Our impact on transport

How we help to move goods and people across central Europe in a better way

Central Europe is a crucial transport hub in the EU, intersected by eight of the nine Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) corridors. Despite continuous growth in transport, barriers to cross-border accessibility persist, with limited investments in infrastructure at the national level. Challenges include fragmented multimodal passenger transport, and obstacles to integration such as legal and commercial barriers. There is also the need for improved accessibility to quality transport services, especially in rural and remote areas.

In the programming period 2014-20, Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE improved regional passenger transport systems for better connections to national and European transport networks. Our projects also strengthened coordination among freight transport stakeholders, and promoted multimodal environmentally-friendly freight solutions.



The external impact evaluation concluded that the programme had a positive impact on transport in the region. Funded projects improved mobility, connectivity, and sustainability, and promoted cross-border transport cooperation and harmonisation.


The transport projects addressed key issues in central Europe, related to rapid urbanisation, demographic shifts, changing transport demand patterns, changing mobility needs, persistent economic disparities, and differences in regulatory frameworks and technical standards.



The programme supported projects that developed smart mobility solutions and services to connect regions to transport nodes through improved standards and interoperability.


The programme helped increase knowledge and planning capacities of the public sector and related entities for linking regional passenger transport systems to national and TEN-T networks.



The transnational exchange in central Europe was vital also for increasing the knowledge and implementation capacities of freight transport stakeholders for multimodal environmentally friendly freight transport systems and logistics.



“The Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme produced positive effects for the transport sector in the central European regions. It contributed to increasing the capacity of the stakeholders, building trust beyond national borders, and delivering new and high-quality services to improve transport and mobility in the central Europe area, while also helping to make it environmentally more sustainable.”

CIVITTA and wiiw (External experts)

Funded projects

Project partners

Million EUR from ERDF

Project highlights

Browse through our projects and learn more about their impact on the transport sector.

RegiaMobil project

The project built on the results of previous projects, as well as HORIZON 2020 initiatives and implemented a downstream approach that demonstrated the transferability of smart public transport approaches for better mobility services in rural areas.

ChemMultimodal project

The project developed a toolbox to support chemical companies and logistics service providers in their strategic and operational planning for increasing the share of multimodal transport.

Connect2CE project

The project developed governance decision support tools and an integrated ticketing system for improving peripheral and cross-border mobility.


The project supported the development of new bus connections between Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland, improving the accessibility of remote areas and enhancing cross-border cooperation.

TalkNET project

The project helped improve the harmonisation of regulatory frameworks to strengthen the integration between ports, inland terminals, transport operators, and policy makers.   


The project developed innovative and sustainable transport solutions, such as multimodal transport systems, intelligent transport systems, and sustainable urban mobility plans.


Tools to better coordinate transport activities


Strategies and action plans to improve transport connections


Pilot actions to demonstrate the benefits of connecting central Europe


Trainings to enhance skills for improving transport management 


 Million EUR of follow-up investment leveraged in the transport sector



In 2020, we launched an independent impact evaluation of the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE 2014-20 funding programme. The evaluation was conducted in two phases over a period of three years, between 2020 and 2023. It involved a thorough analysis of the programme, which employed a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. 

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Wind turbines in the field


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Rolling hills


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The cart in the village


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