Cooperation and Networking
Cohesion policy encourages regions and cities from different EU Member States and further afield to work together and learn from each other through common programmes, projects and networks.
The European Territorial Co-operation objective financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF),supports cross-border, transnational, and interregional co-operation programmes. The budget of €8.7 billion for this objective accounts for 2.5% of the total 2007-13 allocation for cohesion policy.
There is also a legal instrument to strengthen co-operation across borders (EGCT) and a number of new instruments to support regional development along the EU’s external borders and with both candidate and potential candidate countries, and third countries. For more information, consult our European Territorial Co-operation website.
The Regions for Economic Change Initiative presented a set of proposals to inject new dynamism into regional and urban networks and to help them work closely with the Commission to have innovative ideas tested and rapidly disseminated into the Convergence, Regional Competitiveness and Employment, and European Territorial co-operation programmes. Financing for the networks projects linked to the initiative is possible under INTERREG IVC, the 2007-2013 interregional co-operation programme, and URBACT II, the 2007-2013 co-operation programme on urban issues.
- Inforegio Panorama Nr. 24 - December 2007: Regions as partners - The European Territorial Co-operation Objective