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Six programme areas

With various federal states and regions, Germany is involved in six Interreg B programmes. Within five of these programmes - the Alpine Space, Central Europe, the North Sea Region, North-West Europe and the Baltic Sea Region - cooperation will take up the experiences and findings of past programming periods. The goal of the new Danube programme is to better realise the related macro-regional strategy.

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Alpine Space

Strategy development and macro region: There are not many regions in Europe in which, within a very confined space, natural meet with economically prospering regions, densely populated meet with depopulated regions, traditionally rural areas meet with areas with high research expertise as well as with regions providing and consuming natural resources. In the context of territorial cooperation, stakeholders within the Alpine Space programme test what is important for Europe as a whole.


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Baltic Sea Region

Maritime hub: With its political, social and economic Baltic Sea cooperation, which has been existing since over twenty years, and the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, the region has taken many steps to jointly improve the region’s competitiveness, the ecological state of the Baltic Sea as well as social cohesion. The Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme forms an essential component of these efforts and an key element of the project-oriented Baltic Sea cooperation.


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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.


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Danube Region

Go-ahead for a new programme area: Germany participates in the newly created Danube programme. The Danube Region is the linking element between countries and regions on the former Iron Curtain - a region with considerable socio-economic disparities. The aim of the new Danube Programme is to bring together the regions in the countries on the River Danube via concrete cooperations thus helping to put the EU Strategy for the Danube Region into practice.


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North Sea Region

Economic power on the coast: transnational projects in the North Sea Region play an important role in helping Europe grow together. The project partners jointly work on topics concerning lack of qualified personnel or closing value creation chains and contribute to intensifying the economic growth. Transnational cooperations increase the innovation capacity of enterprises and institutions and support a sustainable development of the environment.


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North-West Europe (NWE)

Europe's power plant: Many of the economically strongest regions in Europe are situated in North-West Europe, which is said to be extremely dynamic. With its many metropolises, large cities and medium-sized towns in a rather small area and with 240 million inhabitants, it is the most urban and densely populated Interreg programme area. The programme provides the adequate framework to develop many really innovative project ideas and to deliver concrete new project results.


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