Transnational cooperation has
a lasting impact on our regions

Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE brings regions and cities together beyond borders to find fitting solutions for common challenges in innovationlow-carbon, the protection of natural and cultural resources as well as transport and mobility. With our funding, we support transnational cooperation like yeast supports baking. We are the small but important ingredient that helps innovative yet isolated ideas grow into jointly developed, tested and accepted solutions for a better central Europe.

In 2021, we launched the impact evaluation. In the first phase of the evaluation process, external experts looked at the effects of projects that started in 2016 and 2017. They found evidence of positive impact on the needs identified across all thematic priorities. They also found that the programme helps in bridging socio-economic and competitiveness gaps between more and less developed cities and regions in central Europe.

The second phase of the evaluation, taking place until mid of 2023, will look at the remaining on-going projects.

Impact evaluation in Numbers


Finalised Projects




outputs per
project on average


billion EUR
leveraged funds

main conclusions

through transnational cooperation our projects

  created Strong synergetic and multiplication effects 

contributed to Better policy coordination

Changed the practices at the individual and organisational level 

Brought benefits to a large and diverse number of stakeholderss

had Positive unintended effects 

Contributed to Europe 2020 Strategy, and Macroregional strategies

Transferred the results to other territories, sectors and other levels of governance

supported a Wide diversity of territories 


Girls looking at the 3D printing machine

► In the future, support a wider range of topics (e.g. advanced manufacturing, key-enabling technologies, digital healthcare, etc.)

► Provide more targeted support for less experienced (potential) project partners 

► Suport the capitalisation of results  more profoundly                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


Solar panels on the roof

► Continue to support projects addressing low-carbon issues in their large diversity; with focus on key challenges such as renewable energy and heating and cooling

► Prioritise the creation of synergies between the low-carbon and other sectors, especially mobility and transport

► Focus more on rural areas, to mitigate the risk of deepening territorial fragmentation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


Person in the raincoat looking at flooded river

► Include green, smart, and sustainable development in all operations

► Increase focus on supporting lagging, less performing regions

► Involve research institutions in  supporting local administrations

► Assess sustainability, transferability, and cost-effectiveness of results 

► Embed the promotion of European values and Central European identity  

► Support innovative solutions for digitisation and operations linking cultural and natural heritage


Train approaching train station

► Continue the implementation of pilot actions

► Ensure commitment for sustainability so that strategies and plans are implemented and not just adopted

► Focus more on the transferability of the solutions

► Engage key actors in transport and focus more systematically on high-level approach in the future                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

"The Programme has effectively supported cooperation beyond
borders in Central Europe, as initially planned. It has also reached the target groups which it envisaged and
succeeded in achieving its objectives of improving the capacities of the public and private sector in the
region, enhancing policy frameworks and developing managerial systems, human resources and
institutional structures in all thematic areas."

-  CIVITTA and wiiw (External Evaluators)


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