Creating a Europe closer to citizens means fostering the sustainable and integrated territorial development of urban, rural and coastal areas through local initiatives.
Our programme helps local, regional and national governments across Europe to develop and deliver better regional development policies in this field.
We create opportunities for sharing solutions to regional development issues, for exchanging good practices and for policy learning via our two pillars: our interregional cooperation projects and our Policy Learning Platform.
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To foster the integrated and inclusive social, economic and environmental development, cultural, natural heritage sustainable tourism and security in urban areas.
Projects and project ideas
Get inspired by our approved projects or explore one of these CITIZENS project ideas. Then, discover how you can get involved in interregional cooperation by preparing your own project proposal.
CITIZENS project ideas
Night-Time Economy Strategies (NITIES)
Biocultural heritage employment for green rural innovation and sustainability
THE CITY OF PROXIMITIES: ENHANCING PROXIMITY SERVICES IN PERIPHERAL AREAS
Rural branding for sustainable living, working & entrepreneurship
Revitalisation of historic settlements
Exploration opportunities in Namibia
Social learning and awareness raising about coastal change
Educational strategies around the cultural landscape
Sustainable development strategies: local food as key for rural development
ALPSCHOOLSBuilding renovation for innovative learning spaces in the alpine territories
Enhancing the mountain's cultural and professional heritage with young people.
BALENTES - Villages as Agents of Change & Sustainable Communities of Europe
TOURISM and SDGs
"Reclaim the streets!"-policy making and community actions for liveable cities
Explore all the policy solutions our projects and policy experts have identified on the topic of CITIZENS. Read through our policy briefs and good practices. Watch our webinar recordings. Download the conclusions for past workshops and peer reviews.
De Nieuwe Mark
Rising awareness about the traditional irrigation system in the Vega Baja region
Provincial Water Board
Blue routes: Alicante’s Hydrogeological Heritage
THESEUS Project – Innovative coastal technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate
Reconnecting Aarhus to the Sea: Urban Mediaspace
Water Museum of Esztergom-a way of showing water-based heritages and the climate change
SACHER (Smart Architecture for Cultural Heritage in Emilia-Romagna)
The Uncovering of The River Aarhus (1992-2015)
Bridge Guard Residential Art / Science Centre- a way of preserving cultural heritage
Development in dialogue
LIFE - PLETERA
EBRO - ADMICLIM
Overtopping Breakwater for Wave Energy Conversion at Port of Naples
CITIZENS policy solutions
Entrepreneurial opportunities in the Silver Economy in rural regionsIn this article, learn about the challenges and opportunities that Europe's ageing population can bring to the economy and businesses!
Replay available: Next generation policymakersMore than 150 participants, 10 talented speakers around an important subject: why continuous learning and cooperation helps policymakers to face today and tomorrow's challenges. Watch the recording.
Key learnings of the webinar on Smart VillagesOn 28 June 2022, the Policy Learning Platform organised a webinar on the topic of Smart Villages. Learn about the key insights and good practice to turn your village smart!
Mobilising citizen financing for renewablesWatch the recording and access the key learnings of the webinar on mobilising citizen financing for renewables that took place on 5 May 2022.
Cultural routes in EuropeDiscover the transnational routes that help tourists discover how Europeans have lived since ancient times. This policy brief presents the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes Programme, the EU’s policies on Cultural Routes, and good practices.
Cultural heritage in mountain regionsRead this policy brief and get an overview of EU initiatives that local and regional authorities should refer to for boosting sustainable development in mountain areas through the valorisation of the cultural heritage.
Webinar recording: The value of cooperation for EU outermost regionsWatch the recording and explore the key learnings from the online event dedicated to EU outermost regions.
Off the beaten track: Regional strategies boosting tourism through heritageLearn about Granada Geopark's success story which saw an increase of visitors by changing its Provincial Strategy with a focus on sustainable tourism
Built cultural heritageExplore successful approaches and solutions in protecting, conserving and valorising of heritage buildings of cultural and historical value.
Adapting historic buildings for educational usesOld heritage buildings can provide a space for education, skill development and learning while keeping the historic value.
Digital technologies and museums: post-pandemic experiencesDigital technologies and museums: discover experiences and opportunities in the post-pandemic period.
Rural tourism based on local heritage and gastronomyGet inspired by the Interreg Europe OUR WAY project to develop sustainable tourism in rural areas.
Maritime cultural heritageTake a look at how regions are preserving old fishery wharfs and a municipality by turning them into maritime cultural heritage.
Webinar on Cultural RoutesLearn about the cultural routes in Northern Greece and the riverside territory in Spain and Portugal from our latest webinar
HERICOAST Toolbox – Improving Heritage Policies in Coastal and Fluvial RegionsMany fluvial and coastal regions across Europe seek to strengthen the management of their heritage.
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News and events
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