Transnational cooperation beyond national borders improves regional innovation, supports the uptake of renewable energy, inspires the greening of transport and helps preserve natural and cultural heritage in central Europe. These and other interesting insights can be found in six thematic studies, which were commissioned by the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme at the end of the programming period 2007-2013. The EU cohesion policy programme financed 124 cooperation projects in nine central European countries.

The six studies are recommended to regional policy makers as well as potential project developers. They are available here.

The budget of 231 million Euros from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) was awarded to public and private partners to work on:

  • Technology transfer and innovation,
  • Sustainable public transport and logistics,
  • Environmental risk management and climate change,
  • Energy efficiency and renewable energies,
  • Demographic change and knowledge development and
  • Cultural heritage and creative resources.

The studies confirm that transnational cooperation is more effective than similar activities undertaken individually by regions or countries. CENTRAL EUROPE projects are particularly strong when it comes to sharing knowledge and exchanging good practice combined with pilot initiatives.

For more information on calls for proposals and other developments of the new Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme in the period 2014-2020, please visit: www.interreg-central.eu.



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