Association of Euroregions of the Czech Republic
There are a total of 13 Euroregions in the border regions of the Czech Republic, 9 of which are bilateral and 4 are trilateral:
Euroregion name /
Euroregion name in partner countries
NISA / Neisse, Nysa
LABE / Elbe
KRUŠNOHOŘÍ / Erzgebirge
EGRENSIS / Egrensis
ŠUMAVA / Bayerischer Wald, Mühlviertel
GLACENSIS / Glacensis
PRADĚD / Pradziad
SILESIA / Silesia
TĚŠÍNSKÉ SLEZSKO / Śląsk Cieszyński
BESKYDY / Beskidy, Beskydy
BÍLÉ KARPATY / Biele Karpaty
SILVA NORTICA / Waldviertel
Unlike euroregions, e.g. in Poland, where euroregions have been cooperating with each other for a long time within a network called "Forum of Polish Border Regions" and in 2012 they even established an association called the "Federation of Euroregions of the Republic of Poland", cooperation among Euroregions of all border regions of the Czech Republic was until recently only occasional (e.g. in the preparation of cross-border cooperation programmes for the new programming period) and intensified Euroregional cooperation took place mainly in individual border areas. Although the cooperation of the Euroregions of the Czech-Polish border is very intensive and exemplary, recently there has been a need to solve Euroregional problems and exchange experiences with euroregions of other border areas in the Czech Republic. The epresentatives of the Euroregion Nisa initiated a revival of cooperation of all Euroregions together with the idea of renewing the activities of the functioning Association of Euroregions of the Czech Republic, which since its founding has brought together only Euroregions on the Czech-German and Czech-Austrian borders and has stagnated completely in recent years.
On 28 July 2021, a Memorandum of Mutual Cooperation was inaugurated at the North Bohemian Museum in Liberec within the newly established platform of the Association of Euroregions of the Czech Republic. With this festive act, close cooperation was initiated among the signatories of the Memorandum on issues relating to current and future challenges for border regions and cross-border cooperation in all Czech border areas.
The Aim of the Association is to promote common interests within the European Union and to comment on the legislative base of cross-border cooperation at national and European level. Thanks to the new platform, Euroregions can better cooperate in the preparation of cross-border subsidy programmes for the period 2021-2027 and in the framework of these programmes in the preparation of small project funds, so that European funding is used for the real needs of these regions and their people. An equally important task for the Association is to work to reduce the administrative burden on the funds of small projects traditionally managed by Euroregions themselves, which mainly co-finance people-to-people projects.