The European Commission adopted today the new interregional cooperation programme ("Interreg Europe") between all EU Member States with the participation of Norway and Switzerland, worth more than EUR 359 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The programme will focus on supporting the exchange of experience, the transfer of good practices, and joint initiatives among the regions.

Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu said: "Facing global economic and environmental challenges, European regions and countries need to pool their ideas, their initiatives and their resources to find joint solutions. By enabling regions to cooperate and identify the best solutions possible, the Interreg Europe programme will contribute to improving the efficiency of public policies and the European competitiveness."

The programme will finance Interregional Cooperation projects between partners coming from different countries in Europe who will work together for 3 to 5 years to exchange their experiences on a particular policy issue covered by the programme - whether it is innovation, support to SMEs, low carbon economy or environmental protection. Each region involved in the cooperation project will produce an Action Plan to ensure that the lessons learnt from the cooperation are put into action. Regions will also have access to Policy Learning Platforms where any organisation dealing with regional development policies in Europe will be supported by experts to improve the way they manage and implement public policies in the four topics above.

This first call for projects is between 22 June- 31 July 2015. Public partners will receive up to 85% of EU funding for their project activities, and the private sector up to 75%.

Background

The programme "Interreg Europe" covers the territory of all 28 EU countries as well as Norway and Switzerland. It is managed by the Regional Council of Nord-Pas de Calais in France.

The programme has four priorities:

1) Research, technological development and innovation

2) Competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises

3) Low carbon economy

4) Environment and resource efficiency

Each priority will be allocated an ERDF amount of EUR 84.4 million.

An additional EUR 21.5 million will be provided for technical assistance.

The EU funding of EUR 359.3 million will be complemented by EUR 67 million co-financing from national public and private sources. Third countries will also contribute up to EUR 6 million. The total volume of the programme is more than EUR 432 million.

Contact Details:

Regional Council Nord-Pas de Calais

Hôtel de Région

F-59555 Lille Cedex

Tel.: +33 328 82 82 82

Website:  http://www.interregeurope.eu

More information:

Summary of the Operational Programme for Cohesion Policy Funds 2014-2020

Cooperation between regions and countries

INTERREG Europe 2014-2020

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