Annual Implementation Report 2019
Citizens' Summary

TAKING COOPERATION FORWARD

Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE improves capacities for regional development in innovation, carbon dioxide reduction, 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.

By end of 2019, we have been funding 138 cooperation projects across central Europe with all the programme funds now being allocated. The projects address shared regional challenges in the fields of innovation, low-carbon economy, environment, culture and transport.  

A cornerstone of programme implementation in 2019 was the implementation of the fourth (and last) call for proposals. This experimental call intended to capitalise on results of approved central Europe projects in coordination with projects funded under programmes directly managed by the European Commission.  

Call 4 in numbers

Programme in Numbers

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Million ERDF

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countries

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Thematic
Priorities

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Specific
Objectives


OPERATIONAL EVALUATION


In 2019, the operational evaluation of our programme was concluded. External experts assessed the effectiveness and efficiency of the programme management system and related structures to detect potential weaknesses. They concluded that the programme is managed smoothly and well on track with planned activities and established targets. 


“CENTRAL EUROPE is ahead of most Interreg programmes, when it comes to the
effectiveness and efficiency of programme management”. 

- European Commission (quote from the evaluation report)


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INTERREG CENTRAL EUROPE 2021-27


Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE has supported transnational cooperation in central Europe for more than 20 years. In 2019, the preparation of the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme 2021-2027 proceeded steadily, with the formal establishment of the Working Group and the appointment of the City of Vienna as Managing Authority for the new programme and the implementation of the territorial analysis on which basis will be developed the programme strategy. 


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 projects in numbers at the end of 2019 

138

projects 

100%

of funds allocated

results in numbers at the end of 2019

0


strategies and 
action plans adopted

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pilots
implemented

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 NEW TOOLS AND
SERVICES applied

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trainings
provided


PEOPLE - STORIES - CENTRAL EUROPE

FabLabs

SUPPORTING INNOVATIONS IN OUR REGIONS

FabLabs

If you associate a FabLab with just 3D printing, you have probably not yet been to one. Modern fabrication laboratories offer much more. They are spaces where everyone can create and invent something new. They became popular after demonstrating their benefits for the prosthetics industry, when they dramatically pushed down the costs of leg prosthesis.

Today, FabLabs also offer a more comprehensive support for innovative start-ups. The level of support could recently be elevated through a new network of FabLabs...

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Energy-efficiency

A SPOTLIGHT ON CUTTING ENERGY WASTE 

Intelligent Lighting

Europe is one of the most light-polluted areas on our planet. Almost 60% of Europeans live in areas where the night sky is already so bright that the Milky Way is rendered permanently invisible, says the World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness.

In recent years, stricter policies have come into force that aim to reduce overall energy use. Partners in our CitiEnGov project help regions in central Europe to find  solutions to use their energy resources more consciously in line with these new policies. They cooperate on low carbon energy planning...

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Cultural route

FOLLOWING Reformation ROUTE IN CENTRAL EUROPE

Reformation

What connects the Chanforan Monument in Piemonte (IT), the Evangelical Church of Peace in Jawor (PL) and the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach (DE)? It is the new Route of Reformation, which was established  in a transnational cooperation effort.

The three places played an important role in the reformation movement that, during the Middle Ages, represented a revolution in the Christian world. Thanks to the ECRR project partners, all these sites and many more are now part of one cultural route that  offers visitors a journey....

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cross-border commuting

CONNECTING WITH OUR NEIGHBOURS


Cross-border commuting

Town twinning started after the Second World War. The idea was simple: to reconcile relationships ruined by war. The coming together of communities helped create a peaceful post-war Europe. But are twin towns still relationship-builders?  

Although Szombathely (HU) and Oberwart (AT) maintain a twin-town relationship and are only 40 km apart, it is nearly impossible to travel from one to the other with public transport. Google maps suggest that it is easier and faster to travel this distance on foot.In a recent debate in Hungarian Parliament...

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