Interreg : European Territorial Co-operation

European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), better known as Interreg,  is one of the two goals of cohesion policy and provides a framework for the implementation of joint actions and policy exchanges between national, regional and local actors from different Member States. The overarching objective of European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) is to promote a harmonious economic, social and territorial development of the Union as a whole. Interreg is built around three strands of cooperation: cross-border (Interreg A), transnational (Interreg B) and interregional (Interreg C).
Five programming periods of Interreg have succeeded each other:
 INTERREG I (1990-1993) -  INTERREG II (1994-1999) - INTERREG III (2000-2006) - INTERREG IV (2007-2013) - INTERREG V (2014-2020)

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    On 18 October, the final result of study "Collecting solid evidence to assess the needs to be addressed by Interreg cross-border cooperation programmes" will be presented in Brussels at the presence to Member States and key stakeholders in the field of cross-border cooperation.

    The study was conducted by the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, Cross-border Cooperation Unit, and has the objective of gathering evidence and solid data of the existing development needs of border regions to be addressed under the specific European Territorial Cooperation goal in view of the preparation of the future post-2020 Cohesion policy.

    A questions & answers session will follow the presentation delivered by the contractor in charge of the study.

    When: 18 October 2016, 14:30-17:00

    Where: Brussels, EC Conference Centre Albert Borschette

    Follow the meeting in web-streaming

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    The 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference to be held in Dublin on 27 September 2016, will provide you, among other activities, with the possibility to meet with potential partners in order to promote your projects, exchange good practices and experiences and discover new funding opportunities in the EU Atlantic Area.

    For this reason, the Support Team for the Atlantic Action Plan, has developed an online application to assist you with Networking and Matchmaking activities during the event.  To this end, we encourage you to use this application and register your request online in order to pre-arrange your meetings (depending on availability). All confirmed registered requests during the period prior to, as well as on the day of the event will be posted on the Cooperation Wall during the day of the conference.

    For activities related to match-making for partnering and networking (one-to-one meetings) please click here.

    Also, do not forget to register online for free and declare your preference in our Conference workshops.

    We are looking forward to meeting you in Dublin next month!

    The Support Team for the Atlantic Action Plan

    New data and features have been added to the European Structural and Investment Funds open data platform.  These include:

    • Visualisations for all 533 ESIF programmes 2014-2020 (accessible via the country pages) including financing and expected achievements based on common indicators (where available)
    • Finances dataset updated to reflect adopted programmes as at June 2016
    • Cross-border cooperation programmes under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) added
    • Possibility for users to visualise thematic breakdown of funding as either the total amount or the percentage of the national allocation

    ESIF open data platform

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Interreg 25 Years25 years ago this year, Interreg was developed as a Community Initiative in with a budget of just EUR 1 billion covering exclusively cross-border cooperation. Later, Interreg has been extended to transnational and interregional cooperation. For 2014-2020 European territorial cooperation is one of the two goals of Cohesion Policy near   investment for Growth and Job. The 25th anniversary of Interreg is being celebrated this year with a variety of events around Europe culminating in a ceremony on European Cooperation Day in Luxembourg on 15-16 September. Over the years, Interreg has become the key instrument of the European Union to support cooperation between partners across borders. The aim: to tackle common challenges together and find shared solutions - whether in the field of health, research and education, transport or sustainable energy.

Interreg evolution

Interreg programmes are funded by the European Regional Development Fund to support the harmonious development of the European Union's territory at different levels. Interreg has three types of programmes: cross-border, transnational and interregional.

2014-2020 period – Interreg V

In accordance with the new design of the European Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 and the targets set out in Europe 2020, Interreg has significantly been reshaped to achieve greater impact and an even more effective use of the investments. Key elements of the 2014-2020 reform are:
-Results orientation
The fifth period of Interreg is based on 11 investment priorities laid down in the ERDF Regulation contributing to the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. At least, 80% of the budget for each cooperation programme has to concentrate on a maximum of 4 thematic objectives among the eleven EU priorities:

11 priorities

The fifth programming period of Interreg has a budget of EUR 10.1 billion invested in over 100 cooperation programmes between regions and territorial, social and economic partners. This budget also includes the ERDF allocation for Member States to participate in EU external border cooperation programmes supported by other instruments (Instrument for Pre-Accession and European Neighborhood Instrument).

Interreg Budget

Interreg and inter-regional cooperation 2014-2020: state of play - video recording of the briefing (07/05/2015)

2007-2013 period – Interreg IV

The forth programming period of Interreg had a total budget of EUR 8.7 billion (2, 5 % of the total 2007-13 allocation for cohesion policy). This budget includes the allocation for Member States to participate in EU external border cooperation programmes supported by other instruments (Instrument for Pre-Accession and European Neighborhood Instrument). The budget was distributed as follows:

  • 60 Cross-border – Interreg IV-A, along 38 internal EU borders. ERDF contribution: EUR 5.6 billion.
  • 13 Transnational – Interreg IV-B, covering larger areas of co-operation such as the Baltic Sea, Alpine and Mediterranean regions. ERDF contribution: EUR 1.8 billion.
  • The interregional co-operation programme (INTERREG IVC) and 3 networking programmes (Urbact II, Interact II and ESPON) cover all 28 Member States of the EU. They provide a framework for exchanging experience between regional and local bodies in different countries. ERDF contribution: EUR 445 million.

The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation

Meetings & Events

Interreg Annual Meeting June 6-7 2016

Interreg Annual Meeting September 15 2015

Interreg Annual Meeting May 19-20 2014

European Territorial Cooperation Annual Meeting 2013

Annual meeting of cross-border programmes 2011


European Territorial Cooperation: building bridges between people