Small town of Eberswalde in East Germany deserves to be known for at least two reasons. In 1923, the world's first radio concert was broadcast from here and more recently Europe’s first trolley-battery-hybrid-bus with a modern lithium-ion battery started operating here in 2012 thanks to our TROLLEY project.
Six years on, Eberswalde will again make history, as the feasibility study carried out within Horizon2020 project confirmed that it is indeed possible to replace an existing diesel bus lines into the neighbouring municipality with in-motion-charging trolley-battery-bus without any extra infrastructure needed to be built.
The new line will now be realised in TROLLEY 2.0 project funded by the ElectroMobility Europe and as of spring next year all 12 trolleybuses in Eberswalde will be equipped with a battery which will enable their in-motion charging, extending the trolleybus network for more than 9 km without any further infrastructure needed.
And this all began with the pilot investment of our TROLLEY project.
Open-space city theatre in green park gives locals more opportunities to meet. The precondition to make such place really enjoyable and safe, is keeping it in a good shape. The amphitheatre of John Paul II Park in Lublin, Poland calls for renovation. Local authorities plan smart renovations using innovative solution for lightening. The LED lanterns with motion sensors will save energy when switched off and collect complex energy data.
The knowledge how to launch a public procurement of these innovative solutions (PPI) is unfortunatelly limited. With the help of joint efforts accross the borders by 10 PPI2Innovate partners, a comprehensive guide takes the municipality step-by-step through the process. All the way from setting the initial activities and defining a real need, to conducting market consultation and turning the preliminary idea into the detailed description of the investment.
Dippoldiswalde is a small German town near Dresden where a unique network of medieval silver mines was discovered in 2008. The mines have since become part of the UNESCO world heritage nomination of "Ore Mountain Mining Landscape". However, until now it was impossible to visit the mines. They extend over large parts of the city and have to remain filled up and sealed as a matter of public security.
This situation will soon change thanks to cooperation in the VirtualArch project. The transnational partnership digitilises, visualises and reproduces complex structures in 3D multimedia images and films in Dippoldiswalde and many other cultural sites in central Europe.
Experts from tourism, forestry, mining, flood management and agriculture are working together in this complex effort. As a result, regions will soon have new tools to show their hidden heritage to interested tourists and locals in a virtual augmented reality tour.
Re-connecting central europe
More than 300 cross-border rail links in Europe are under-exploited making traveling by train in Europe's cross-border regions almost impossible. Our CONNECT2CE project is working on reducing this number. Just recently a new regular rail service connecting Trieste with Villach was introduced making the traveling in central Europe again little bit easier. Passengers can now enjoy the train journey all the way to the seaside. With future plans to continue even further to Croatia re-connecting the central Europe is literary on the right track.
Combining ancient wisdom with youngster´s energy
Traditional handicrafts can only survive the modern times if we pass them to the next generations. Matija is 16 years old and he lives in Grad, Slovenia. He likes to play video games and shooting videos. He started to programme his first game. Besides the obligatory subjects in high school, he had no interest in culture whatsoever. Until he meets Simona. Together with few enthusiasts Simona explores options how to involve youngsters in traditional crafts and teach them to value our heritage. Old mills and hand-made pottery handicraft will be digitally connected and this easily accessible to digital age generation. Matija is busy programming the app instead of the video game.
This is just an example how youngsters can be involved.
Giving New LOOK TO OLD CITIES
The attribute "new" (Polish: nowy) in the name of a city often indicates that the place is very old. Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki is an European historical city unfortunately encircled by communism block apartments. Beautifully settled around the three rivers and well-connected to Warsaw, the city can offer more to its residents.
The urban planners take further steps forward to make the city more attractive, considering citizen’s needs, - like where to spent quality leisure time, shop or send kids to school. By building on the results of cooperation, the city initiates revitalisation projects respecting the natural, cultural, historical values and offering a modern way of life. Even if facing financial limitations, a lot can be done when partnering public authorities with privates.
Helping start-ups to get financed
Kannabi is a Slovak start-up that offers a vegan milk alternative without additives, made primarily from canopy seeds, cashew nuts, vanilla, and coconut sugar. On top of great taste, Kannabi promises to boost your immune system, lower your cholesterol, as well as to beat those sugar cravings. With the support of our cooperation project CROWD-FUND-PORT, Kannabi ran a successful campaign on the crowdfunding platform HITHIT.
All in all, the project supports entrepreneurs in seven central European countries and helps them taking advantage of the crowdfunding phenomena.
little fairies in big central european cities
Do you sometimes wish for little fairies changing up poorly looking green areas around your city district? So did Dóra, too. She lives in Budapest and she wished for them every time she looked out of her apartment overlooking a neglected slope.
One day the fairies she imagined materialised, as the slope turned from a burden to a blessing. It looked just amazing with all the plants and flowers, even little signs displaying their names! Dora came to know her new neighbours, a married couple nurturing the green space. She found out about a community of committed and sensitive people that she now herself belongs to as well. They are call “stewards” and gather on the regular basis in the district administration office of Hegyvidek, Budapest. The municipality pilots this activity in the framework of the UGB project, taking the urban green belts forward. Growing communities turn neglected small green spaces into little blessings around the district. Maybe it is your turn next time?
In it together
More than 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail within the first weeks. Why? Because behavioural change is hard. We first have to believe that it really matters and only then change will follow.
Having a role models to push us towards the change also helps because we are more likely to look up to someone whom we respect. Like in case of the Province of Treviso who has taken a leading role in promoting behavioural change for better energy efficiency. Thanks to knowledge shared with the experts in the TOGETHER project, in Treviso they understood that an isolated approach to energy improvement, focused only on technological issues, can bring results, but it is our own behaviour that is fundamental when it comes to realising the change.
By signing the manifesto in which energy efficiency comes first in public spending and not as an exception in the management of consumption reduction, the President of Treviso Province, Stefano Marcon, set out on the your journey, that hopefully many neighbouring provinces will follow.
Transnational cooperation underpins EU Cohesion Policy and contributes to strategic EU priority areas, including innovation, environment, energy, transport and social issues.
Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE also helps macro-regional strategies to succeed. We bring together stakeholders from geographically and culturally similar areas and help them to jointly address shared challenges and opportunities.
Transnational cooperation improves capacities for regional development related to innovation, CO2 reduction, natural and cultural resources as well as transport and mobility.
Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE supports cooperation like yeast supports baking. We are the small but important ingredient hat helps ideas grow: into jointly developed, tested and accepted solutions.