The environment and culture priority responds to the need for protecting and sustainably using natural and cultural heritage and resources, which are subject to increasing environmental and economic pressures as well as usage conflicts. Heritage and resources also constitute valuable assets of central European regions and represent important location factors benefiting regional development. Furthermore, the focus is on improving the quality of the environment in functional urban areas. To this aim, key challenges like land use conflicts, air, soil and water pollution or waste management will be addressed by the projects funded under this priority.
The European Commission has launched an online public consultation on the development of a new EU Soil Strategy. This is the last of a set of public consultations on different ecosystems delivering on the specific commitments in the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030. If you would like to contribute to this consultation you can fill in the online questionnaire until 27 April 2021.
The EU Green Week 2021 will be dedicated to the ‘zero pollution ambition’ and how we can work together to make this ambition a reality.
If you want to be part of the EU Green Week and showcase the achievements of your organisation or city to a wider audience, and are planning an event between 3 May and 13 June 2021, why not register it as an EU Green Week partner event.
Biodiversity and habitats
The Eurasian lynx population is declining and faces several threats. As their habitat knows no borders, transnational coordination is key to their protection. 3Lynx established a
transboundary monitoring system to help protect our lynx population. > project website
Crafts and traditions
Culinary traditions are an important part of our culture. These traditions are however rarely seen as an economic opportunity. SlowFood-CE provided a model for local communities to use their gastronomic traditions as a driver for sustainable
development. > project website
historic buildings and sites
Many historical buildings in central Europe need restoration but public resources are limited. RESTAURA introduced tools and practices that help regions to build partnerships with
private partners. Together they are now giving these buildings new life. > project website
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