Interreg Central Europe 2021-2027 – News on the first call


Cooperation beyond borders, the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Program is preparing to raise the curtain on the 2021-2027 programming period.

The opening of the first call for the new Interreg Central Europe 2021-2027 European Territorial Cooperation program is expected shortly (October / November).

Centrocot, through the ENTeR – Expert Network on Textile Recycling project, within the Interreg Central Europe program, has already finalized in collaboration with UNIVA (Unione degli Industriali Provincia di Varese) and German, Czech Poles and Hungarians Partners important activities aimed at encouraging networking and research actions at national and European level. Through the ENTeR project, companies were encouraged to work with a view to Cricular Economy by enhancing industrial waste based on the characterization and classification of their properties and using an online platform (M3P Material Match Makink Platform) for the combination of “materials and waste” with industrial symbiosis actions. .

The new program will have a total endowment of approximately 225 million euros of ERDF funds and will affect the territories of 9 EU states, i.e. the entire territory of Austria, Croatia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia and Hungary, 8 lands and 1 region of Germany (Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg, Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen and the region of Braunschweig) and 9 regions of Italy (Piemonte, Valle d’Aosta, Lombardia, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Autonomous di Bolzano).

The first call is anticipated on the program website, it will be endowed with an indicative budget of 72 million euros, which will finance transnational cooperation projects focused on nine specific objectives included within the four priorities of the program:

  • Cooperating for a smarter Central Europe: On this priority line, € 22 million will be allocated to support that improve innovation capacities, encourage the adoption of advanced technologies and those that develop capacity for industrial transformation and entrepreneurship.
  • Cooperating for a greener Central Europe: With € 36 million, this priority will go to finance projects that address environmental challenges in Central Europe and help increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies, as well as projects that promote mobility sustainable urban.
  • Cooperating for a better connected Central Europe: In this priority, € 7 million is put in place for projects that improve transport links in rural regions and Central Europe and enhance sustainable, smart and intermodal transport, including links to the TEN-T corridors.
  • Improve governance for cooperation in Central Europe: € 7 million is allocated to support projects that improve the capacities of public authorities at all levels of institutions and implement integrated territorial development strategies through cooperation.

The call will be open to national, regional and local public bodies, private companies and institutions, international organizations. The projects must be carried out by a partnership of at least 3 subjects from 3 different countries, of which at least 2 must come from the territories eligible for the program.


Pending the official opening of the first “call for proposals”, interested organizations can join the community of the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Program ( and for more information, interested parties can also visit the Interreg Central Europe project website ( or contact:

Roberto Vannucci, Multisectoral Research & Innovation Manager:

Donatella Macchia Multisectoral Research & Innovation RAE

Author: Donatella Macchia

Centrocot Multisectoral Research and Innovation Dept.