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Fostering knowledge development


In Central Europe mobility of the workforce leads to a brain-drain of young and well-educated people in some regions, whereas other regions are attractive for receiving this workforce. In addition, Central Europe needs to make better use of the existing potentials of an increasingly diverse and aging society. Training and education need to enable all individuals to address the socio-economic changes and to obtain qualifications necessary in a knowledge-based economy.

Specific Objectives

The Area of Intervention aims at improving the framework for the knowledge development as it relates to human capital in order to ensure economic competitiveness, the connection of the educational system to the leading edge of technology and business practices, and availability of complementary knowledge from different actors. This will reinforce (transnational) links between relevant players such as decision makers, education and training facilities, research institutions, business sector, labour market organisations, and many other national, regional and local actors.

Please note: This Area of Intervention deals predominately with framework conditions for the development of human capital. Framework conditions for the generation and diffusion of knowledge are the main focus of Area of Intervention 1.1 and Area of Intervention 1.2, respectively.


  • Creating new and improving existing transnational educational and training networks in higher education (e.g. linking academic and business qualifications)
  • Implementing joint strategies and action plans for strengthening human resources and knowledge development
  • Putting joint strategies for managing demographic change, migration and brain-drain into action and
  • Establishing transnational cooperation between training facilities and labour market organisations
  • Promoting actions on the diffusion of technological and innovation results as well as on the importance of regional innovation systems
  • Other contents in line with the objectives of the Area of Intervention