Cohesion policy, for decades now, has been one of the main instruments of the European Union for promoting economic growth and achieving a more homogeneous level of development across all EU territories, stimulating in particular less developed and depressed regions. The funds set aside for cohesion policy represent almost a third of the total EU budget (392 billion Euros for 2021-2027).

The territories supported by these funds are often vulnerable in a variety of ways, but that doesn’t mean they are not rich in opportunities. Quite the contrary. Thanks to the project Work4Future, we will have the opportunity, using a bottom-up approach, to explore and tell these territories and challenges they face in all countries of South Eastern Europe which are members of the EU, from the valleys of Slovenia to the islands of Greece, focusing particulary on the impact of cohesion policy on employment opportunities.

OBC Transeuropa contributes to the project Work for Future together with Il Sole 24 Ore and ISSiRFA/CNR .




INNOVATION Romania's first smart street

Mihaela Iordache | 3/5/2022

In Romania, Cluj-Napoca is one of the cities that have most believed in European planning, investing most of the funds in sustainability and new technologies

ENVIRONMENT United against plastic in the protected areas of the Mediterranean

Marco Ranocchiari | 10/5/2022

Scientific research and good practices. These are the two main elements that for some years have brought together researchers and volunteers from Italy, Spain, Greece, Albania, Croatia, and Slovenia in the fight to safeguard the protected natural areas of the Mediterranean from plastics

TECHNOLOGY Science and work: how to relaunch Gabrovo, the "Bulgarian Manchester"

Gabrovo | Francesco Martino | 14/4/2022

Gabrovo, in central Bulgaria, used to be one of the country's main industrial centres: to relaunch it, the city university has launched a Centre of Competence, to reconnect the academia and the business world and foster research and training

SOLIDARITY Cohesion funds: what do they do for migrants and refugees?

Klaudijo Klaser | 21/4/2022

With the EU facing the challenge of giving shelter to millions of displaced people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, it is useful to see what, in the context of cohesion policies, has been done on the issue of reception and development in recent years

REPORTAGE Croatia: thinking with your feet

Giovanni Vale | 29/3/2022

Their father used to produce shoes, but Domagoj and Hrvoje have led the family business into a green, sustainable turn

SEAS European macro-regions: digitalisation and data sharing for safer and more sustainable maritime transport

Serena Epis | 17/3/2022

Digitalisation and technological innovation are key to the development of the European maritime industry. Digital services for communicating data and information are essential to ensure safer and more sustainable navigation in European waters

INTERVIEW Green networks in the Balkans

Serena Epis | 10/3/2022

Protection of birdlife, ecological corridors that connect the Dinaric area to the Alps, sharing of good practices: the ecological association BIOM talks about its many years of experience and the creation of green networks in the region

ECONOMY From Norway to Romania: we want to stay in the mountains

Davide Sighele | 8/3/2022

2022 has been proclaimed by the United Nations "International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development". For the occasion, the Euromontana association promoted an interesting survey among young European mountain people

RESOURCES Water, a common plan for the two shores of the Adriatic

Marco Ranocchiari | 22/3/2022

"The Adriatic is the final common destination of the waters of the whole region, and therefore must be safeguarded with a common method and as a common good". The CrossWater project looks to the two Adriatic shores and the sustainable management of water services

EUROPEAN UNION Croatia and Serbia, the advantages of a good neighbourhood policy

Belgrade | Nicola Dotto | 24/2/2022

Dozens of projects, hundreds of partners involved, nine cross-border regions thinking together about their future. A review of the Cross-border Cooperation Programme between Croatia and Serbia








This material is published in the framework of the "Work4Future" project co-financed by the European Union (EU). The EU is in no way responsible for the information or views expressed within the framework of the project. The responsibility for the contents lies solely with OBC Transeuropa.