Bridge 2 Europe

The project "Bridge 2 Europe" aims to strengthen the adaptability of local authorities and public actors to demographic and structural change through increased networking and cooperation with inter-regional actors. In this context, an important contribution is made by municipalities and other local authorities who take part in EU projects from the EU action programs, INTERREG, and regional support services for transnational project activities. European programs enable participants to exchange experiences and to develop joint strategies and approaches. Through participating in these programs, municipalities can more efficiently use scopes for design in various political areas and create synergies with local and regional (funding) initiatives. For example: through participating in EU projects regarding the labor market and employment, a close-knit international network is created and direct as well as indirect effects for the labor market can be achieved. As a result, municipalities learn to better cope with demographic, technological and social change, and to persist in the competition for skilled labor and investments through higher attractiveness.

The EU Service-Agency is primarily aimed at municipalities and associated institutions. In addition, the offer is aimed at federations, foundations, ministries or non-governmental organizations with an interest in interregional cooperation. Associations, particularly those involved in the municipal area (partnership associations) as well as public companies or municipally supported private companies are also potential customers of the EU service agency.

The EU Service-Agency essentially offers three modules:

  • Module 1: Information and Public Relations, general Activation
    This module includes providing basic information on the above mentioned programs and topics, for example online and in the handbook "EU support for local authorities". Furthermore we regularly provide information on these topics at our own events, give guest lectures at relevant external events, and continue established information and networking events such as the Co-operation platform.
  • Module 2: Individual customer care regarding projects
    This module includes individual counselling of the above mentioned customers in a variety of ways as well as finding fitting partners for European cooperation projects - among others in the form of brokerage events and various formats suited for idea and project development.
  • Module 3: Enhancing the institutional capacity and efficiency of public administration to participate in inter-regional projects and supporting local municipalities in strengthening their inter-regional strategy development
    Within this module we realize in-house workshops, offer training for employees of local authorities and conduct study visits to partner regions of the EU Service-Agency as well as internationalization workshops. In addition we keep expanding the well proven format "Network of local EU contacts".

The EU service agency is in a constant exchange of experiences and a transnational knowledge transfer with its international partners, who develop project ideas and search for German partners on a regular basis. Through networking with other counseling institutions in Saxony-Anhalt, we create synergies to better support their projects.