The Central Bohemian Region is aware of the importance of interregional and international cooperation within Europe and attaches great importance to it. Therefore, as of its establishment, the region has striven for good foreign relations that would benefit the area's citizens. The cooperation of the Central Bohemian Region with European and non-European regions takes place mainly in the fields of tourism, regional development, innovative technologies, investment opportunities, culture, education, sports, and to a lesser extent, also in the area of social affairs. Furthermore, meetings and information exchanges with partner regions are essential for the local government, as they offer mutually enjoyable stimuli for everyday work.
Cooperation of four partner regions or the so-called 4-Agreement
The region concluded its first international agreement in 2001 with the French Burgundy Region. That was followed in 2003 by a four-party declaration on cooperation between the Central Bohemian Region, the Burgundy Region, the Opole Voivodeship in Poland, and the German Land of Rhineland-Palatinate. This so-called network of 4 regional partners (4-Agreement) was, at the time of its establishment, the first project, which brought together participants from member and candidate regions of the European Union and created mainly projects focused on mobility and youth education. Still, in recent years the cooperation has significantly extended also to other areas, such as innovation and tourism.
Extending the partnership to Poland and Slovakia
Other partners of the Central Bohemian Region include, for example, the Mazowieckie Voivodeship, the Bratislava Self-Governing Region, the Chinese Province of Sichuan, the Italian Veneto Region, the Pest County in Hungary. In 2018, a cooperation agreement was signed with the Lower Silesia Voivodeship in Poland. In September 2019, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Central Bohemian Region and the Kyiv Region (Ukraine).
The coronavirus crisis has shown the importance of cooperation.
The importance of the partnership of individual regions was also manifested, for example, during the coronavirus crisis in 2020, when despite challenging working conditions, we managed to share valuable information and experience, especially among the Central Bohemian Region, the Bratislava Self-Governing Region and the Polish Mazowieckie Voivodeship. Furthermore, the importance of interregional cooperation, especially in difficult times, was also proven when the Central Bohemian Region provided financial support to one of the regions most affected by coronavirus – the Lazio Region in Italy.
In which areas do regions most often cooperate?
Cooperation with European and non-European regions take place mainly in the fields of culture, education, sports, tourism, regional development and innovation. Meetings and information exchanges with partner regions benefit the local government, as they offer mutually interesting stimuli for everyday work.
Contacts: Department of the International Cooperation and Protocol
Mrs Vladislava Veselá
phone: +420 257 280 102
Mrs Lucie Barber
phone: +420 257 280 324
Mrs Simona Šenkýřová
phone: +420 257 280 325