Why should I participate in a transnational Interreg project and how does it work? A joint applicant seminar of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region and CENTRAL EUROPE Programmes attracted 280 interested attendees, mostly from Poland. The event was organised on 23 February 2016 in the conference area of the newly opened Silesian Museum in Katowice, Poland.
The sessions and workshops were targeted at newcomers as well as at those more experienced in transnational cooperation. Poland is partner in both transnational cooperation areas, the Baltic Sea Region as well as in the Central Europe area. Adam Hamryszczak, Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Susanne Scherrer, Interreg Baltic Sea Region and Luca Ferrarese, Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE invited participants to make use of the opportunities both programmes are offering. Other sessions provided advice on how to develop a project idea or how to become a lead partner. Successful lead partners and partners shared their experiences. Click here to download presentations and the agenda from the event.
Networking breaks allowed for discussions and reflections. “What does Interreg mean to you?” Participants made associations such as: "Chance, awareness, networking", "International dimension and innovation", "Sharing and implementing ideas", "Innovation", "Application procedures", "Responsibility", "Challenge and opportunity", and "Proper communication” but also hinted towards “administrative workload”.
Selected quotes and snapshots from the seminar
“You will be able to reach out to people, who will carry on and institutionalise your project results.” Susanne Scherrer, Interreg Baltic Sea Region
„Result orientation is a must for all the projects and all the Programmes.“ Luca Ferrarese, Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE
“Interreg is not easy money. But it is worth it.” Grzegorz Boroń, City of Bydgoszcz.
“Smart specialisation will help to better focus innovative efforts in the region. We would like to see more regions involved in projects.” Marta Slezak-Warszycka, Interreg Baltic Sea Region.
“We can transform challenges into fascinating business opportunities for enterprises in our region.” Beata Fabisiak, BaltSe@nioR, Poznan University of Life Sciences.
The event was hosted by the Polish Ministry for Economic Development, the Interreg Baltic Sea Region and the CENTRAL EUROPE Programmes.