Interreg was created in a spirit of knowledge-sharing and collaborative thinking both within the EU and beyond to help create a peaceful and prosperous union. At a time when the European Union is facing a lot of changes, when political dialogue often questions its functioning, when new European leaders and new priorities are emerging, Interreg has been acting for more than 30 years to leave no one behind.
In 2020, we celebrated 30 years of Interreg. However, it was also a year in which our cooperation and solidarity were tested and challenged. After a year much focused on national responses to a global pandemic, we could not agree more with EU Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who said:
We are proud to be part of the Interreg community. With this page we would like to share with you some of our successes and celebrate cooperation beyond borders, because we believe that #cooperationiscentral now more than ever.
Our programme has supported transnational cooperation in central Europe for more than 20 years. With our funding, we support 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. Learn how we help regions and cities to become more resilient and attractive places to live in our #cooperationiscentral blog.
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 kilometres apart, it is nearly impossible to travel from one to the other with public transport...
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...
Because of its large forests and green spaces, Hegyvidék is said to be the lung of Budapest. Maintaining these areas is a huge challenge for the district in times of scarce resources when traditional approaches are no longer sufficient and efficient. Luckily, Hegyvidék is not alone with this problem in central Europe. A strong demand exists beyond national borders for new operational models on maintaining urban green spaces...
Stories of collaboration and cooperation from across the European Union, brought to you by the Interreg community. In this podcast series, broadcaster Shahidha Bari talks to the Europeans whose lives have been transformed by Interreg. Across the series you’ll hear how the Interreg community works with everyone from fisherman to farmers, and city planners to entrepreneurs, forging stronger bonds across borders, tackling pressing issues such as climate change and investing in young Europeans
"We do not stop the virus by closing the borders"@pascal_arimont— Interreg CE (@InterregCE) January 15, 2021
"Issues of borders & people living in border regions has to be systematically on agenda of highest decision making groups in times of crisis." @EuregioMR #Interreg is the right tool to make #cooperation work
"It is fundamental that we join strengths and willingness to look for joint solutions!"@ConchaAndreu President La Rioja Region@EU_CoR— Interreg CE (@InterregCE) December 9, 2020
#InterregTalks: Why cooperation matters to European leaders. #Interreg30: https://t.co/kaNif3Hfr2
'Diseases don't stop at borders. We should reconsider fundamental values of #EU. #Interreg helps finding common approaches to solutions.'@MSchneiderEPP @sachsenanhalt at @EU_CoR#InterregTalks Why cooperation matters https://t.co/p70uI1Gg7k#Interreg30 https://t.co/kaNif3Hfr2 pic.twitter.com/RtUL7Gkqm6— Interreg CE (@InterregCE) November 26, 2020
"It is very important to work together because in this crisis we don’t have actual borders at all."@MirjaVehkapera #COTER Commission@EU_CoR @NPA2014_2020 #InterregTalks: Why cooperation matters to #EU leaders— Interreg CE (@InterregCE) November 5, 2020
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