Ex post evaluation INTERREG

The final report of the Interreg III ex post evaluation presents its findings, makes recommendations for the present European Territorial Co-Operation and feeds into the debate on future cohesion policy. The main objective of this evaluation was to provide evidence on inter-regionality and co-operation. This was to be done through a comprehensive overview of all 81 programmes, gathering evidence, and an in-depth examination of a sample of 16 programmes and 80 projects.

Key findings on Interreg III

  • The very significant volumes of activity demonstrate that Interreg was about much more than mutual learning opportunities, as is sometimes stated in the literature, although these too were important.
  • Physical investments achieved tangible territorial impacts, but only if they had a real cross-border or transnational relevance.
  • Soft co-operation outcomes were equally important territorial impacts, particularly where they involved the development of a joint & durable problem solving capacity.
  • Co-operation was promoted and facilitated, with 12,000 networks and co-operation structures reported to be created and 63,000 agreements or conventions concluded along the borders.

Recommendations for the present ETC

  • To ensure that programme logic is consistent:  what do programmes aim to achieve and how will they know when they have been successful?
  • To promote projects with strategic importance:  how can programmes be sure that projects will contribute to achieving the objectives of the programme?
  • To establish pro-active and ongoing interaction with other Territorial Co-Operation and Convergence and Regional Competitiveness and Employment programmes
  • To improve monitoring and evaluation of the programmes
  • To experiment with the EGTC to set up fully integrated co-operation structures
  • To start preparing joint territorial strategies in the programme areas for the future

Documents

  • Final report pdf en
  • Executive summary pdf de en fr
  • Terms of Reference pdf en
  • Inception report pdf en
  • "1st Interim Report - Emerging findings from literature and data analysis. Typology of programmes" pdf en - Annex pdf en - "Annex on indicators for all Interreg III programmes" pdf en
  • 2nd Interim report - In-depth analysis of 16 programmes. Synthesis report pdf en
    • Case Studies : INTERREG IIIA Austria – Slovakia pdf en - INTERREG III A Finland-Estonia pdf en - INTERREG IIIA Priority South Programme (Latvia – Lithuania – Belarus) pdf en - INTERREG IIIA Italy - Slovenia pdf en - INTERREG IIIA Flanders - the Netherlands pdf en - INTERREG IIIA ØRESUND (Denmark – Sweden) pdf en - INTERREG III A KARELIA (Finland-Russia)pdf en - INTERREG IIIA Alpenrhein – Bodensee - Hochrhein pdf en - INTERREG IIIA PAMINA pdf en - INTERREG IIIA Spain-Portugal pdf en - INTERREG IIIA Ireland – Northern Ireland pdf en - INTERREG IIIA Czech Republic - Poland pdf en - INTERREG IIIB North West Europe pdf en - Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme pdf en - INTERREG IIIB Western Mediterranean (MEDOCC) pdf en - INTERREG IIIC WEST ZONE pdf en
    • Good practice examples (mini case studies) : INTERREG IIIA Austria – Slovakia pdf en - INTERREG III A Finland-Estonia pdf en - INTERREG IIIA Priority South Programme (Latvia – Lithuania – Belarus) pdf en - INTERREG IIIA Italy - Slovenia pdf en - INTERREG IIIA Flanders - the Netherlands pdf en - INTERREG IIIA ØRESUND (Denmark – Sweden) pdf en - INTERREG III A KARELIA (Finland-Russia)pdf en - INTERREG IIIA Alpenrhein – Bodensee - Hochrhein pdf en - INTERREG IIIA PAMINA pdf en - INTERREG IIIA Spain-Portugal pdf en - INTERREG IIIA Ireland – Northern Ireland pdf en - INTERREG IIIA Czech Republic - Poland pdf en - INTERREG IIIB North West Europe pdf en - Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme pdf en - INTERREG IIIB Western Mediterranean (MEDOCC) pdf en - INTERREG IIIC WEST ZONE pdf en

 

 

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