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Interregional cooperation is aimed at enhancing EU regional development through transfers of know-how and exchanges of experiences between regions.
The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC forms part of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13. The programme aims to improve the effectiveness of regional development policies and contribute to economic modernisation and increased competitiveness in Europe.
It provides a framework for cooperation between regional and local actors in the EU-27, as well as in Norway and Switzerland.
The programme also finances the network component of the European Commission initiative, 'Regions for Economic Change'.
Other programmes are also part-financed by the ERDF under the interregional cooperation strand of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective:
INTERACT - support for, and exchange of, good practice between authorities in charge of implementing cooperation programmes
ESPON - territorial planning observatory
URBACT - creation of, and support for, city networks and urban development