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Interreg Germany – Denmark

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  • Programme Thematic Objectives

    • A smarter Europe – innovative and smart economic transformation

        RSO 1.1 Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies

        • Examples of activities assessed, as suitable contributions to achieving the programme goals:
          a) Development, expansion, mutual use and strengthening of testing and co-creation facilities. Such facilities can be: Co-working spaces, Startup camps, FabLabs and similar
          b) Connection and exchange of experience of technological clusters on both sides of the border by means of cross-cluster cooperation
          c) Increased exchange of experience and further development of application-oriented cooperation between universities and between universities and companies
          d) Capacity building in cluster and network cooperation with a view to increased activities in the field of innovation and applied research
          e) Initiation and expansion of public-private innovation cooperation within the strength positions
          f) Development and support of strategic partnerships, including triple/quattro helix collaborations and socially innovative partnerships
          g) Development and implementation of innovative and sustainable solutions and processes in the health and welfare sector, e.g. involving users, patients and citizens
          h) Identification, development and implementation of innovative projects and network activities arising from the construction of the Fehmarnbelt link. The cooperation is intended to support optimal utilisation of knowledge-based resources and create conditions that will make the region a possible powerhouse in the field of research, development with the technological solutions and commercial opportunities that will follow with the construction measure.
          i) Development and implementation of innovative products and applications, particularly within the strengths of the programme area.
          j) Development and implementation of solutions, test facilities and services in future technologies
          k) Development of measures that support companies in developing and scaling innovations
          l) Promotion of entrepreneurship
          m) Development and implementation of an annual "Future/Innovation Festival" to discuss future issues in the programme region.

    • A greener, low-carbon Europe

        RSO 2.3 Developing smart energy systems, grids and storage outside the Trans-European Energy Network (TEN-E)

        • Examples of activities, assessed as suitable contributions to achieving the programme goals:
          a) Developing common solutions in terms of energy consumption, production methods, network planning, energy saving opportunities, etc.
          b) Development of innovative solutions in the field of renewable energies and energy storage
          c) Development of new technological solutions and materials, e.g. B. in the areas of electrolysis, battery storage, solar technology
          d) Identification of opportunities and obstacles to establishing cross-border energy systems
          e) Development of intelligent energy systems at local level, including intelligent electricity distribution grids, in a cross-border context
          f) Consideration of regional planning requirements and promotion of the acceptance of systems for the generation of renewable energies in the population
          g) Experiments by energy suppliers with cross-border energy systems (e.g. cross-border virtual power plant) in cooperation with suppliers of technological solutions and/or local consumers
          h) Development of know-how for the storage of energy (in particular Power-to-X, green hydrogen)
          i) Development of innovative solutions in the field of power electronics and intelligent control, etc. in the fields of transport and the food industry,
          j) Development of intelligent methods for controlling energy flows (e.g. through charging stations for electric vehicles)
          k) Development of networked regional energy infrastructures for the use of surplus electrical and thermal energy on a cross-border level, including the use of waste heat from production plants and sewage treatment plants
          l) Development of solutions for heat supply networks using renewable energies, including cross-border exchange of experiences
          m) Sensitisation of citizens and companies with regard to intelligent control of energy consumption and improvement of energy efficiency

        RSO 2.4 Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention and resilience, taking into account eco-system based approaches

        • Examples of activities, assessed as suitable contributions to achieving the programme goals:
          a) Networking, exchange of experience and coordination of measures in the field of climate change adaptation, disaster prevention and resilience across borders to make innovative solutions and opportunities visible, e.g. by creating a cross-border platform
          b) Networking of knowledge and research institutions, clusters, public actors and SMEs,
          c) Development of digital solutions in relation to climate adaptation measures through cross-border use of data, e.g. monitoring systems
          d) Taking stock of the needs to prevent disasters caused by climate change-related storm surges and floods, including studying the implications of different solutions for different ecosystems or specific economic sectors through scenario building or through demonstration projects
          e) Development of technical and nature-based solutions, possibly including possible uses for tourism
          f) Development of cross-border preparedness plans or systems
          g) Knowledge building to identify connections between groundwater rise and geological conditions in the subsoil of cities, including proposals for dealing with the resulting challenges
          h) Identification of constraints and barriers to climate change adaptation, disaster prevention and resilience, including development of recommendations for appropriate political and administrative measures
          i) Engaging local communities and citizens as an asset in climate change adaptation, disaster prevention and resilience, including actions to raise awareness and awareness of these issues in the regional context
          j) Preservation of cultural heritage against climatic influences
          k) Identifying opportunities to use industrial and urban spaces for climate solutions in combination with promoting biodiversity
          l) Development and testing of solutions for climate change adaptation, disaster prevention and resilience through changed use of forests, fields and (near the coast) meadows and pastures

    • A more social Europe implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights

        RSO 4.2 Improving equal access education, training and lifelong

        • Examples of activities, assessed as suitable contributions to achieving the programme goals:
          All learning and training opportunities developed within the framework of these measures must be designed in such a way that they are accessible to people with disabilities.
          a) Development of training measures for employees in relation to the new challenges, the opportunities in future technologies or in areas that are affected by the shortage of skilled workers
          b) Development, testing and implementation of educational offers for cross-border use in the program region in the areas of school education, professional orientation, training and further education (also pilot projects)
          c) Operation of a competence center or a clearing house "Gemeinsame Bildung Deutschland-Danmark", which conceptually supports the planning and implementation of cross-border educational offers
          d) Development and implementation of pilot projects to improve the link between working life, primary and secondary education, in order to offer young people a better and more informed basis for making their choice of professional education
          e) Development of measures to include young people in the training system who are not connected to training centres or the labour market
          f) Train-the-trainer/teacher measures to strengthen the intercultural and professional skills of teachers in cross-border cooperation (including language acquisition)
          g) Promotion of the comparison and certification of training systems with a view to double degrees
          h) Exchange of staff of the educational institutions, pupils, students, doctoral candidates, trainees, including the possible establishment of an exchange portal and internship offers including host families (including language acquisition)
          i) Development of digital tools to promote cross-border exchange and self-study language learning
          j) Planning and implementation of cross-border career fairs

        RSO 4.6 Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism

        • Examples of activities, assessed as suitable contributions to achieving the programme goals:
          a) Network cooperation in the field of tension between sustainable cultural and nature tourism offers;
          b) Network cooperation and development of sustainable cultural and natural offers that increase the attractiveness at local/regional level for citizens and potential immigrants and can thus contribute to strengthening the general attractiveness of the programme area;
          c) Development and implementation of new joint innovative and creative offers (culture, nature) in the programme area for tourists and citizens;
          d) Digitisation and competence development of tourism and cultural actors in the context of behaviour change, new target groups and needs resulting from COVID-19 and development of new/adapted common sustainable products and offers;
          e) Concept development for sustainability and resilience of the cultural and tourism sectors based on the lessons of COVID-19, e.g. through education, digitisation, social innovation, circular business models and diversification;
          f) Knowledge sharing and transfer between cultural and tourism actors across borders, in particular as a result of COVID-19;
          g) Networking and capacity building across borders with a focus on activities that aim to make the program region attractive by further developing and using the strengths of the program region in the areas of culture and nature
          h) Use of the potential of the unique location of the programme area between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea by promoting a form of tourism that is particularly gentle in terms of natural areas and sustainability;
          i) Development of products in the field of creative industries that contribute to the program goal of improving the attractiveness of the program area.

    • A better cooperation governance

        RSO 6.2 Enhance efficient public administration

        • Examples of activities, assessed as suitable contributions to achieving the programme goals:
          a) Cooperation and cross-border coordination of administrations and institutions in all subject areas that improve cross-border cooperation and strengthen cross-border capacity building through mutual exchange, for the benefit and to make visible the cross-border added value for the citizens of the region
          b) Employee exchanges and internships, including knowledge transfer in administrations and institutions, in order to gain knowledge about the other's working methods, framework conditions and responsibilities, to improve competence and to strengthen cross-border capacities and as a basis for further strategic cooperation
          c) Establishment of a sustainable, needs-oriented (virtual) pool or a knowledge database in order to bundle accumulated knowledge and know-how as well as possible solutions for the reduction of cross-border obstacles in the programme region and to identify key actors. These tools can be made available to other and new actors so that they too can learn and benefit from them. Development and expansion of thematic strategies and action plans outside of the implementation of the Interreg programme in the narrower sense, in particular by the programme partners and other central actors in the programme area
          d) Carrying out feasibility studies for new, particularly strategic projects between administrations and institutions, which are subsequently anchored with the partners.

        RSO 6.3 Build up mutual trust

        • Examples of activities, assessed as suitable contributions to achieving the programme goals:
          a) Promotion of citizen projects through targeted public relations work, PR campaigns, knowledge sharing, organisation of citizens' meetings and by supporting existing cooperation between clubs and the like. in different areas. Concrete examples include cross-border events where citizens meet
          b) Youth program DK-DE: Planning and implementation of projects with exchange and encounters between young people in the form of study trips and association cooperation, where contacts are strengthened and continued
          c) Promoting the support and development of cooperation between cross-border clubs and associations
          d) "Training" of volunteers working in German-Danish cooperation, including acquisition of German-Danish language skills and intercultural skills
          e) Promotion of language and intercultural competence, e.g. B. through the development of modern teaching materials, situation and context-based language offers with appropriate teaching materials for children, young people and adults
          f) Language courses and cultural workshops to promote German-Danish intercultural understanding of the project partnership and/or towards the project's target groups
          g) In addition, the smaller projects of the fund within the specific objective (4.2) can serve as pilot projects and tools to test innovative ideas and tools with a view to further cross-border cooperation in a "bigger" project in the same priority or in other priorities

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Interreg Germany-Danmark – this is how it works

For the period 2021-2027, Interreg Deutschland-Danmark will receive a grant of around EUR 94 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). German-Danish cooperation projects are funded in the different priorities of the programme.

Two programme bodies have been set up for the administration and implementation of the Interreg programme, which see themselves as one unit and work closely together.

The administrative authority in Kiel is primarily responsible for the proper implementation of the programme. The Interreg Secretariat is located on the German-Danish border in Kruså (Denmark) and is responsible for project generation, advice and support as well as public relations. Both administrative bodies are responsible for both the German and the Danish actors in their respective areas of responsibility. The employees are bilingual, so the programme administration also practices cross-border cooperation.

Programme area & programme partners

The German-Danish cooperation between the southern parts of Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein has a long tradition and at the same time has different characteristics.

Today’s programme area and thus the funding region for Interreg Germany-Danmark includes the Syddanmark and Sjælland regions on the Danish side and the districts of North Frisia, Ostholstein, Plön, Rendsburg-Eckernförde and Schleswig-Flensburg on the German side, as well as the independent cities of Flensburg, Kiel and Lübeck and Neumunster.

The programme partners jointly focus on structural, thematic and strategic priorities for the further development of the German-Danish region.

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  • Interreg-Sekretariat in Kruså

  • +45 7663 8230
  • Flensborgvej 26a
    DK-6340 Kruså
    • Christina Ehlers, Communications Officer

    • +45 7663 8236
      +45 2461 1095
    • Charlotte H. Andersen, Project Officer

    • +45 7663 8237
      +45 2461 1421
    • Dr. Charlotte Steffen, Project Consultant

    • +45 7663 8239
      +45 2054 0868
    • Niels Christian Warming, Project Consultant

    • + 45 7663 8231
    • Jane Guldbrand-Hansen, Project Consultant

    • +45 7663 8234
      +45 2920 1395
    • Annika Bock, Project Consultant

    • +45 7663 8230
      +45 2461 1118
    • Patrick Bertulies Schmidt, Student Assistant

    • +45 7663 8242
    • Nane Sievertsen, Student Assistant

    • +45 7663 8235
  • Investment Bank Schleswig-Holstein - Susanne Koch (Head)

  • +49 431 9905 3531
  • Zur Helling 5-6, 24143 Kiel

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