Project - Recapture the Fortress Cities


Description (EN): The project aims at sustainable revitalisation of heritage buildings by improving the coexistence of fortified cities and neighbouring forts in urban regions. There is a high number of former fortresses and fortified sites of big historical value in Europe, established in different times. This fortified heritage defines the image of today’s landscape and the struggle and war around these cities define the current borders of municipalities, regions, countries and Europe. But in many cases such constructions are neglected, some derelict, some presented as historical monuments, or only partly utilised. In majority of cases they are fragmented and there is a problem to maintain them as this requires big financial investments and a strong cooperation. The proposed project focuses on a innovative approach by developing smart ways of utilisation of old fortresses. The aim is to make their maintenance easier and to include the fortresses into the life of the City by development of sustainable strategies of the maintenance and exploitation of this heritage. As fortress structures are often viewed from a single point of view, mostly in a conservative way as protected heritage or environment, this project proposes an integrated approach. Both natural and cultural (military) heritage should be adapted and used for current and future challenges.
Expected Results (EN): The overall project objective is to improve the regional and local policies targeted at preserving cultural monuments, specifically fortresses and military heritage, by improving the coexistence of these historical monuments and neighbouring cities and integrating historical fortifications into contemporary urban planning, infrastructure and functional context. This will be done by identification, analysis, dissemination, transfer of good practices and experience among cooperating partners with the aim to support the project partners in development of their Action Plans and to involve the new, innovative practices into their development strategies. The project has the following sub-objectives: • to improve the cooperation of the City–Fortress, by intensifying communication and cooperation between them, taking on mind the mutual impacts of the existence of Fortresses and Cities – positive and negative. • to define innovative ways of utilising historical military premises, with focus on their future development, by exploitation of existing sources, with focus on economic issues and financing. • to develop supportive principles for the improved use of these sites (social use, recreation, leisure, business activities, etc), to increase the attractiveness of the City - Fortress. • to assess the environmental management and impacts of and for the historical monuments. • to identify best practices in policy implementation together with gaps in already existing programmes and policies. • to develop the Action Plans involving the recommendations and defining the concrete actions to improve the coexistence of fortresses and cities, contributing to their preservation.
Expected Outputs (EN): Expected results and outputs: Outputs: • 7 Stakeholders Groups formed to participate and contribute to interregional learning and to ensure the relevant institutions approve the Regional Action Plan. • List of Good practices compiled by the project partners to create the starting point for the following international learning (21 GP at least). • 7 Study visits in partner regions realised, to see and discuss the issues at place. • 7 Panel Discussions (60 minutes) in each partner region follows each Study Visit to discuss and comment the policies implemented by the hosting partner (participation of partners, stakeholders, politicians, experts, representatives of EFFORTS association). • 7 Joint evaluation and recommendation reports on the SV in each partner region developed, following the Study visits in partner areas to highlight the innovative and effective policies implemented by the hosting partner. • 2 Policy improvement Workshops realised to support the improvement of regional policies, participation of politicians, representatives of EFFORTS, partners, experts, key stakeholders. • 7 Action Plans developed and approved to improve the existing policies in partner regions. • 1 Final Dissemination Conference to promote the project organised in Brussels. Results: • cooperation and communication among fortresses and cities is improved, this leads to reduction of costs, better access to military heritage sites and improved use of these sites for social, recreational, leisure, business etc. purposes. • partners and stakeholders increase their know-how about the preservation, development and use of military heritage, relevant institutions in partner regions are better informed and involved . • partners and stakeholders are informed on already proved good practices in other partner regions and on the mechanisms of their implementation. • recommendations resulting from Joint thematic analysis and recommendations supports partners and stakeholders in planning, shaping and implementing the new, innovative policy measures. • regarding to the joint approach the environmental aspects and impacts are taken on mind . • innovative ways of utilisation resulting from the joint management of the Fortress - City . These outputs and results will lead to improvement of the mutual relations and functioning of the cities and fortresses, improved governance of the area, will the costs and will contribute to the attractiveness of the City – Fortress and tackle the economic aspect of promotion and tourism.

Thematic Information

Thematics: Cultural heritage and arts  
Specific Objective: Improve the implementation of regional development policies and programmes, in particular Investment for Growth and Jobs and, where relevant, ETC programmes, in the field of the protection and development of natural and cultural heritage.
Thematic Objective: (6) preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency by:
Investment Priority: (6c) conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage

Project Summary

Project name (EN): Recapture the Fortress Cities
Project acronym: RFC

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2019-06-12


Project start date: 2019-08-01
Project end date: 2023-07-31
Project status: Ongoing

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 1.518.683,00
European Union funding: EUR 1.280.063,05

ERDF budget: EUR 1.280.063,05
ERDF equivalent budget: EUR 0,00

Project documents

The documents below were published as mentioned in field "Data source" (attached to each document). users are free to use these documents as long as the data source and are mentioned.

No outputs available yet.

Partners Data

Lead Partner (EN): Ústí Region
Lead Partner: Ústecký kraj
Department: Department of strategy and project realisation
Address: Velká Hradební 3118/48, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
Legal status: public

Department: The Province of Antwerp - Department Environment and Nature, Service Sustainable Environmental and Nature Policy
Address: Hallestraat 6, Mechelen, Belgium
Legal status: public
Address: Vizyinou Sq 1, Komotini, Greece
Legal status: public
Address: Str. Principala 50, Radaia, Romania
Legal status: public
Department: Department of Cross-Border and Other EU Programs
Address: Námestie mieru 2, Prešov, Slovakia
Legal status: public
Department: European Projects Unit
Address: Plaza de San Juan 7, Teruel, Spain
Legal status: public
Department: Urban planning department
Address: An der Steinkuhle 6, Magdeburg, Germany
Legal status: public
Address: Trierstraat / rue de Trèves 67, Brussels, Belgium
Legal status: private

Partners Location

  Lead Partner     Project Partner