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Central Europe

Europe's hub in the future as well: With its industrial tradition and the ability to realise innovations in all economic and social sectors, the programme has an important stake in putting the Europe 2020 strategy into practice. 30 per cent of the EU population lives in Central Europe. Further cooperations may help improve the development perspectives of people and actively promote cohesion.

Eligible transnational cooperation areas 2014-2020 - Central Europe

German federal states involved

Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.

Europe's interface

The Central Europe programme area is an interface of Europe. It covers nine European member states: Croatia, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary and parts of Germany and Italy. Central Europe reveals large economic, geographic and structural disparities: A few urban growth areas face large, more rural and economically weak areas. Promoting spatial cohesion as well as economic and social innovation count among the challenges the programme faces. The impacts of the Iron Curtain also are still perceptible. The many important transport corridors in eastern-western and northern-southern direction should be used in a sustainable way and CO2 emissions be reduced. Their regional accessibility should be improved. Energy efficiency as well as protecting and using the cultural and natural heritage are also important topics.

Themes of cooperation

The Central Europe Programme supports projects concerning the following four priority axes:


  • Improving sustainable linkages among actors
  • Advancing economic and social innovation

Reducing CO2 emissions

  • Increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage
  • Improving territorially based low-carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation
  • Lowering CO2 emissions

Natural and cultural resources

  • Protecting natural heritage and resources
  • Protecting cultural heritage and resources
  • Improving the environmental management of functional urban areas


  • Improving the planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems
  • Increasing multimodal environmentally-friendly freight solutions

Budget and funding

  • Central Europe (2014 - 2020): 299 million euros
  • Funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF): 247 million euros
  • EU cofinancing rate for German partners: 80%
  • Project capacity recommended: total budget of 1 - 5 million euros
  • Eligible for funding: staff costs, organisation and travel costs, external expertise costs, equipment expenditure, investments (limited)

How to become a project partner

Under the Central Europe Programme, at least three financing partners from at least three different countries join within a project for usually three years. Usually, about eleven partners participate in a project. A lead partner assumes the overall control of a project. The programme addresses public and private stakeholders.

The following partners are eligible for funding under the Central Europe Programme:

  • Public authorities (national, regional, local authorities)
  • (Public) service providers
  • Research institutes and universities
  • Chambers and associations
  • Business support organisations
  • Enterprises
  • Non-governmental organisations

Additional Information


Brigitte Ahlke

Division SU 3 - European Spatial and Urban Development

Phone:  +49 228 99401-2330


Dr. Bernd Diehl
CENTRAL EUROPE Contact Point Deutschland (CCP)
am Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung
Weberplatz 1
01217 Dresden

Phone:  +49 351 4679-277
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