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Interreg II C :

transnational co-operation on regional & spatial planning, including management of water resources (flood mitigation & drought prevention) 1997-1999

The Community Initiative INTERREG II C (Total budget 412.84 MECU) was launched in recognition of the need for the Member States to get involved in a more operational way in co-operation on regional & spatial planning.

This was the result of the increasing economic integration and interdependence between Member States and regions (with the internal market) and of new common challenges resulting namely from major economic trends, such as the globalisation of the economy.

Co-operation has been developing in two parallel and complementary ways:

  • with the joint reflection carried out with the development of an integrated long term strategy for the development of the territory of the Community - the "European Spatial Development Perspective" (ESDP), which is being prepared in partnership between the Member States and the Commission and sets the framework for action to be taken under INTERREG II C.
  • At the operational level, with transnational co-operation programmes to develop concrete projects in the field of regional and spatial planning, 'raison d'Ítre' of this new Initiative.


INTERREG II C clearly differs from the first INTERREG strand (A) because it concerns transnational (and not simply cross-border) co-operation over broader areas and in terms of its objective, involving the territory more deeply and specifically on questions of regional and spatial planning. The aims are to:

  • promote a harmonious and balanced development of the territory of the European Union;
  • foster transnational co-operation within a common framework in the field of spatial planning by the Member States, regions and other authorities and actors;
  • contribute to improve the impact of Community policies on spatial development and
  • help Member States and their regions co-operate on a pro-active approach to common problems, including those linked to water resource management caused by floods and drought.

Action is taken in three major fields, for which Member States are co-operating on joint Operational Programmes, as listed below:

A. General transnational co-operation (Total budget 120.69 MECU)

B. Flood mitigation (148.15 MECU)

C. Drought prevention (114 MECU)


In parallel to the INTERREG II C programmes, and following the same objectives and type of co-operation, the following ERDF Article 10 Pilot Actions were recently adopted:

For more information, contact Mario Rodrigues, DG XVI.A.3: Fax: +


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