The environment and culture priority responds to the need for protecting and sustainably using natural and cultural heritage and resources, which are subject to increasing environmental and economic pressures as well as usage conflicts. Heritage and resources also constitute valuable assets of central European regions and represent important location factors benefiting regional development. Furthermore, the focus is on improving the quality of the environment in functional urban areas. To this aim, key challenges like land use conflicts, air, soil and water pollution or waste management will be addressed by the projects funded under this priority.
Natural disasters are becoming more and more common in central Europe. They put people at risk but also our cultural heritage. While professional rescue teams are perfectly trained to save people, they often do not know yet how to protect heritage. This is changing through cooperation in the ProteCHt2save project where preservation experts and army rescue teams train together to ensure that our heritage will not be lost.
Are you into music festivals, visiting cultural heritage spots or connecting with different cultures this summer? Share your experiences and win a GoPro 6. From 12 July to 3 September European Commission is inviting people to share a picture on Instagram illustrating how our cultural heritage contributes to happier and peaceful societies. Check out the competition rules to make sure you don’t miss any step.
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The funding programme CENTRAL EUROPE 2007-13 was our predecessor. More than 1.300 public institutions and private businesses closely
cooperated in 124 transnational projects for the benefit of our regions. Take a look at what Interreg achieved already back then:
To find out more about projects and beneficiaries of other cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation programmes within the European Union visit the KEEP database