Central Markets, a European project focusing on reviving traditional markets, hosts its final conference on 11 November 2014
The Central Markets project aims to rediscover and revive traditional markets as engines for the development of urban districts. The project is preparing to host its final conference on 11 November in Bratislava.
Despite having been the backbone of many cities for centuries, traditional markets are facing a worrying decline. Increased competition from shopping malls, as well as insufficient regulation, is threatening their livelihood. But traditional markets are an important part of our heritage, contributors to social cohesion, and sources of economic benefits for consumers.
The project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Central Europe Programme, involves nine organisations from six different countries (Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Slovak Republic). These make up a well-balanced partnership, focusing actions at local and regional level. The partners include four municipalities, two development agencies, one chamber of commerce, one region, and one private institution.
The final conference on 11 November will present the project results, in particular of the eight pilot actions and the final strategy for market revitalisation. The event will also offer the perfect occasion to share lessons learnt and knowledge with key experts and policy makers at regional, national, and European level, as well as to discuss opportunities for funding of culture and economic development in central Europe.
For more information, visit the project website here.