Central Mountains

EVTZ Alpine Pearls mbH

Central Mountains

The "Central Mountains" project strengthens governance structures and cooperation between the Alps and the Carpathians, including the Sudetes. Together with 10 other project partners, the EGTC Alpine Pearls is committed to improving the cross-border and sustainable development of mountain regions in Central Europe.

From the Alps to the Carpathians - Strengthening governance models for the sustainable development of mountain areas in Central Europe

The Alps and Carpathians are important natural corridors connecting many Central European countries. Unfortunately, cross-border cooperation in mountain areas often lacks a common vision. To change this, the Central Mountains project develops and implements a common strategy and regional action plans to create, among other things, cross-border functional areas. By improving governance structures, processes and procedures, the partners are sustainably improving cooperation between the Alpine-Carpathian regions.

EVTZ Alpine Pearls mbH


  • Development of joint strategies for the mountain regions of the Alps, Carpathians and the Sudetes based on analyses, workshops and the development of action plans for selected areas and structures (including EGTC Alpine Pearls).
  • Renewed and operational structures, such as a platform for sustainable tourism in the Carpathians.
  • Collaboration and involvement of stakeholders from different areas and target/age groups
  • Development and testing of cross-border functional areas as a new governance instrument for long-term cross-border cooperation.

Project partners

The following partners from seven countries in Central Europe are involved in the project:

  • Association of the Carpathian Euroregion Poland (PL)
  • Association of Towns and Communities of Slovakia (SK)
  • Carpathian Foundation-Hungary (HU)
  • Association of Regional Brands (CZ)
  • Foundation of Landscape Protection (PL)
  • Eurac research (IT)
  • Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia (IT)
  • EGTC Alpine Pearls ltd (AT)
  • CIPRA International Lab (AT)
  • Brasov County (RO)

Key data

Duration: April 2023 to March 2026

Funding amount: Total EUR 2,334,902 (80% co-financing), EGTC Alpine Pearls budget: EUR 209,740

Funding: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Interreg Central Europe Programme 2021-2027

Project website: https://www.interreg-central.eu/projects/central-mountains

See current progress also on Alpine Pearls LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/alpine-pearls