Last March 14th, a one-day workshop was hosted In the Competence Centre for Renewable Resources (KoNaRo) in Straubing, Germany, to provide insights to potential applicants of the fourth call for tenders of the Interreg Europe Programme. Organised by EuropaRegion Donau-Moldau, the workshop offered to the approximately 40 attendees the opportunity to join a panel discussion about "ways to success: experiences and lessons learned" during the implementation of Interreg Europe projects and inputs on the eligibility criteria and tips for applying to the next call. 

At the beginning of the event, Edmund Langer, Managing Director from CARMEN and Deputy KoNaRo spokesman, gave an insight into the three-pillar Model of Gäubodenstadt: the TUM Campus Straubing, the technology and promotion centre and CARMEN. Following his introduction, Markus Pannermayr, Major of Straubing city, expressed his interest in far-reaching and future-oriented projects to be undertaken in Bavaria in cooperation with other regions and countries in Europe.

Afterwards, Verena Pfeffer, Funding Advisor for Transnational and interregional EU programs, explained the programme and the eligibility criteria for future applicants, in which the 28 EU countries as well as Switzerland and Norway are involved. These cooperation projects are expected to last between three and four years and are supported with a budget of up to two million euros, being up to 85% of the total budget funded from the European Regional Development Fund.

IMPACT project was presented by Fernando Pinillos and Steffanie Burger, EUROPARC Federation representatives involved in its implementation. In this presentation, a special emphasis in EUROPARC Federation’s task as Communications Manager and Advisory Partner was given, offering a different perspective on the role that partners can play when implementing Interreg Europe projects. The other speakers from INNOBRIDGE (Austria) and SOCIAL SEEDS (Czech Republic)  presented their current projects focused in research and innovation and competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises priority lines of the programme respectively.

A final panel discussion was hosted and moderated by Dr. Thomas Bonn from the Bavarian Ministry of State Finances before the closure of the event. In it, the presenters were asked about their experience in building "paths to success” and “lessons learned " acquainted during their work within Interreg Europe programme.