Transnational Action for Public Private Partnership

Many cities and regions in Europe are increasingly challenged by their responsibilities to provide public services and infrastructure, to offer social housing or to develop brownfield sites etc.. To increase their capacities and the efficiency of public actions they search for private partners for cooperation, joint actions and institutionalised public private partnerships (PPP). ACT4PPP will provide a platform for cities and regions from all over Central Europe to exchange experiences and know-how and assist them in applying more and better targeted public private cooperations.

Only in few European countries the PPP approach has become an established development vehicle, whereas in most cities and regions, PPPs are viewed curiously, if not cautiously. By now there is neither an officially standardised and European wide valid definition of PPP nor does PPP serve as a ’one-size-fits-all’ solution. There needs to be individual solutions for each single planned measure. Thus, ACT4PPP should help to enable the project partners to develop specific strategies for the public private realisation of their single public service or infrastructure as well as complex site developments. For this reason, the project outlines different kinds of cooperation of public authorities with private companies. PPP models for numerous measures in the public interest, which have not been analysed systematically, will be examined and summarised to general guidelines.

17 partners from seven different countries are involved in the ACT4PPP project. They do not only represent various geographical and institutional backgrounds but also different levels of experiences and varying thematic and professional focuses. The project is co-financed by the CENTRAL EUROPE programme launched by the European Commission to foster regional development and competitiveness of the involved countries and regions. Also the German and Italian ministries are emphasizing the importance of the project by providing part of the national financial contribution



  • Partnership - 17 project partner from 7 countries working on 12 pilot projects
  • Duration - 3 years from October 2008 until September 2011
  • Project budget - 3.8 Mio. €
  • Implementation -  through the CENTRAL EUROPE programme co-financed by the ERDF