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Annual OP CENTRAL EUROPE conference

May 2014

The annual two-day conference in Vienna linked the old to the new CENTRAL EUROPE Programme. Achievements of 124 projects implemented in the past seven years were presented and discussed among project partners, policy makers and other stakeholders from all over central Europe.

The CENTRAL EUROPE Programme has proven to be a relevant instrument for tackling common challenges and needs among regions of Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. In the new programme Croatia will also be able to participate. With comparably limited funds available for transnational cooperation, the focus is on building capacities through exchanging good practices and testing new, innovative approaches rather than on big investments.The conference introduced details of the upcoming first call for project proposals. The call is expected to open in early 2015 following the final approval of the programme by the European Commission.Over the next seven years, 246 million Euros will become available for financing transnational regional cooperation. More detailes about expected funds and topics to be funded, you can read here.