The innovation priority addresses key socio-economic challenges and needs within central Europe that are related to smart growth as defined in the Europe 2020 Strategy. It aims at more effective investment in research, innovation and education. The projects funded under this priority help strengthening potentials of technology-oriented areas that are destinations of foreign investments and capital flows, notably through better linking actors of innovation systems. They also address regional disparities in knowledge and education such as brain drain, and strengthen capacities and competences for entrepreneurship and social innovation, also responding to challenges related to demographic change.
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Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE will fund 15 new innovation projects
following the second call for proposals. Around 27 million Euro from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will be transferred to transnational project partnerships over coming years to help linking innovation actors and improve skills for economic and social innovation.
In 2014 smart specialisation strategies were introduced in the EU's Cohesion Policy as the basis for research and innovation investment. The conference will provide an opportunity to national and regional authorities to share experience of how smart specialisation has been implemented in their countries and regions.
The funding programme CENTRAL EUROPE 2007-13 was our predecessor. More than 1.300 public institutions and private businesses closely
cooperated in 124 transnational projects for the benefit of our regions. Take a look at what Interreg achieved already back then:
To find out more about projects and beneficiaries of other cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation programmes within the European Union visit the KEEP database