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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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
Sustainable urban development strategy
Cultural Routes as the driving force to relaunch sustainable growth of the Abruzzo region
Future university campus
Policies for Brownfields Greening
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
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.
Rising awareness about the traditional irrigation system in the Vega Baja region
THESEUS Project – Innovative coastal technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate
Water Museum of Esztergom-a way of showing water-based heritages and the climate change
SACHER (Smart Architecture for Cultural Heritage in Emilia-Romagna)
Bridge Guard Residential Art / Science Centre- a way of preserving cultural heritage
Overtopping Breakwater for Wave Energy Conversion at Port of Naples
CITIZENS policy solutions
Rethinking local policies: Bringing back nature to the cityExplore the key learnings of our workshop on Bringing back nature to the city that took place in Ghent.
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.
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.
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
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.
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News and events
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