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CENTROPE is one of the fastest growing and most promising regions in Europe, and is characterized by very high economic growth. It includes four neighbouring countries: The Slovak Republic, The Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary.
Its imaginative centre is made up of the cities of Vienna and Bratislava (only 50 km away), spreads in radius of around 200 km, and has about 6 million inhabitants.
From an economic point of view, CENTROPE is one of the biggest winners of EU enlargement. Its professional labour force, together with an advanced and ever-improving infrastructure, make it a place for business and investment opportunities for both multinational and, small and medium-sized businesses.
Co-development programs such as: Centrope II Automobile Cluster, Twin Entrepreneurs, Energy Cluster, EAU, REACT, Expat Centre TwinRegion and others are also proof of intensive co-operation in the region.
PARAMETERS of the region
Competitiveness of this region will continue to improve, making Centrope an attractive business location.
The optimal combination of a prosperous economy, good economic parameters and a high standard of living provides promising opportunities for investors and prospective business. Thanks to high education, there is highly competent staffing potential in this region.
Combined with beautiful nature and plenty of national parks, countless opportunities for sports, rich culture and history, this area is among the most attractive for life and work.
All the countries of the region are characterized by their rapid GDP growth and a labour productivity that is comparable to the EU's main metropolises.
With its strategic position in the middle of Europe, Centrope is significantly profiting and creates the EU's gateway to the market with a strong purchasing power and dynamic markets for a younger and more ambitious part of Europe. By joining the EU in 2004, Slovakia, The Czech Republic and Hungary have taken even more force in the region.
The economic growth rate in Bratislava reached the second highest position in the CEE region (Central and Eastern Europe) in 2013, higher than in many western European cities. Despite the global economy, experts predict further growth of the region, faster than the European average.
THE HISTORY OF THE REGION
is very rich, the evidence dates back to the times of the Roman Empire, the Danube River has been one of Europe's main transport hubs for centuries, the city of Vienna has been one of the main European capitals for many centuries and also, it was the capital of Austria-Hungary. It included all four Centrope regions.
Since Vienna was the imperial capital, the most powerful political, historical and cultural influence was directed into this region. The common past and historical circumstances have become the basis of co-operation in the tourism area. Preserved historical monuments and traditions - all of that offers great opportunities for further development of the region's tourism.
Vienna is the centre of the region's culture and, among other things, the internationally recognized city of music. Personalities like Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn lived and worked here.
Bratislava was a coronation town and there were 19 Austro-Hungarian kings crowned, among others, for example, also Maria Theresa, in 1741.
The region offers a combination of urban CULTURE with countless number of historic sites on the one hand and, on other, a broad spectrum of tourism, gastronomy and sport opportunities. Besides 8 UNESCO monuments, this region is a home to famous museums, concert halls and art galleries. Not only are Vienna, Bratislava or Brno fascinating places, but also rural areas provide amazing scenes.
This region provides NATURAL ATTRACTIONS including 4 national parks and venues for outdoor sports activities and TOURISM. Danube, Morava and Dyje are the green lungs of the region, the Alps, the Carpathians and the Tatras are only a selection of the many mountains in the region.
One of the region's
greatest growth potential is SCIENCE
there are over 40 research institutes, as well as hundreds of scientific start-up projects and, headquarters of international pharmaceutical companies.
The region is also very popular thanks to GASTRONOMY and WINEGROWING.
Not only individual areas of Hungary, Moravia, vineyards of Austria, or selected locations of Slovakia, together there are 41 vineyard routes, some even directly in the CEPIT park site in Vajnory.
The word „wine“ itself is even in the Vajnory name: since 1307, when the village was owned by the Cistercian monastery in the Austrian Heiligenkreuz, the German name Weinern was being used, following the predominant activity of the local population - viticulture and winemaking. This name has been preserved until today in the Slovak version of Vajnory.