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.
By the way, do you know who the pioneers were? Amparo from Chile has the answer because she volunteered in the museum.
Project website: http://www.renewtown.eu
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.
Read the interview with Kannabi founder Marek Benda and find out how they prepared their crowdfunding campaign.
Project website: www.interreg-central.eu/crowd-fund-port
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.
A new episode of Euronews "Real Economy" provides key facts and figures about cohesion policy. Listen to Corina Creţu, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, why she believes that cohesion policy is a win-win policy for each and every EU region.
Transnational cooperation brings benefits to our regions and cities, and ultimately to us, the citizens. But what does it really mean? Why is cooperation needed? Get a flavour of what our programmes are about from this 16-page brochure.
20 Years of cooperation
taking central Europe forward
20 years ago the first transnational programme was launched in central Europe. Take a look at what transnational cooperation has done for central Europe so far.
For more than 25 years, Interreg transnational programmes are bringing together European regions and cities. In central Europe, we share many challenges and opportunities due to our geography, history, and culture.
The Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE transnational programme area provides an excellent basis for cooperation. In our transnational projects, regions, cities and companies from nine countries work closely together to develop solutions designed to meet the most pressing needs of our citizens.