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  The Role of Central Europe

CENTRAL EUROPE is a European Union programme that encourages cooperation among the countries of Central Europe to improve innovation, accessibility and the environment and to enhance the competitiveness and attractiveness of their cities and regions.

CENTRAL EUROPE invests €231 million to provide funding to transnational cooperation projects involving public and private organisations from Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Ukraine.

The programme is financed by the European Regional Development Fund and runs from 2007 to 2013. Interested partnerships are invited to propose their projects following public calls for proposals, which will be widely publicised.

The programme area includes regions from Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Ukraine. It covers about 1,050,00 square kilometers, an area that represents approximately a fifth of the EU landmass. About 148 million citizens or 28 percent of the EU population live in this area.

Its economy shows high disparities with regard to income and living standards: Besides encompassing some of Europe’s richest regions, Central Europe also includes some of Europe’s poorest ones. The CENTRAL EUROPE programme aims to contribute to reducing these differences through cooperation between regions, working towards joint solutions to common problems and actions that harness the regions’ potential. The programme should also help to strengthen the overall competitiveness by stimulating innovation and promoting excellence throughout Central Europe.

This project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF.