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We are active in Austria and in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. This is the region, in which Erste Group offers its financial services. ERSTE Foundation, the main shareholder of Erste Group, invests its dividends into those societies where this money was earned.
Yet, our focus on this part of the world also has other reasons. We believe in the concept of a common Europe. After 1989, a divided continent grew together again. ERSTE Foundation focuses its work on the cultural region of Austria and Central and South Eastern Europe. We think that it is important to bring people together and disseminate knowledge of the recent history of a region, where the Schengen area and the European Union have established new dividing lines, but have also given rise to new hopes and expectations.
Most of our projects are developed and implemented across borders. We foster international cooperation and exchange. Overcoming nationalism and building bridges instead of marking frontiers are at the core, not only of the Programme Europe, but at all our programmes and projects.