A historic occasion
The 1989 turnabout in European politics, open borders and the European integration process provided the current Central European Region with the historic occasion of moving back from the periphery to the centre. As a consequence of this deep-rooted change, all CENTROPE partner regions and cities are today part of the EU, apply the same European laws, are situated within one common market and expanding currency union, benefit from the dismantling of national borders and are represented on an equal footing in the European institutions. As in the past, they once more share a recovered Central European space with close social, economic and cultural interdependencies, where borders drawn as a result of 20th-century political events are increasingly losing their importance.