The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

Research Project: Cross-border cooperations to support an interconnected developing region in Central Europe

Project briefing

Starting point of the analysis was the cross-border projects that have been implemented in cooperation with Poland and the Czech Republic in the expiring programming period of INTERREG IIIA and their effects that go beyond the original project objectives. The aim was to draw conclusions on promising future projects in the extended border region including large centres such as Berlin, Poznan, Wroclaw or Prague and centres of transnational relevance.

Cause and initial situation

In 2007, the Operational Programmes for the new Structural Funding period 2007-2013 were developed, evaluations were accomplished, strategical environmental assessments were operated and coordination with the positions of economic and social partners was sought. This affects the Programme planning for the new Objective 3 "European Terrritorial Cooperation" which replaces the previous Community Initiative INTERREG. Within the Objective, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) concentrates support on cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperations.

Objective and purpose of the project

While preparing own transnational projects, Germany faces the question which projects are of a special Federal interest, which partners can be won for these projects and how implementation can be realised.

Therefore, the aim of this research project was to find out which projects and project approaches in the extended German-Polish and German-Czech border regions were promising also from the transnational point of view. These project approaches should fulfil the requirements and needs of the Federation, the Länder and the regions. At the same time, they should stimulate large-scale networking into a Central European development region. Initial point of the analysis was the evaluation of cross-border INTERREG IIIA projects carried out in cooperation with Poland and the Czech Republic in the expiring funding period. The analysis, systematisation and evaluation of relevant projects may result in indications for the strategic alignment of transnational projects. Those projects are of primary interest that may generate certain effects and benefits for the extended border region.

The results of the project were supposed to support the project development process within transnational programmes for Central Europe and, if applicable, for the Baltic Sea Region. The results should further be used to select projects which will be funded within the German Federal programme "Transnational Cooperation".

The project was carried out by the Regionomica GmbH consultancy in Berlin, Germany.


  • Jens Kurnol
    Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development
    Division RS 3 "European Spatial and Urban Development"
    Phone: +49 228 99401-2304

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