We are an EU cohesion policy programme that encourages cooperation beyond borders. With a budget of 246m EUR we support public and private organisations to work together across central Europe. Jointly they improve cities and regions in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
EU regional policy experts will meet at the 16th EU Regions Week from 8-11 October in Brussels. We are actively involved and look forward to discussing with you why #cooperationiscentral for a stronger and more united Europe. Register now to our two sessions.
We are recruiting a finance officer to help us with technical assistance management and monitoring as well as to support our internal programme coordination and management. If you want to join us in Vienna, please apply via the online system before 23 August.
Transnational cooperation is central for our projects. It is their joint effort that results in benefits that bring better quality of life to the regions, cities, and ultimately citizens. But what does it really mean? Discover 10 good reasons that speak for transnational cooperation in central Europe - now and in the future.
06 September 2018
The EESC is preparing several opinions and will hold a public hearing on Regional Development and Cohesion Policy for the period 2021-2027, bringing together officials, experts and civil society representatives to engage in the necessary consensus-building on the way ahead, which would also serve as an input to the EU leaders' decisions expected in the coming years.
More information can be found on the EESC website.
06 September 2018
COME-IN! brings together partners from six central European countries to make small-and medium-sized museums more accessible for people with different kinds of disabilities. Museums are places where everyone should be able to see and learn about our cultural heritage. But many museums in central Europe encounter difficulties to become more accessible. Reasons reach from a lack of organisational knowledge and limited financial resources all the way to a lack of investment and adequate promotion. The Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE project helps museums operators to overcome the difficulties through COME-IN! guidelines, a training handbook which is followed up by pilot actions and training sessions.
Inclusiveness is a strategic topic for Europe and the rather small-scale investments of this transnational Interreg cooperation project will save a lot of financial resources and efforts across borders. Museums located in other central European regions and cities will benefit from effective, tested solutions and guidelines.
Simulating disabilities to experience the value of accessibility
COME-IN! will present its achievements in Vienna to a closed group of policy makers from the Ministries of Finance of EU Member States. The presentation will include a tour of an accessible museum, in which participants can experience the museum as visitors in a wheelchair or with visual impairments. The tools and inclusive exhibition design developed thanks to cooperation between museums, public authorities and interest groups beyond borders will highlight the effects of small investments transferable to many other cities and regions.
To achieve such results #cooperationiscentral – today and in the future.
12 September 2018
Ms Catiuscia MARINI (IT/PES) and Mr Michael SCHNEIDER (DE/EPP), the two co-rapporteurs for the CoR opinion on the matter, will meet with representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on the relevant topic of this opinion.
The consultation meeting will take place on 12 September 2018 from 11:00 to 12:30 in the European Committee of the Regions building (Rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels), room JDE 51. In addition, if you have any position papers relevant to the subject, you are invited to send them by email to email@example.com.
Registration to the consultation is open until 11 September.
9 October 2018 |European Week of Regions and Cities
The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is an annual Brussels-based event in which officials from regional and urban administrations, as well as experts and academics, exchange good practices and know-how in the field of regional and urban development.
In this half-hour session, our speaker will talk about the need for transnational cooperation in central Europe. When solidarity is fading and calls for lower integration are growing, we believe #cooperationiscentral. Regions and cities are more efficient and more competitive when they work together beyond borders. Citizens and companies profit from new and better services.
Based on evidence from a new impact study you will hear why Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE is a bulwark of cooperation at the heart of Europe. Concrete stories will illustrate what our speaker has to say.