Multilateral partnership

CENTROPE as an initiative of regions and cities

CENTROPE is a joint initiative of the Austrian Federal Provinces of Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland, the Czech Region of South Moravia, the Slovak Regions of Bratislava and Trnava, the Hungarian Counties of Győr-Moson-Sopron and Vas as well as the Cities of Bratislava, Brno, Eisenstadt, Győr, Sopron, St. Pölten, Szombathely and Trnava. On the basis of the Kittsee Declaration of 2003, they work jointly towards the creation of the Central European Region in this four-country quadrangle.

CENTROPE as a political process

At its heart, the CENTROPE initiative harbours a political process that enables the partner regions and cities to agree on the shape and content of their co-operation. This political dimension of the Central European Region finds its expression in the regular Political Conferences of governors, region and county presidents and mayors. The next Political Conference will take place in 2011 in Hungary.

CENTROPE as a development partnership for future-oriented issues and sectors

At the project level, experts from the fields of administration, research, business and civil society are working in the context of CENTROPE CAPACITY to deepen cooperative relations and to draft and develop common strategies, measures and activities. These efforts include multilateral CENTROPE development boards as well as e.g. the expertise of business agencies. CENTROPE pilot projects, too, have resulted in more detailed knowledge regarding the potential of cooperative development within CENTROPE. However, the most important objective lies in the establishment and testing of a viable transnational structure for the partnership-based control – “governance” – of cooperation in the region as a whole.

CENTROPE as a work and development process

The CENTROPE Steering Committee and the CENTROPE Agency guide the development process and are responsible for its operative implementation. The Steering Committee is a forum for discussion among the regions and cities involved regarding the goals of cooperation in the Central European Region and the form these efforts should take. This is the central body of the CENTROPE project; maintaining close contacts with the political level, its presidency will rotate every six months between the four participating countries.