Application for project extension of RESQUE 2.0



As lead partner, Aufbauwerk manages the RESQUE 2.0 project,

which deals with the qualification and labor market integration of refuges, since 2015. After a first project extension until the end of 2020 was granted, the work of all project partners, including the Department for Migration of the City of Leipzig, Caritasverband Leipzig e.V. and Deutschen Angestellten Akademie, is in full swing.

Together with the project partners, it was decided that an additional application for a project extension until the end of 2021 would be submitted. During the extension, the current achievements shall be cemented and new project participants admitted. With the help of all partners, the application for extension was handed in by Aufbauwerk at the end of April.

During the extension period, 70 new participants are planned to be admitted. The focus of the project work in 2021 will be on teenagers and young adults who are starting or have recently started an apprenticeship, on female refugees and those whose status is “tolerated”. These focus groups were selected due to recent developments and general needs.



New projects for the Aufbauwerk!



Despite the currently limited work due to national and regional restrictions due to COVID-19, the Aufbauwerk has been able to participate in some new projects in the past few weeks.

Above all, the cooperation with the local cluster management of the Energy and Environment Network (NEU e.V.) was intensified again. The Aufbauwerk supports the project completion of the Interreg Central Europe project FIRECE and the COSME project SmartCTCluster which started in the beginning of the year.

The FIRECE project (Innovative Financial Instruments for industry low carbon energy transition in Central Europe) focuses on the topic of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies. Financing instruments of public administrations are being examined and further developed as well as tested for SMEs. The aim is to improve regional investment in measures for the transition to a low-carbon industry.

Within the EU's COSME program, NEU e.V. was able to successfully participate in the SmartCTCluster project (Smart Cities through smart clustering). The project aims at the integration of Smart City approaches into existing cluster strategies and tries to develop new interregional cluster relationships by establishing a European cluster exchange platform (ClusterXChange).

For both projects, the Aufbauwerk will primarily support financial management and networking with the regional actors.



Updates from the Aufbauwerk in times of COVID-19




Dear partners and friends of the Aufbauwerk,

In the past few weeks and months, the working conditions have changed significantly for many people due to the corona pandemic. In addition to short-time work and home office, the biggest challenges lie in communicating with the project partners and implementing the current project tasks. For us as Aufbauwerk, this also has brought us some changes.

We can still be found in our office space, but our work is shifting mainly to online. Virtual meetings are now regularly on the agenda and require not only the technical implementation but also an adjustment of their content. For example, multi-day peer reviews must be brought into formats that can be carried out online and without losing quality. There are also obstacles to the financial implementation of the projects, since the corona effects can be felt at every project level.

However, it can be said that broad solidarity has developed in the projects. Starting with the lead and project partners up to the administrative levels of the EU, the current situation is handled very carefully.

We hope that a day-to-day work routine can be set up again, which can be described as "normal" and that we can continue our work successfully until then.

Your Aufbauwerk


Information to all our projects you'll find here.



Meeting of the strategic partners of RESQUE 2.0



The strategic partner meeting of RESQUE 2.0 took place once again on February 24, 2020.

In addition to expanding our network with the KAUSA service centre and we successfully extended the RESQUE 2.0 project until December 31, 2020, the current challenges and future goals of the partners were also discussed. On the one hand, the adaptation to the changed legal basis and its implementation will be important. On the other hand, you will mainly focus on women and their special life situations.

RESQUE 2.0 has been working successfully since 2015 in the further qualification and labour market integration of refugees with the help of a broad network of actors such as the Department for Migration of the City of Leipzig, the Caritasverband Leipzig e.V., the Deutschen Angestellten Akademie or the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. More information can be found here.



Cultural heritage as accelerator for sustainable growth: 2. Partner meeting for SACHE in Slovenia




Ljubljana, 17.12.-18.12.2019 – Just before Christmas 2019, the second partner meeting for the SACHE project took place in Slovenia.

Transnational Workshop at the Museum for Architecture and Design

SACHE aims at promoting cultural heritage as accelerator for creative entrepreneurship. After having worked on the project for more than half a year, the second partner meeting was used for partners to exchange first experiences they have made during the project timeframe. During the first months, the creative scene in all ten project regions was mapped and a project methodology developed.

The meeting was combined with a transnational workshop on creative entrepreneurship trends for the valorisation of cultural assets. The workshop took place at the Museum for Architecture and Design in Ljubljana. Invited experts gave their insights and went in a fruitful discussion with the project partners.

Both meeting days were completed successfully and partners are prepared for taking the next steps in the project.



25 years of Aufbauwerk: Celebration at the “Museum der bildenden Künste” in Leipzig




On the evening of December 5th 2019, the team of the Aufbauwerk celebrated, together with numerous guests, their 25-year anniversary at the “Museum der bildenden Künste” in Leipzig.

Mayor Burkhard Jung

After a few words of welcome by our general manager, all guest raised their glasses to toast to the next quarter century of Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig.

Next point of order was the speech by Leipzig’s mayor, Burkhard Jung. He likened the Aufbauwerk to a tropical lungfish, which lives on stored nutrients in times of hardship and thanked Ms Rückert and the team of the Aufbauwerk for the successful work for the city and the region.

This was followed by a film segment comprised of congratulatory messages from various companions of the Aufbauwerk, which you can also view on the main page of our website. After the official program was concluded, Ms Rückert opened the buffet and the evening finished in a relaxed atmosphere with champagne and delicious snacks.

We would like to sincerely thank all our guests and especially all congratulants from our video segment for the nice evening!



ECO-CICLE: 3. Partner Meeting 05.-06.11.2019 in Potenza




On the 5 and 6 November 2019 the Aufbauwerk team participated to the third partner meeting of the project ECO-CICLE that took place in Potenza and Matera in Basilicata, a region of Southern Italy. The meeting was organised the university of Basilicata.

Group picture of all participants

The first day during the learning conference we had the opportunity to learn about the plans of the Italian municipalities concerning cycling infrastructure. Representatives of the regional government administrations, local activists’ groups, representatives of cycling related business had the opportunity to present their visions for a future cycling infrastructure.

The second day was dedicated to the administrative part of the project and the selection vote of the good practices.

ECO-CICLE’s main objective is to improve operational programs and regional development policies to allocate Structural Funds and other investment funds in infrastructure and support to cycle tourism service providers.

More Information about the project can be found here or on the project website.
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Creative Industries in Rural Areas: 5th REFREsh Partner Meeting in Croatia




Lokve, Croatia, 15.-16.10.2019 – In mid-October, the fifth partner meeting of the project REFREsh took place in a beautiful location.

Group picture of all participants

As lead partner in the Central Europe project REFREsh, Aufbauwerk managed the two-day partner meeting in Croatia. In the frame of the project, five unused industrial buildings in Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and Croatia will be refurbished and revitalized to create a place for actors of the creative industries. The fifth meeting took place in the project building of the Croatian partner by a lake in Lokve, in the northern part of the country.

During the meetings on the first day, the current status of the project as well as open tasks for the current fifth and partially for the upcoming sixth semester were discussed. Additionally, the project building was inspected in depth and completed works during the refurbishment pointed out and explained by the Croatian partner. As works are almost completed, the meeting could take place in the finalized indoors of the building.

On the second day, content related topics were on the agenda. All project regions presented the current status of their buildings and explained the implemented works. Two buildings are already completed and two more are about to be finalized. To achieve an actual revitalization of the buildings through the project, pilot actions in all regions are planned during which the regional creative scenes will be heavily involved. The planned pilot actions were presented during the meeting by all partners for their respective region. An important point of discussion was the transnational exchange during the pilot actions, which will be further prepared in the upcoming weeks.

The meeting ensured another intensive exchange among the European partners and revealed that the project is on a good path. This good cooperation will ensure a successful project completion in the year 2020.


More Information about the project can be found here or on the project website.
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Promoting e-mobility: Joint learning as key to new transport concepts




Leipzig, 26.09.-27.09.2019 – At the end of the last week in September, Aufbauwerk hosted the international kick-off meeting for the E-MOB project. The project is concerned with the targeted impact on political instruments in favor of promoting e-mobility. This meeting assembled 15 participants from nine different partner institutions from all over Europe.

The first day was dedicated to getting acquainted with the project, the participating institutions and the targeted policy instruments. After completing the theoretical part of the day in the early afternoon, the project delegation made its way to the first point on the agenda of the subsequent study visit: the car centre of the ride service CleverShuttle. The business model of the company is based on the exclusive use of electric shuttles and ride pooling. After the guided tour of the premises was completed, the delegation took some CleverShuttles to the bus yard of the Leipzig Public Transport Services in the district of Lindenau. At this location the participants gained valuable insights on the current status of electrical busses within the transport concept of the city of Leipzig and were given a technical demonstration on the charging process of such a bus at a temporary charging station in the district of Connewitz. The first day was rounded off by a joint dinner at Auerbachs Keller.

On the second day, the participants were introduced to the administrative side of the project. This took place in the form of presentations about the management and communication of the project as well as the most important tasks of the first two semesters and the methodology of the projected peer reviews.

Further questions? More information can be found here or contact us via info(at)


A fall with many regional and international encounters!




Leipzig, 20.09.2019 – With the beginning of fall, many regional and international partner meetings are scheduled. Aufbauwerk already starts preparing for these meetings, during which the main focus will be on the exchange with partners and the promotion of Leipzig region. A full agenda but exciting times are coming up for Aufbauwerk.

During the upcoming months not only international partner meetings are scheduled, but also regional working group meetings, such as for the project RESQUE 2.0. and the project Regionalbudget Central-Saxony. The main purpose of these regional meetings is to strengthen the cooperation and establishing a basis for future regional and international projects. Aufbauwerk will participate actively in all meetings that take place in in Leipzig, Spain, Greece, Croatia and Slovenia.

For next week, two partner meetings are on the agenda already: one in Spain for the project RATIO and one in Leipzig in frame of the brand-new project E-MOB. Aufbauwerk is looking forward to welcoming its eight project partners from seven European countries of the project E-MOB in Leipzig from September 26 until September 27. During this two-day event the main focus will be on getting to know each other and organization the upcoming 4 years of cooperation.

A stressful but quite interesting time with a lot of regional and international encounters is coming up this fall. The highlight will be our special event for Aufbauwerk’s 25th anniversary in December 2019!

An overview of all upcoming events can be found here.


Further questions? More information can be found here or contact us via info(at)


Supporting the cultural sector: Saxony, Germany and Europe




06.09.2019, Leipzig – As expert for funding programmes, Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig expands its service offers into the field of cultural funding programmes on regional, national and European level.

On May 10, 2019 an information event for actors of the creative and cultural industry took place in the rooms of Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH. This event was organised in cooperation with the Department for Culture of the City of Leipzig. The event was a great success with many participants and a lot of positive feedback.

During the event, all participant received an overview and more information about existing cultural funding programmes. In this context, the services of Aufbauwerk – i.e. project and finance management – were introduced as well. There are a lot of cultural funding programmes for various purposes and target groups. Each of them has its own requirements and deadlines to consider. This can make the application process rather challenging which is why we prepared an overview of the current cultural funding programmes in Saxony, Germany and Europe and corresponding sources of information for interested visitors.


Further questions? More information can be found here or contact us via info(at)


Extension of the „RESQUE 2.0“ project




Leipzig, 08.08.2019 – After In early July 2019, the „RESQUE 2.0“ project has been extended by 18 months until December 2019.


The Aufbauwerk is looking forward to continuing the successful cooperation with the Caritas Association Leipzig e.V., the German Employee Academy GmbH, the Department for Migration and Integration of the City of Leipzig and the numerous strategic partners. All project partners will continue their joint effort to improve the integration of refugees and asylum seekers in the job market as well as in formal and professional education. Project measures include the creation of consultation and qualification offers, placement in education programs and the focused sensibilisation for stakeholders on the job market for the needs of refugees.

The project is funded as part of the ESF Federal Integration Directive with the Main Focus “Integration of Asylum Seekers and Refugees”.

To learn more about the “RESQUE 2.0” project, please click here.

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Aufbauwerk turns 25 years!




Leipzig, 07.08.2019 – After many successful years of working in regional and international project management, Aufbauwerk is happy to celebrate its 25th anniversary this fall with partners and friends in Leipzig.

As a joint municipal cooperation of the City of Leipzig and the surrounding administrative districts, Aufbauwerk is well established in the region. The focus of our work is strengthening urban and regional development through European and national funding programs. Thereby, the development, management and documentation of EU-projects plays a particularly important role. Within the scope of our 25th anniversary, we would like to properly celebrate our success story with a special event in Leipzig in December 2019. Our management and the entire team are looking forward to welcoming all partners and friends from Aufbauwerk to this event. We are especially excited that the mayor of Leipzig, Mr. Jung, will be giving a speech to open the event.


E-MOBility of the future




Leipzig, 25.06.2019 – Topics like the protection of the environment and alternative means of transportation have taken a prime spot in the daily news. Diesel cars are constantly under pressure and electric cars are assuming a much more prominent role in the public eye. E-cars are no longer distant dreams of the future, but constitute a sustained trend within the car industry. E-mobility does not only find its application in privately owned vehicles, but bears potential for taxis, bicycles and scooters as well. The e-mobility industry and the connected mobility concepts still have a lot of potential to develop and establish within society.

In this context we are pleased to announce the approval of the new EU project E-MOB, which deals at its center with the topic of e-mobility. This project is funded by the Interreg Europe program and will enable the Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH to utilize its expertise as project leader and administrator to guide the project to a fruitful conclusion

Nine partners from 8 different European countries (Germany, Hungary, France, Croatia, Greece, Austria, Romania and Spain) will focus their capabilities and knowledge to bring more attention to the topic of e-mobility in the respective regions and enable political decision makers with a concrete action plan to put e-mobility into practice. Through local and international cooperation as well as an intense mutual exchange the project strives for a more sustainable society with a new, e-focused mobility concept.

The E-MOB project will commence in August 2019 and is expected to reach its goal of creating an action plan in 2021.

For more Information about Interreg Europe click here.

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Rural areas in Europa and their creative industry




Meeting location

Castello di Godego, 15.04-16.04.2019 – Increasingly more older buildings are empty in rural areas. It is challenging to find new tenants or buyers for these buildings. Meanwhile, younger generations are moving away from rural areas to bigger cities, leaving the local creative scene and industry struggling. One of the possibilities to overcome this problem is to revitalise these empty buildings in order to make them available for the local creative scene. This forms the topic of the European project REFREsh.

From April 15 till 16, 2019, nine project partners from Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and Croatia came together in Castello di Godego (Italy). The current project topics were on the agenda of this international meeting. After 1,5 years of working on this project, every partner has identified a project site and is preparing a revitalisation concept. The next step consists of renovating these buildings in order to implement the revitalisation concepts.

All partners presented their regional pre-investment concepts and further ideas during the meeting. They had the possibility to get tips and recommendations from the other partners. Furthermore, the Italian project site, an old warehouse, was visited. The Italian partners showed that the construction works are almost finished and that they are approaching the next step in the project: the implementation of their revitalisation concept.

Villa Motterle Zileri

A second visit was paid to the property “Villa Motterle Zileri”, which consists of several villas. These have been renovated by the property owner and rented to a wide variety of companies and private families, who are looking for an exclusive living space. This visit showed the possibilities of a project, such as REFREsh, and motivated all partners to aim for an extraordinary project result!





More Information about the project can be found here or on the project website.
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Sustainable travelling – business trips and commutes




Budapest, 13.05.-14.05.2019 – Preparing new mobility plans is a very present topic in modern society. Questions such as “How to raise awareness for sustainable mobility?” or “How to achieve a CO2-reduction in cities, especially in metropolis?” are occupying the society. These kinds of questions were the starting point of the European project MOVECIT. “How to increase awareness among the employees of city administrations for sustainable means of transportation on business trips and commutes?” was the main question of the project.

After three years of hard work, the 10 partners from Slovenia, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Italy and Slovakia met from May 13 until 14, 2019 in Budapest for their last partner meeting and final conference. On the first day, an exchange of experience and last discussions between the partners were held. On the second day, May 14, the final conference was organised in the rooms of the University Budapest.

International representatives from mobility companies, universities and cities were invited to the final conference. After an introduction about the MOVECIT project, the topics sustainable mobility and mobility planning were introduced. During the panel discussion with mobility experts, the topic sustainable mobility and its perspectives for the future were discussed in depth. The conference ended with the presentation of success stories of the project MOVECIT, e.g. development of a training manual for mobility and a handbook (Leipzig) or the introduction of walking initiatives of three Austrian municipalities.

The MOVECIT project was successfully closed in Budapest and the partners can proudly look back at the positive outcomes of the project. Every partner tried its best to reduce the CO2 emissions during commutes and to sensitize employees of city administrations for a more sustainable behaviour on business trips and commutes. During the project, the first electro bikes for business trips and commutes have been purchased for the city of Leipzig.

More Information about the project can be found on the project website.
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Renewable Energy: RURES Partner Meeting in Lenti, Hungary




Lenti, 06.05. - 07.05.2019 – The fourth international RURES partner meeting was organized by the Zala County Government. Venue of the meeting was the Thermal Hotel Balance in Lenti in the south west of Hungary, which attracts tourists and spa-goers from all over Europe. The agenda for the attending partners and experts included a thorough discussion of the current project progress, as well as a peer review and study visit.

After a very warm welcome from the vice president of the General Assembly of Zala County and the mayor of Lenti, the meeting transitioned directly to the specific project topics. The focus of the meeting was on the development of a value calculator for renewable energy systems. With this goal in mind, every partner was asked to present their pilot investment and a typical renewable energy system for their region to build a solid knowledge base for the value calculator. After the individual partner presentations, the Technical University of Ostrava presented the projected structure and contents of the calculator. Following this, all participants visited the town of Nagypáli, which is in many ways a great example for the utilization of renewable energy systems. The day ended with the joint visit of a traditional Hungarian restaurant.

The second day started off with the administrative part of the presentations, in which the Aufbauwerk Leipzig gave updates on the work packages Administration and Management. These two presentations were completed by a presentation about the work package communication by the RURES communications officer. After the theoretical part of the day was over, the Mayor of Lenti presented the Hungarian pilot action in the form of an “energy yard” in the district of Lentiszombathely, where interested parties can see demonstrations of solar panels, a wind power plant and a vegetable oil generator.

More Information about the project can be found here or on the project website.
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Cultural heritage as accelerator for sustainable growth




Venice, 29.04.-30.04.2019 – Cultural heritage is an important topic in European countries. So far, it is mostly companies who offer sponsorship, publicity and services to cultural heritage facilities. But why not going the other way around and making cultural heritage the accelerator for growth in creative industries and related companies?

The start for the Central Europe project SACHE (Smart Accelerators of Cultural Entrepreneurship) was set with a first partner meeting in Italy. SACHE aims at developing strategies that would accelerate creative entrepreneurship within and around cultural heritage. Representatives of the twelve participating partners of the SACHE project from Italy, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Poland met for the first time in Italy to kick-off the project. The meeting took place in an old monastery in the centre of Venice.

Getting to know each other and finding common grounds for future cooperation were the focus of the first partner meeting in Venice. During the two meeting days, each partner’s role within the project was defined and the route for the project implementation for the three years of the project duration was set.

It was a fruitful meeting and all partners are looking forward to getting started and to implementing first activities. Aufbauwerk will focus on the Leipzig region and its rich cultural heritage during the project. A next project meeting to discuss first results will take place in fall in Pècs, Hungary.


More Information about the project can be found here.
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Travelling across Europe by bike




Torún, 09.04-10.04.2019 – The spring has started. People start to go out more often for strolling in cities or nature areas. It’s a fact that cycling is still a popular mean of transport to explore new cities and its rural areas – day trips or even cycling holidays. Because of the rise of popularity for cycling tourism, the influence of this kind of tourism on nature – especially on nature reserves – has been questioned.

This topic – cycling tourism – forms the focus of the European project ECO-CICLE. Project partner coming from Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium and Germany have met from the 9th until the 10th of April 2019 in Torun (Poland). The topic “cycling tourism” and its offering potential for European regions have been the main focus of this 2-day international meeting. On the second day of the meeting, representatives for polish cycling tourism departments have joint the ECO-CICLE partner meeting. Because of their participation to the meeting the ECO-CICLE project, these representatives have been informed about the main goals of this European project. On the other side, the project partners have been introduced to existing good practices concerning bicycle tourism in the polish region.

In several regions across Poland a lot has happened in order to renovate and to expand the network of European bicycling routes. The project “Green Velo” forms a good example of the undertaken improvements. Green Velo is a bicycling route-network of 2.000 km across the east part of Poland. Using the mobile application and/or the website of Green Velo users have the opportunity to plan their cycling trips or holidays in the eastern polish region. Due to the planning of the trip over this application users may add tourist attractions, accommodations and restaurants along the trip.

At the end of this 2-day-meeting, the project partners could test the cycling route in the rural area of Torún. – Concluding, in order to promote cycling tourism in rural areas a lot has been undertaken. Projects as the ECO-CICLE project stimulate the further development of this kind of tourism. In scope of this project, concrete actions will be planned for the area around the lakes of Leipzig.

For more information about the further developments of the project, please take a look at the project Website.


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