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Sharing borders, Growing Closer: Celebrating European Territorial Cooperation

(18 September 2013)

Sharing borders, Growing Closer: Celebrating European Territorial Cooperation

The value for communities, regions and member states of EU Regional Policy’s cross-border, transnational and interregional projects and programmes is in the spotlight this week. The campaign, in the run up to European Cooperation Day on September 21, comes at a critical time.

European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) counts for a relatively small part of EU Regional Policy. But if the current agreement on Regional Policy funding for 2014-2020 is approved by the European Parliament and Council, its budget would increase to €8.9 billion. Under the new reforms to Regional Policy, currently in the final stages of negotiation, ETC programmes will also be more focused on investments that create the right conditions for future growth.

On 19 September, Commissioner Hahn will be on Twitter to debate the value of EU Regional Policy across borders from 14:00-15:00. Questions can already be tweeted mentioning #EUChat and #ecday to @JHahnEU.

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