower qualified workforce, the current project respond the challenges related to the cross-border mobility of more skilled labour force and the needs of stronger economic cohesion.
On the one hand, in Balassagyarmat, three new buildings will be built (by renovating an old secondary school) for 97 workers. The buildings will contain 35 flats with a total surface of 1243 m2, including storing premises, courtyard, parking places, building technology and furniture. Workers coming from Slovakia will be preferred when selecting the new residents of the workers’ hostel (by municipality decree).
On the other hand, Ipeľská Únia will extend its scope of activities targeting the reorganisation of the Middle Ipoly / Ipeľ valley area with activities boosting cross-border economic cooperation. Within the framework of the project, they will organise the first Ipoly / Ipeľ EXPO in Tešmák, at the premises of the NGO. Some 100 entrepreneurs and representatives of local authorities and professional organisations are expected to attend the event creating a tradition.
Balassagyarmat Város Önkormányzata
2660 Balassagyarmat, Rákóczi u. 12.
Ochranárske a kultúrne združenie Poiplia
Šahy, Tešmak 351 936 01
Locations of investment
Balassgyarmat, Bercsényi utca