Slovak-Ukrainian cooperation is the subject of the project “Through communication towards prosperity of the region” implemented within the framework of the Cross border Cooperation Programme. Partial results of this project were presented by the researchers at the International Conference on Strategic Management (MKSM).

The 12th year of the conference was organized by the Department of Management of the Technical Faculty in Bor, University of Belgrade; the conference was held on May 28 – 30, 2016. The project “Through communication towards prosperity of the region” is co-financed by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the state budget of the Slovak Republic.

See the abstract and the overview of the topic as presented in the scientific paper. Full text in English is available for download:


In regions presented on a political-administrative level there are various cooperative ties. The level of regional development in a cross border region is affected by political-administrative restrictions between the neighbouring states. These barriers can be mitigated by creating a cooperative network on the level of regional players on both sides of the border.
In our paper, we deal with the Slovak-Ukrainian cross border region. It is a territory, where the state borders are barriers of cross border cooperation due to an administratively, legislatively and politically different environment.

The currently implemented project „Through communication towards prosperity of the region“ which focuses on the Slovak-Ukrainian cross border region is funded by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. The project is implemented by the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava in cooperation with its partners – Uzhgorod National University, Regional Development Agency in Svidník, Regional Development Agency in Rachov and Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency.

Research activities related to searching for possibilities for improving cross border cooperation and management of cross border activities have also been a part of the project. Analysis of the territory and a research on the cross border territory have been carried out. Results of regional analyses and the research on regional stakeholders have been used to create a joint strategy for the management of cross border activities.

This justifies our assumptions that it is desirable to create such conditions in the Slovak-Ukrainian cross border region which will unite regional partners on both sides of the border and improve their communication when creating project proposals where the potential of the territory is being used.

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