The CENTRAL EUROPE Programme 2014-2020 will continue to support regional cooperation among central European countries.
Covering an area of over 1 million square km the CENTRAL EUROPE 2020 Programme is home to about 146 million people (according to data from 2013). Nine European Union (EU) Member States cooperate in the programme, including all regions from Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, as well as eight Länder from Germany (Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen) and nine regions from Italy (Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Lombardia, Piemonte, Provincia Autonoma Bolzano, Provincia Autonoma Trento, Valle d’Aosta, and Veneto). In total, the programme area is made up of 76 statistical NUTS 2 regions.
Priority Axis 1 – “Cooperating on innovation to make CENTRAL EUROPE more competitive”
Priority axis 1 addresses the main socio-economic challenges and needs within central Europe related to smart growth of the Europe 2020 Strategy, especially through more effective investments in research, innovation and education.
Priority Axis 2 – “Cooperating on low-carbon strategies in CENTRAL EUROPE”
Priority axis 2 aims at strengthening the usage of renewable energies, improving energy efficiency, and at boosting the economic growth potential of this sector. It will also help enhancing knowledge and skills with regard to efficient energy management of public infrastructure.
Priority Axis 3 – ’Cooperating on natural and cultural resources for sustainable growth in CENTRAL EUROPE’’
Priority axis 3 directly responds to the need for protecting and more sustainably using natural and cultural heritage and resources, which are subject to a variety of pressures and usage conflicts (e.g. from industry, intensive agriculture, climate change, transport, urbanisation and sub-urbanisation as well as tourism). They are also among the greatest assets of central Europe and represent important location factors for regional development.
Priority Axis 4 – “Cooperating on transport to better connect CENTRAL EUROPE”
Priority axis 4 provides answers to the core-periphery dichotomy of the CENTRAL EUROPE programme area. It will help to reduce gaps between peripheral, badly accessible regions and well-connected centres. More concretely, the programme will support the connectivity of regions and cities to European transport networks and improve multi-modal environmentally friendly freight and passenger transport within central Europe.
The toal budget of the program is: 298.987.025,44 euro (ERDF: 246.581.112 euro).