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.
Discovery of ancient mines in a perfect shape is something that made headlines not only in the regional news. Located directly underneath the housing estates in Dippoldiswalde Germany, the mining complex was found as if the medieval miners had left it just last winter, not 800 years ago. However due to security reasons, there was nothing to see under the ground for the public until now.
New tools will make us all experience the hidden unique structures. Thanks to smooth cooperation with local authorities and partners beyond borders, there is a novel solution. VirtualArch digitilizes, visualizes and reproduces complex structures like the one in Dippoldiswalde and many other cultural sites in Europe. Soon, we can dive into virtual and augmented reality as part of our visits to heritage sites and historical cities.
Museums and their collections are there for everyone to enjoy. Too often reality is different, however: Various barriers may prevent disabled people from accessing them.
Partners in our COME-IN! project embrace the challenge of making our museums more accessible. Cooperation is central for them to remove barriers in museums and to make them more inclusive. Thanks to their new guidelines for museum operators more of us can hopefully soon enjoy more exhibitions across central Europe.
On European Cooperation Day 2018, COME-IN! presented achievements to policy makers from EU finance ministries. At the fringe of an Austrian EU Presidency meeting, financial attachés could experience the Vienna art history museum as visitors with visual impairments.
Watch our video of the project visit and learn how central European museums can make cultural heritage barrier-free.
Cutting public energy bills with waste heat
Many industrial processes generate heat as a byproduct. Unfortunately, this heat is more often wasted than used - despite its huge potential for reducing regional energy consumption.
So why is it not used? Among the main problems are that waste heat cannot travel too far and that technology for transferring it does not come cheap.
Public and private partners from across central Europe are working together to improve this situation. They partnered up in our CE-HEAT project and developed a new methodology for better utilizing waste heat. This methodology is now tested in a Slovenian hydro-power plant in Fala, where the immense heat produced by the plant will no longer drift away into the atmosphere. Instead it will warm the nearby Hydroelectric Power Plant Museum and help it to cut energy bills by about 60 percent.
Living in rural parts of central Europe has its perks including fresher air and a quieter life. But there are also problems, especially if you have no car. How do you then get to your job in a nearby city? Or how do you reach a doctor in the next village?
Public transport connections are often weak in rural areas. In Osterburg, the Ministry of Regional Development and Transport in Saxony-Anhalt recently launched a first so-called "citizen bus" to improve the situation. The new bus service is run by volunteers, who are often retired people that want to give back to the community in their spare time.
The service was introduced in February 2018 as a pilot action of our transnational RUMOBIL project. It covers eight different routes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Upon request the service can also be used on weekends, taking local children to clubs and youth camps or sporting tournaments.Other regions across central Europe will be able to learn from the test, which was extended to a second community in May 2018.
In line with the slogan "Our bus for everything that is needed" both communities can now indeed get the most out of living in the countryside in an environmentally friendly way.
knitting a bond between old and young
Mrs Huber, aged 86, has been knitting all her life. She learnt the technique from her mother, who had learnt it from her mother in turn. The knowledge had been passed down from generation to generation.
Today, Mrs Huber is the only person left in the small village in the Styrian Alps who still knows about the local way of knitting. She says that the interest in knitting had been fading for a long time.
Now, however, young men and women have expressed their interest in learning how to knit and #cooperationiscentral to find effective ways to help this and other handicraft traditions survive.
Thanks to our CULTURECOVERY project Mrs Huber can pass on her knowledge to the young generation and keep the century-old tradition of knitting alive. Project partners invest in people on site and establish local structures for conveying knowledge and capabilities.
They connect Mrs Huber to the young people of the municipality and re-establish the forgotten bond between old and young, with the goal to preserve the local heritage of knitting for future generations.
Learn more about what the project does and why it matters: www.interreg-central.eu/culturecovery
preserving our heritage for future generations
Cultural heritage is our legacy to future generations. But is enough done to protect it from natural disasters? Floods and earthquakes are becoming more and more common in Europe. In fact, in recent years floods also struck some of central Europe’s top cultural attractions and most valued historic urban environments. Often however rescue patrols are perfectly trained on how to rescue people but do not really know how recover cultural property. It is therefore important that army and preservation experts cooperate and learn to speak one language. Thanks to the training programme of our ProtecHt2save project this gap is now being closed, ensuring that our heritage is not lost.
Watch the video from training exercise of armed forces and preservation experts.
Stopping the creative brain drain
"Our city has a great quality of life but we are having trouble to find the right people for the job." Alexander Fleischmann, CEO and founder of the design agency KOCMOC in Leipzig, faces a familiar problem for creative companies in middle-sized cities. Skilled workers rather move to near-by capital cities like Berlin and Budapest.
One solution to keep creative people in smaller cities is the establishment of creative clusters. Our project Creative Cities pioneered an action plan for cluster creation already back in 2011. In a cooperative effort, project partners from five countries convinced public authorities in cities such as Pecs, Genova and Leipzig to communicate less formally. They also helped companies to better align their business strategies to official planning.
As a result, creative jobs are blossoming in these places. Film maker Alina Cyranek met some creative minds in Leipzig after the project end and documented their thoughts in a series of short videos.
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.
Have a look at their plans for the city centre and waterfront that already conviced the important big investors. (VIDEO WILL BE ADDED)
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.
Many cities in central Europe are marked by a socialist past. High-rise buildings and abandoned industrial zones are often seen as obstacles to development. But there are creative ways to use this heritage: The Museum of Socialist Curiosities in the Slovak small town of Hnusta attracts visitors from all over the world. The museum and its permanent exhibition are the result of cooperation in our ReNewTown project. Around 100 iconic items were collected with support from the local community. Today, the museum also hosts company team-buildings and school visits.
Starting small to grow big
Unused industrial sites can offer exciting new future places. Every bigger city has them and does not have to look at them as a burden. This was the case for Nuremberg in Bavaria. Thanks to our SECOND CHANCE project, finalised in 2013, an old AEG production hall has been turned into multifunctional space called “Werkstatt 141”. Nowadays the hall hosts concerts, exhibitions and workshops. But even more importantly the revitalised pilot became the forerunner of the big "Kulturwerkstatt auf AEG" project. An investment project run by the City of Nuremberg without our funds that transforms the site completely in the coming years. This small pilot grew into a real lighthouse project of urban redevelopment by building a new cultural identity.
Making the gluten-free liFe easier
One out of every 100 people suffer from some degree of celiac disease. The gluten-free food becomes a key element of their daily routine. However, it is not only about the right bread and buns you eat. The whole kitchen needs re-adjustments and even the way you store your food needs to be re-thought.
Strong partnership of public authorities, medical research experts and patient´s network organisations are working together in our FOCUS IN CD project to help celiac patients to make their lives easier. Thanks to the shared knowledge they assist them in the important moment to accept the diagnosis and follow the strict gluten-free diet.
reducing food waste
Nearly 88 million tons of Europe’s food is wasted each year. We cannot sit back and act as it does not concern us. But you can only fight the enemy you know and more of us together the better.
In Warsaw, this joint effort already led to 45% increase of food donation and three times more stores giving the food to the food bank. Thanks to the car that can transport all food donations that need special cooling conditions can the food bank now help many more people who live on the edge of poverty in Warsaw and cannot afford to buy their food.
While food banks are becoming more and more part of our urban landscape, we should aim to fight this problem together. If you do not know where to start, the platform www.reducefoodwaste.eu jointly developed by partners from our STREFOWA project, is a good starting point for everyone who wants to help reducing food waste.
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.