Third call comes with a thematic focus

Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE will offer around 60 million EUR ERDF for new transnational cooperation ideas as of 21 September 2017. The programme seeks project ideas that help to improve capacities for urban and regional development in four priority areas: innovation and knowledge development, CO2 reduction, natural and cultural resources, and transport. In some areas the third call will be exclusively focused on pre-defined topics. It will be launched at the programme conference in Berlin and stay open until 25 January 2018.

Following the first two calls in 2015 and 2016, 85 currently funded projects are already addressing a wide range of shared challenges across central Europe and helping the programme to reach specific objectives set for its funding. 

Based on an analysis of topics covered by the running projects, the programme monitoring committee decided in their meeting in Vienna on 21 and 22 June to better target the third call for proposals in some areas. Five specific objectives will be fully open to cooperation ideas, four specific objectives will be focused on exclusive topics and one will remain closed.

Thematic focus of the call

Fully open specific objectives, encouraging transnational project ideas to improve:

SO 2.2 - Low-carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation

SO 3.1 - Capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources

SO 3.3 - Environmental management of functional urban areas

SO 4.1 - Planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems for better connections to existing networks

SO 4.2 – Coordination among freight transport stakeholders for multimodal environmentally-friendly solutions

Targeted specific objectives, looking for transnational project ideas to improve:
SO 1.1 - Sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems

Proposals shall exclusively target: Bottom-up implementation of smart specialisation strategies; triple and quadruple helix approaches which strengthen the participation of public and civil society; innovative practices such as co-creation approaches and actions that bring innovation closer to the market

SO 1.2 - Skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic & social innovation
Proposals shall exclusively target: Social innovation and the integration of disadvantaged groups and regions through strengthening support infrastructures, services and schemes; development of entrepreneurial competences to strengthen social innovation

 SO 2.1 - Energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Proposals shall exclusively target: Energy efficiency of public infrastructure other than public buildings and streetlights (e.g. transport, water, waste or ICT infrastructure) including their financing aspects and integration of renewable energy sources

SO 3.2 - Capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Proposals shall exclusively target: Cultural and creative industries (CCI) such as CCI entrepreneurship, CCI policies, cross-sectoral cooperation and linkages of CCI to other sectors and innovative technologies

Closed specific objective, in which no projects proposals will be selected for funding in the third call:
SO 2.3 - Improving capacities for mobility planning in functional urban areas to lower CO2 emissions

Remains closed because topics are already sufficiently covered by running projects.  

More detailed information about all funding priorities and specific objectives is available in the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Cooperation Programme - Version 2.0 (zip 8.5 MB)

One-step procedure and minimum requirements

The monitoring committee, made up of representatives from the nine programme countries, also decided to run the third call in a one-step procedure. Project proposals will have to be submitted via a web-based tool, the electronic Monitoring System (eMS).
Transnational partnerships can be formed by both public and private organisations. The minimum requirement for a project partnership is the participation of 3 financing partners from at least 3 countries. The typical project duration is around 36 months. The co-financing rates reach up to 85 percent depending on the geographical location of an institution.
The application package including a new manual is currently under development and will be published on 21 September 2017. More information will be available soon in the application section and in the frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the programme website.

Pitch your ideas at the programme conference 

20 years ago the first transnational Interreg programme was launched for central European regions and cities. What started with Interreg IIC CADSES has evolved into today's Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE. Since 1997 transnational cooperation helped hundreds of great ideas come true. 

The programme will celebrate this anniversary with a major conference in Berlin on 21 and 22 September 2017. Participants will hear what transnational cooperation has done for central Europe and discuss with policy makers the role of our programme and projects beyond 2020.  Last but not least thematic PitchIt! sessions will give funded projects and new cooperation ideas the opportunity to present themselves to a wider audience and to get feedback from an expert panel.
Register now and secure a PitchIt! slot for your new project idea.


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