A new Cooperation Programme designed to tackle cross-border challenges in the far North of Sweden, Finland and Norway was adopted by the European Commission today.  The Programme has been allocated 42 million euro under the European Regional and Development Fund (ERDF) for the period 2014-2020.

Commenting on the adoption, Corina Crețu, Commissioner for Regional Policy said: "I am very glad that this programme was adopted because it embodies the great diversity of the regional funds' purposes. Here, they will help strengthening the economic fabric between neighbouring countries, preserving the fragile balance of this beautiful region's ecosystem and protecting the Sami culture and lifestyle, Europe's only indigenous population. This programme contributes to enshrining Europe's cultural wealth, an inestimable wealth to me."

Funding from the EU will be used to strengthen business and research networks, with an expected 10% increase in the number of SMEs cooperating across borders. The Programme is also designed to develop mobility on the the cross-border labour market.

EU regional funding will help protect the bio-diversity and unique cultural heritage of the sensitive Arctic and sub-Arctic regions.  This will include investments in resource-efficient and environmentally-friendly solutions that match the specific needs of Northern Sparsely Populated Areas. The programme will make a significant contribution to the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The Programme will also support the culture, language and economic activities of the Sami.

 

More information:

INTERREG Nord – the dedicated website

Inforegio – the Directorate General for Regional and Urban policy website

@CorinaCretuEU       @EU_Regional        #ESIF       #CohesionPolicy

Contacts European Commission: Jakub ADAMOWICZ (+32 460 75 05 95) Sophie DUPIN de SAINT-CYR (+32 460 76 43 07)

Contact Managing Authority: County Administrative Board of Norrbotten (+ 46 10 225 50 00)