Interreg V-A - Belgium-France (France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen)

Territorial co-operation

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Programme description

Strategic objectives

The cooperation programme addresses significant cross-border challenges relating to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy in the French-Belgian border regions. This project aims, firstly, to improve collaboration and the transfer of technology between universities, research centres and businesses, and to increase the competitiveness of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in order to strengthen strategic cross-border regions. Secondly, it aims to preserve and promote both natural and cultural cross-border heritage sites, and to strengthen cooperation on flood risk management. In terms of employment, it aims to boost cross-border mobility for workers. Finally, the project aims to strengthen and make sustainable the networking and supply of cross-border health services.

Thematic priorities

The project focuses on four thematic priorities:

  1. Improving and supporting cross-border cooperation in research and innovation
  2. Increasing the cross-border competitiveness of SMEs
  3. Protecting and improving the environment via integrated management of cross-border resources
  4. Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty

Some expected results

  • Participation of 80 new businesses in research projects
  • Creation of 200 full-time jobs in businesses receiving support
  • 960 000 people to benefit from protective measures against natural, industrial and technological risks
  • 5 600 000 visits to designated cultural and natural heritage sites in receipt of financial support
  • 11 000 people to access health services on either side of the border

Regions

  • Belgian municipalities of Ghent, Oudenaarde, Bruges, Diksmuide, Ypres, Kortrijk, Ostend, Roeselare, Tielt, Veurne, Ath, Charleroi, Mons, Mouscron, Soignies, Thuin, Tournai, Arlon, Bastogne, Marche-en-Famenne, Neufchâteau, Virton, Dinant, Namur and Philippeville
  • French regions (départements) of Ardennes, Nord, Pas-de-Calais, Somme, Aisne, Oise and Marne.

Regions

  • Belgium
  • France

Funds

  • Regional Development Fund (ERDF): 169,977,045.00 €

Thematic priorities

  • TA - Technical Assistance
  • TO1 - Research and innovation
  • TO3 - SMEs competitiveness
  • TO5 - Climate change and risk prevention
  • TO6 - Environment and resource efficiency
  • TO8 - Employment and labour market
  • TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 283,295,074.00 €

Total EU contribution: 169,977,045.00 €

CCI number: 2014TC16RFCB044