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Programme: Interreg Central Europe Programme 2021-27

Programme
Interreg Central Europe Programme 2021-27
Acronym Interreg CE
Type of Fund Indirect Management
Description of programme
"Interreg Central Europe Programme 2021-27"

Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE envisions a united central Europe that cooperates - to become smarter, greener and better connected together. Based on shared needs and a common identity in an area long divided by the ‘Iron Curtain’, the programme aims for a trustful culture of cooperation beyond administrative borders.

The programme mission is to bring regions and cities together beyond borders to find fitting solutions for their citizens – in a fair and equal way everywhere. It encourages and supports transnational cooperation to make regions more resilient to common challenges that know no borders and which cannot be solved alone. These challenges include among others economic transition processes, climate change, and the long-term socioeconomic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The programme priorities and specific objectives form the backbone of the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE funding strategy in 2021-27. In line with the thematic fields, transnational cooperation actions are expected to address the development and implementation of strategies, action plans, tools, training, pilot actions and related solutions. All actions will have to respect the horizontal principles of sustainable development including environmental protection as well as equal opportunities, non-discrimination and gender equality.

Priority 1:  Cooperating for a smarter central Europe

SO 1.1 Strengthening innovation capacities in central Europe
Strong innovation capacities bear enormous relevance for central Europe considering its strong industrial base and the importance of sectors such as agriculture and food, or tourism. Innovation is also central for strengthening central Europe’s economic resilience. Capacities for innovation need to be fostered especially in regions that are struggling with the transition to a more globalised, digitalised and green economy. Knowledge and technology transfer, especially for SMEs, is a critical need.

SO 1.2  Strenghtening skills for smart specialisation, industrial transition and entrepreneurship in central Europe
The strong industrial base of central Europe and its dependence on adequate skills underlines the strategic relevance of this specific objective. SMEs have been identified as the main providers of employment in central Europe and it is important to foster locally available human skills, especially for the transition to Industry 4.0, digitalisation and a green economy. Capacities for an efficient entrepreneurial discovery process need to be improved as well as for the preparation or updating of smart specialisation strategies. Place-based development of skills is also crucial for reducing urban-rural disparities. Overall, there is the need for a just transition process that is socially responsible.

Priority 2:  Cooperating for a greener central Europe

SO 2.1  Supporting the energy transition to a climate-neutral central Europe
Central Europe needs to speed up its performance related both to energy efficiency as well as the production and use of renewable energy to meet EU targets and climate objectives of the European Green Deal. Significant regional disparities between central European regions have to be tackled. Energy efficiency and renewable energy need to be promoted and exploited to reach a wider geographical coverage.

SO 2.2. Increasing the resilience to climate change risks in central Europe
Resilience to climate change risks represents an important need for central Europe, especially in view of its significant environmental and socio-economic impacts. A specific territorial aspect is the need for integrated and cross-sectoral approaches to best adapt to climate change. In order to build up climate resilience, general approaches need to be locally adapted towards workable and manageable, integrated solutions which can be proliferated across the entire central Europe area.

SO 2.3. Taking circular economy forward in central Europe
A climate-neutral, resource-efficient and competitive economy requires up-scaled circular approaches. This economic transformation has to pay attention to the fact that a circular economy will often require a re- arrangement of value chains, changes of interdependencies and the creation of new profit options. It is important that this socio-economic transformation happens across the entire territory of central Europe and does not concentrate on only a few regions.

SO 2.4. Safeguarding the environment in central Europe
The economic and environmental significance of natural assets and landscapes in central Europe calls for a co-ordinated valorisation and protection of biodiversity and ecosystems. There is a strong need to counteract negative effects of human action through integrated environmental management approaches.

SO 2.5. Greening urban mobility in central Europe
A reduction of transport emissions is one of the key targets of the European Green Deal. Smart and greener urban mobility will need an integrated response. Many functional urban areas in central Europe face similar challenges when greening their mobility. The specific territorial need lies in the vast diversity of topics (e.g. pollution and congestion) that need to be addressed in an integrated approach. Furthermore, the topic does not only include different ways of mobility, but also urban as well as urban-rural logistics.

Priority 3:  Cooperating for a better connected Europe

SO 3.1. Improving transport connections of rural and peripheral regions in central Europe
The programme area is a relevant junction in Europe. This can strategically facilitate the participation in trade and increase competitiveness. Accessibility to larger transport corridors is, however, comparatively weak. There is a need to link especially peripheral regions to the nodes of the TEN-T core network corridors (CNC), to remove bottlenecks and to bridge missing transport links in order to ensure good accessibility across central Europe. Furthermore, there is the need to reduce transport emissions by 90% by 2050, which calls for smart and sustainable approaches to cross-border mobility, intermodality and the introduction of IT-supported solutions for mobility management.

Priority 4:  Improving governance for cooperation in central Europe

SO 4.1  Strengthening  governance  for  integrated  territorial  development  in central Europe
Central Europe is highly heterogeneous both in territorial as well as in socio-economic terms. A multitude of challenges and barriers hinders the economic, social and territorial development in central Europe, which are not necessarily bound to specific administrative units. They rather relate to areas with functional ties that are characterised by economic, social, and environmental linkages. Addressing these territorial development challenges calls for integrated multi-level and multi-sectoral governance processes that consider functional linkages at the territorial level. There is a need to improve capacities of public authorities on all territorial levels for setting up and implementing integrated territorial development strategies. Cooperation should be encouraged within and between territories that are sharing functional ties.

Link Link to Programme
Thematic Focus Circular Economy, Sustainability, Natural Resources, Climate, Climate Change, Environment & Biodiversity, Competitiveness, SME, Tourism, Art & Culture, Cultural Heritage, History, Media, Regional Development & Regional Planning, Employment & Labour Market, Clustering, Development Cooperation, Economic Cooperation, Digitisation, ICT, Telecommunication, Research & Innovation, Technology Transfer & Exchange, Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation, Health, Social Affairs, Sports, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Green Technologies & Green Deal, Administration & Governance, Disaster Prevention, Resiliance, Risk Management, Community Integration, European Citizenship, Shared Services, Equal Rights, Human Rights, People with Disabilities, Social Inclusion, Mobility & Transport/Traffic , Urban development, Rural & Peripheral Development
EU Macro-Regions
Adriatic and Ionian Region, Alpine Region, Baltic Sea Region, Danube Region
Funding area Austria / Österreich
Croatia / Hrvatska
Czech Republic / Česká Republika
Germany / Deutschland Baden-Württemberg
Germany / Deutschland Bayern
Germany / Deutschland Berlin
Germany / Deutschland Brandenburg
Germany / Deutschland Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Germany / Deutschland Sachsen
Germany / Deutschland Sachsen-Anhalt
Germany / Deutschland Thüringen
Germany / Deutschland Niedersachsen Braunschweig
Hungary / Magyarország
Italy / Italia Nord-Ovest
Italy / Italia Nord-Est
Poland / Polska
Slovakia / Slovensko
Slovenia / Slovenija
Origin of Applicant Austria / Österreich
Croatia / Hrvatska
Czech Republic / Česká Republika
Germany / Deutschland Baden-Württemberg
Germany / Deutschland Bayern
Germany / Deutschland Berlin
Germany / Deutschland Brandenburg
Germany / Deutschland Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Germany / Deutschland Sachsen
Germany / Deutschland Sachsen-Anhalt
Germany / Deutschland Thüringen
Germany / Deutschland Niedersachsen Braunschweig
Hungary / Magyarország
Italy / Italia Nord-Ovest
Italy / Italia Nord-Est
Poland / Polska
Slovakia / Slovensko
Slovenia / Slovenija
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details
  • at least three financing partners
  • from at least three countries
  • at least two of the financing partners located in Interreg CE regions
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, International Organization, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO, National Government, Start Up Company, University, Association, Public Services, Other, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined)
Applicant details

The following organisations are eligible for funding in the Interreg CE Programme:

  • National, regional and local public bodies (including public equivalent bodies);
  • Private institutions, including private companies, having legal personality;
  • International organisations acting under the national law of an EU Member State or (with restrictions) under international law (see below).

International Organisations acting under international law are considered as eligible partners only when the
following two conditions are met:

  • Participation in the project through an operative seat located in one of the CE regions; and
  • Explicit acceptance of all requirements deriving from the EU Treaty and the regulations applicable in the framework of the Interreg CE Programme.

A project proposal with international organisations acting under international law in the partnership must include an ad-hoc declaration signed by these institutions. For reasons of legal security additional legal information or the signature of direct bilateral agreements between the MA and these institutions may be requested prior to granting the funds.

As a general principle, the Interreg CE Programme supports cooperation between partners located in the programme area. Organisations from outside the programme area can also participate in projects - but only in exceptional
cases.

European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) is eligible as sole beneficiary provided that the above-mentioned minimum requirements are complied with. However, to be eligible as sole beneficiary, an EGTC must be established in one of the Interreg CE Member States. The geographic location of an EGTC is considered to be in the country where it is registered and its costs shall be verified according to the control system established in that Member State.

The size of the partnership should reflect the scope of the project and remain manageable. Therefore, very large partnerships should be avoided. Further information on the recommended size of partnerships can be found in the Terms of Reference (ToR) of each call for proposals, available at the programme website.

Type of Funding Grants
Contact Details

Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme - Joint Secretariat

Kirchberggasse 33-35/11, A-1070 Vienna 
Phone:  +43 1 8908 088 - 2403
Email: info(at)interreg-central.eu

Open Calls

News

Published on 30.11.2021

Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE - First Call for Proposals

Interreg Central Europe Programme 2021-27

Link to Call

Published on 16.11.2021

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