The Interreg program promotes economic, social and spatial cohesion in Central Europe. Transnational cooperation takes place through joint projects between public and private decision-makers and actors. Interreg offers them the opportunity to develop ideas and test new ways of working. The partners jointly develop strategies and approaches to solutions for their respective core topic and implement them in pilot projects. The international exchange and the different experiences and backgrounds of the project partners provide space for innovative solutions and the mutual exchange of expertise. In addition, developments, investments and networks can emerge that have an impact beyond the project duration.
The program area functions geographically, economically and culturally as an interface of Europe. At the same time, the area is characterized by strong structural differences. Urban growth areas contrast with large rural, economically weaker regions.
Interreg Central Europe focuses on thematic areas that address climate change and support smart economic growth. Improving transport links to rural and peripheral regions and strengthening governance for integrated spatial development also play an important role.
Eligible to apply are public and private actors as legal entities that have their seat in the program area of "Interreg VI B Central Europe", e.g. public authorities (federal government, states, regions, municipalities), public service providers, research institutions, universities, chambers, associations, business development organizations, companies and non-governmental organizations.
In addition to the German states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony (Braunschweig region), Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, the EU member states involved are Croatia, Austria, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, as well as northern Italy.
Funding is available, for example, for the development and implementation of strategies, concepts, instruments and transnational innovation networks or clusters as well as, to a limited extent, infrastructure and pilot investments.
Eligible costs include personnel and administrative costs, travel costs, external expertise and services, costs for events and materials, and, to a limited extent, investments.
Type and amount of funding
Funding is provided in the form of a grant, the amount of which depends on the type and scope of the project. The funding rate for Bavarian applicants is up to 80% of the eligible project costs.
Applications must be submitted online in English on the program's website (see "Online procedure" and "Related links"; detailed information on submitting applications is also available there).
The German contact points and the secretariats provide potential applicants with information and, if necessary, practical advice during the application process. A monitoring committee consisting of national and regional representatives of the participating countries in the respective cooperation area decides on project applications.
Information office for Bavarian project partners
Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy
Dr. Thomas Bonn
Phone: 089 2162-2023
Fax: 089 2162-3023
German Contact Point Central Europe
National Contact Point at the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Spatial Development in Dresden
Dr. Bernd Diehl
Weberplatz 1, 01217 Dresden
Phone: 0351 4679277
Joint Secretariat of the Program
Interreg Central Europe Programme Joint Secretariat
Kirchberggasse 33-35/11, 1070 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 (0) 1 8908 088 - 2403