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European interface: The Central Europe Programme area runs along large parts of the former Iron Curtain and includes regions with significant socio-economic differences. At the same time, it is an important hub for European connections. The aim of the Programme is to bring regions and cities together in order to promote territorial cohesion and tackle common challenges through transnational cooperation.
Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Lower Saxony (only Greater Brunswick)
The Central Europe Programme area is an “interface of Europe”. It covers Croatia, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary and parts of Germany and Italy. The area is an important hub for European north-south and east-west connections, going beyond its own borders. The impacts of the former “Iron Curtain” still can be noticed. Despite large progress, the economic and social differences between “eastern” and “western “countries in Central Europe are still visible. Regions with increasing urban and industrialised areas face rural or peripheral areas, which are often characterised by smaller competitiveness and population decline. The Programme's vision is therefore a united Central Europe, which cooperates to be linked up in a better, smarter and greener way. The Programme is aimed at bringing regions and cities together across borders in order to make them more resilient towards joint challenges like economic transformation processes, the climatic change and the long-term socio-economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Central Europe Programme supports projects concerning the following four priorities. The transnational cooperation measures are expected to support the development and implementation of strategies, action plans, instruments, training and pilot measures as well as other actions.
Cooperating for a smarter central Europe
Cooperating for a greener central Europe
Cooperating for a better connected Europe
Improving governance for cooperation in central Europe
At least three financing partners from at least three different countries come together in the Central Europe Programme, of which at least two partners must be based in the Programme area. Regular projects involve about eight to twelve partners per project. A lead partner assumes the overall control of a project.
The Programme addresses public and private stakeholders. Examples of partners eligible for funding under the Central Europe Programme:
Interreg Central Europe 2021 – 2027
CENTRAL EUROPE Contact Point Germany
Division RS 3 - European Spatial and Urban Development
Phone: +49 228 99401-2330
Dr. Bernd Diehl
Nationale Kontaktstelle für Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE in Deutschland
Phone: +49 351 4679-277