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The 52 cross-border cooperation programmes are part of the European Territorial Cooperation objective under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.
Cross-border cooperation between adjoining regions aims to develop cross-border social and economic activities through joint development strategies.
The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and builds on the experiences of the previous INTERREG initiative.
Cooperation takes the form of projects to stimulate economic growth through entrepreneurship and the development of SMEs, tourism, culture and cross-border trade. Other priority areas for joint projects include the shared protection and management of natural and cultural resources, links between urban and rural areas, transport and communications, infrastructure, integration of cross-border labour markets, and gender equality and social inclusion initiatives.