A new crossborder "Interreg IPA" programme adopted today by the Commission aims to improve the quality of life in the Greece-Albania border regions by promoting sustainable local development.

Corina Crețu, Commissioner for Regional Policy said: "Our cross border programmes provide concrete measures to improve the quality of life and offer new economic opportunities and jobs to people living in the border regions of the European Union and its neighbours. These programmes are an opportunity for regions to find common solutions to shared challenges." 

The programme covers 11 border regions in Greece and 4 Albanian regions and is worth more than €42 million, with a contribution from the European Union of nearly €36 million from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA).

The programme will focus on the following two priorities:

1. Protection of the environment, promotion of sustainable transport and public infrastructure;

2. Boosting the local economy.

The investments aim to promote sustainable transport and improve the management of cross border water, waste and energy services. There is also an important focus on mitigating and reversing the negative effects of climate change by measures to support a low emission economy.  Moreover, it will boost the local economy by encouraging tourism and preserving cultural and natural resources. The programme will help to enhance competitiveness by supporting entrepreneurship.

Some expected results:

  • More water resources used sustainably.
  • Reduced energy consumption in the public sector.
  • Improved cross border preparedness for managing natural disasters.
  • Contribution to growth with the development of tourism.
  • Improved cross border capacity to support entrepreneurship.


The 15 regions involved in the Interreg IPA CBC Greece-Albania programme are:

  • In Greece: The regions (NUTS III) of Grevena, Kastoria, Florina, Arta,Thesprotia, Ioannina, Preveza, Zakynthos, Kerkyra, Kefallinia and Lefkada.
  • In Albania: The regions of Berat, Gjirokastër, Korçë and Vlorë.

Total Budget of the cooperation programme: EUR 42 312 029.

Total EU contribution (IPA – Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance): EUR 35 965 222.

The programme is managed by the Greek Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism.

Contact: 65 Georgikis Scholis Ave, 57001 Thessaloniki, Greece – e-mail: interreg@mou.gr

The second programming period of Interreg-IPA for 2014-2020 between Member States and beneficiary countries has an EU budget of EUR 484.414.824 invested in 12 crossborder cooperation programmes between regions and territorial, social and economic partners.

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