Natural disasters are becoming more and more common in central Europe. They put people at risk but also our cultural heritage. They have struck some of central Europe’s most valued cultural attractions in recent years and threatened to destroy historic city centres. While professional rescue teams are perfectly trained to save people, they often do not know yet how to protect heritage. This is changing through cooperation in the ProteCHt2save project: Preservation experts and army rescue teams train together, they learn to speak one language and ensure that our heritage will not be lost.
Watch our film about the joint training of armed forces and preservation experts.
Project website: www.interreg-central.eu/ProteCHt2save
More than 300 rail links exist across country borders in Europe. Unfortunately, not all of them are fully exploited and people in border regions often suffer from bad connections. Partners in the CONNECT2CE are working together to improve these underused rail links in central Europe. What their cooperation can achieve became clear only recently: in June 2018 the project launched an experimental extension of the Italy-Austria cross-border train Mi.Co.Tra. Over summer, passengers can now enjoy train journeys all the way from the Austrian Alps to the Italian seaside. Or the other way round of course.
Check connections and travel on the Mi.Co.Tra train.
Project website: www.interreg-central.eu/CONNECT2CE
Millions of tons of food are thrown away every year in central Europe.
Re-using or donating food is one of the key methods to change this. Based on strategies developed with other partners in the STREFOWA project, the Federation of Polish Food Banks increased food donations in Warsaw by 45% in a pilot action. On a relatively small scale the project thus shows the way forward for regions and cities across central Europe.
Read more about how food donations were collected from 215 shops and 185 restaurants.
Project website: www.interreg-central.eu/strefowa
Can young entrepreneurs boost regional growth and deliver change? Yes, they can! Our CERIecon project helps them to formulate and sell their creative ideas.
Building on cooperation and mutual exchange, entrepreneurs get new inspirations, training and coaching. They have diverse ideas ranging from application that helps bakery to sell their remaining food to social marketing for small sport clubs.
Watch the video from their start-up contest to find out more.
Project website: www.interreg-central.eu/ceriecon
Werkstatt 141 in Nuremberg is a cultural space for concerts, exhibitions and workshops that opened in 2012. It is located in a former AEG production hall and a concrete result of transnational cooperation between the City of Nuremberg and partners from Italy, Poland and Slovenia. The small pilot action paved the way for an important follow-up: Because of the successful revitalisation of Werkstatt 141, the City of Nuremberg could attract more funds to build the much bigger Kulturwerkstatt auf AEG.
Today, the building has become a lighthouse project for urban redevelopment.
Project website: www.secondchanceproject.eu
We all use too much energy in our daily lives and personally contribute to global warming. Switching to a more sustainable lifestyle is, however, no rocket science once you know how to. In our CitiEnGov project, partners cooperate to demonstrate simple ways to lower energy consumption. In three cities in Germany, Italy and Hungary they selected 10 households to compete on reducing their carbon footprints. Over several months, energy experts are coaching them in their transition efforts and winners will be announced soon.
Take a look at what households do in Ludwigsburg for example.
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.
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.