20.10.2018

Kapitalisierungs-Call in 2019

Am 1. und 2. Oktober fand im Ministerium für Infrastruktur und Landwirtschaft in Erfurt die 8. Sitzung des CENTRAL EUROPE Begleitausschusses statt. Die Vertreter der 9 Mitgliedstaaten kamen zusammen, um über die Eckpunkte des letzten Calls der aktuellen Förderperiode zu diskutieren und erste Entscheidungen zu treffen.

Zur Ausgangslage: Mit der Genehmigung der Projekte im 3. Call, die im Januar 2019 erwartet wird, sind die im Programm verfügbaren Mittel fast vollständig gebunden, so dass für den 4. Call nur mehr ca. 10 Mio. € zur Verfügung stehen. Nach intensiver Diskussion wurden für den sogenannten Kapitalisierungs-Call Eckpunkte formuliert, die dazu dienen sollen

  1. die Ergebnisse der aktuell laufenden 85 Projekte auf der lokalen und regionalen Ebene breiter aufzustellen (downstreaming of results),

  2. die Integration der Ergebnisse bei der politischen Umsetzung auf der jeweils relevanten Verwaltungsebene zu unterstützen (upstreaming of results),

  3. die Koordinierung der Projektergebnisse mit anderen EU-Instrumenten wie beispielsweise Horizon 2020 zu ermöglichen (coordination).

Der Aufruf für den Call erfolgt im Frühjahr des nächsten Jahres, und potenziellen Interessenten wird bis voraussichtlich Mitte 2019 Zeit eingeräumt, ihre Vorschläge zu formulieren. Die exakten Details zu der thematischen und formalen Ausgestaltung des Calls werden im Januar 2019 auf der Internetseite des gemeinsamen Sekretariats in Wien veröffentlicht.

Zu Beginn der Sitzung des transnationalen Begleitausschusses Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE begrüßte der Staatssekretär des Thüringischen Ministeriums für Infrastruktur und Landwirtschaft, Dr. Klaus Sühl, die anwesenden Vertreter der Mitgliedstaaten. Er betonte dabei die besondere Bedeutung der transnationalen Zusammenarbeit im Rahmen des Interreg Programms für das Land Thüringen und die Region Mitteldeutschland. Nachfolgend finden Sie die wesentlichen Punkte aus der Rede Dr. Sühls vom 1. Oktober 2018:

"For more than 20 years the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme has been an important tool for tangible cooperation. We have contributed to increasing solidarity and economic well-being beyond borders, by financing hundreds of cooperation projects and partnerships across the heart of Europe, building and strengthening links from west to east and from north to south. During the last decades, Thuringia as well as the other East German federal states and the eastern and south-eastern European member states have gained mutual profit from the international cooperation created by this programme. Apart from each project’s immediate output, most of all the cooperation and learning processes among actors at different institutional and administrative levels are decisive benefits and play an important role for joint spatial development. Measures created in the various functional areas and networks often exist beyond the duration of a project life cycle.

With the so-called "European Territorial Cooperation" (ETC) the EU is currently promoting cross-border, transnational, maritime and interregional cooperation between European regions, known as Interreg V ["five"] A, B and Interreg Europe. With the draft of the Multiannual Financial Framework for the period from 2021 to 2027, € 8.4 billion out of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) are announced for ETC. In the proposal for an ETC-regulation of 29 May 2018, the Commission presented its substantial ideas for the next generation of Interreg programmes. The entire implementation of this proposal would entail far-reaching changes in ETC. Especially the fact that the European Commission is considering the discontinuation of the transnational cooperation programme “Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE” in the next programming period would have tremendous effects for Thuringia. It would negatively affect the functionality of established networks and reduce cohesion across the region.

Thuringia like many other Central European regions still is struggling with challenges like a weak economic structure, demographic issues like shrinking and aging population, climate change, just to name the most important. These challenges of Member States and regions do not stop at borders. What is needed here are mutually agreed and regionally related approaches. Only cooperation makes it possible to develop suitable options for specific regions. The European Territorial Cooperation therefore was and hopefully in the future still is, an important means to create ideas based on international experience to deal with challenges and find common solutions.

The state government of Thuringia and I as the responsible Secretary of State for Interreg B strongly believe, that options proposed by the European Commission for the future generation of Interreg programmes should also include a dedicated programme for Central Europe. Therefore, Thuringia and all the other East German states within the Central Europe programme area, have sent a joint letter to the commissioner of regional policy Ms. Cre?u to ask for reconsideration of the envisaged discontinuation of Central Europe.

Also, in the course of the German Ministerial Conference on Spatial Planning (Ministerkonferenz für Raumordnung MKRO), all German federal states generally agreed to advocate the maintenance of funding in all regions and the support of Interreg within all three dimensions. As you can see, within Germany there is a broad consensus that the transnational cooperation Programme "CENTRAL EUROPE” should continue in the new funding period.

Taking into consideration that cohesion nowadays is threatened by major social and political changes, especially stability, mutual trust and a cooperation culture at the heart of Europe have to be secured and reinforced. Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE is a crucial instrument for keeping up strategic dialogue between eastern and western European countries for mutual growth."