Institute for Regional Development was founded in 2010 to promote the development of European regions, international exchange of know-how and experience and education of key players in various areas. The main aim of the Institute is to bring together institutions from different spheres – public, non-profit, academic and private to provide expertise in the area of Environment and Ecology, Urban development, Tourism, Human Resources, Employment, Education, Health and Social issues.


  1. Education – the Institute provides solutions in the field of education ranging from event organisation and management, expert analyses to sophisticated e-learning.
  2. Youth – the Institute engages in youth exchange in the framework of the Youth in Action Program.
  3. Tourism – the Institute focuses on innovation in tourism, which includes transfer of experience and know-how within the EU,  development of innovative products for tourism and education in innovation in tourism.

The target groups of the Institute for Regional Development are young people willing to be active and interested in non-formal education. IRR organizes mobilities for them and is an accredited body for the European Voluntary Service.

The Institute for Regional Development is an operator of information center Europe Direct Bruntál (EDIC). Europe Direct Bruntál is a part of the European Direct information centres network in the Czech Republic and across the whole European Union which acts as an interface between the EU and its citizens on local level. Europe Direct Bruntál started its activities on 1. March 2013 and aims to provide easy and free access to information about the European Union for the citizens of Bruntál and Opava regions. The centre organizes educational activities and the employees create educational materials (leaflets, brochures etc.) about the EU.

The key persons in the present project:

Ms. Lenka Stoklasová is the Director of the Institute for Regional Development. Ms. Lucie Marková is a Project Manager at IRD.