The "National Contact Point" was established at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden in 2002. In the current funding period 2021-2027 the CENTRAL EUROPE programme continues the transnational cooperation of the central European states which originally started as the Community Initiative INTERREG III B CADSES within the framework of the European territorial cooperation which itself is an integral part of the European Union cohesion policy.
Essentially the implementation of the CENTRAL EUROPE programme, and the funded projects in particular, is about addressing problems that transcend national borders and thus require transnational cooperation and joint solutions. Similarly, the existing potential of the participating regions can be developed more easily and strengthened in the long term through a continuous collaboration of public and private institutions. This is all the more important as the programme area of Central Europe extends over large parts of the former Iron Curtain and includes regions that are still shaped by significant socio-economic differences today. The draft programme priorities and specific objectives for the funding period 2021-2027 form the backbone of the future funding strategy and aim at overcoming these disparities. The focus is on the development of a "smarter" (Priority 1) as well as a "greener" (Priority 2) Central Europe. However, issues of "stronger networking" (Priority 3) and better governance (Priority 4) are addressed as well.
Dr. Bernd Diehl, head of both National Contact Points for CADSES and CENTRAL EUROPE, has been very familiar with the programme, the responsible institutions on national and international level and especially the German stakeholders for many years. Comprehensive support is offered to potential applicants as well as current and future project partners, ranging from the complex initial phase of project development to assistance with the implementation of approved projects as well as the completion of the project in question. In addition, the search for suitable partners is supported by the network of National Contact Points in the programme member states. Current developments of the programme, necessary documents and information relevant with regard to the implementation of the projects and also contact details of the ministries and institutions responsible for the Interreg programme in Germany are provided by the website of the National Contact Point CENTRAL EUROPE at the IOER (in German).