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From 2012 until 2014 the urban regions of Halle/Leipzig, Wrocław, Prague, Graz and Torino exchanged on possibilities for better cooperation of metropolitan cities with their urban hinterland. On 24.09.2014 the partners discussed with the interested public, how to use European strategies and European policies to achieve the joint goals.

Furthermore the perspectives of strategic cooperation in Central Europe were evaluated, taking into account the discussion on macro-regional strategies in the EU.

Conference programme

Please find here the programme of the conference. The key notes were followed by panels on urban-rural and macro-regional cooperation.


CENTRAL EUROPE programme - achievements and outlook

Christophe Ebermann, Joint Technical Secretariat of the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme

Presentation (PDF - 0,8 MB)

Making Europe Open and Polycentric

Andreu Ulied, MCRIT Partner and Director, Lead Partner of the ET 2050 project

Presentation (PDF - 12 MB)

Urban-rural partnerships and the EU Urban Agenda – Outlook and perspectives

Władysław Piskorz, Competence Centre Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development, DG Regional and Urban Policy

Presentation (PDF - 0,2 MB)

Needs and issues of large-scale cooperation in Central Europe

Henning Finck, General Secretariat of the Elbe-Oder Union of Chambers

Presentation (PDF - 1,2 MB)

Results of the Policy Analysis - EU Funding Possibilities for Urban-Rural Partnerships in Europe

Jonas Scholze, German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development

Presentation (PDF - 0,7 MB)

Are there arguments for a Central European macro-regional strategy?

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Dühr, Radboud University Nijmegen

Presentation (PDF - 7,7 MB)

What is Central Europe?

Dr. Wilfried Görmar, Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development

Presentation (PDF - 1,1 MB)

The vision of the Central European Initiative on the opportunities for MRS synergy

Ugo Poli, Central European Initiative

Presentation (PDF - 0,4 MB)

Collection of photographs taken during the event

(c) Saxon State Ministry of the Interior / Norbert Millauer


Final publication

City-Regional Partnerships in Central Europe

Leaflets & newsletter

Project leaflet

Pilot leaflet

Transnational newsletter

No. 1  No. 2

This project has been implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF.