Regional Triangle of Weimar - an INTERREG IIIC project

The State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the voivodeship, or province, of Silesia (Poland) and the French region of Nord-Pas de Calais have intensified their co-operation in a now larger Europe.

Under the leadership of the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia, they succeeded in placing the Regional Triangle of Weimar project in the INTERREG IIIC programme which ran until the spring of 2007. The project, which began with three regional conferences and three thematic conferences in March 2004, was a so-called "Regional Framework Operation (RFO)".

Already in the application phase, ZENIT supported the regional partners and was also commissioned with the task of project management as RFO secretariat. In addition, ZENIT was the central contact point for all the project partners from North Rhine-Westphalia and co-ordinated the regional activities in the framework of the project. Core topics were "Industrial Restructuring", "Social Policy" and "Modern Administration".

In the two calls for proposals in 2004 and 2005, a total of 29 applications were submitted, of which 15 projects were approved by the Project Management Committee. The projects, which were always trilateral, came from the areas listed above. "Industrial Restructuring" projects focused on the regeneration of derelict industrial sites, the development of small and medium-sized enterprises and the support of innovation and technology. "Social Policy" projects centred on the employability of young persons, the long-term employed, the disabled and senior citizens whilst "Modern Administration" projects were concerned with the training of public sector employees at municipal and regional level and municipal eGovernment.
Detailed information about the project can be found on the project website www.trireg.net.