Interreg 30 years of cooperation across borders

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Date : 07/02/2020

Interreg is the EU’s flagship scheme for cooperation across borders at regional and national level, to the benefit of all EU citizens. Launched in 1990, it has proven that borders are not barriers and has brought Europeans closer together by helping to tackle common challenges and creating new opportunities for cooperation across borders.

Interreg is about cooperation between communities, regions and countries in the EU and its immediate neighbours with:

  • 60 cross-border programmes improving citizens’ lives by giving them more and better opportunities and access
    to services across internal borders of the EU;
  • 4 interregional cooperation programmes that foster capacity building and cooperation between urban areas and regions, across the European continent;
  • 15 transnational cooperation programmes to tackle common challenges and share good practices among countries in the same geographical area, in Europe and beyond
  • 10 cooperation programmes with accession countries (Interreg Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) Cross-Border Programmes),
  • 15 cooperation programmes between EU and neighbouring countries sharing a land border or sea crossing, (Interreg European Neighbourhood Instrument Cross-Border (ENI CBC) Programmes).

Developing a sense of community starts at a young age. Thanks to the Interreg Volunteer Youth (IVY) launched in 2017, around 400 volunteers between 18 and 30 years old have participated in cooperation programmes and projects. IVY is also part of the European Solidarity Corps.

Going beyond Interreg, Macro Regional Strategies also help boosting cooperation in Europe, and in particular in the Baltic (EUSBSR), the Danube (EUSDR), the Adriatic-Ionian (EUSAIR) and Alpine (EUSALP) areas, with the specific objective to tackle common challenges, multiply funding opportunities, and concentrate resources.

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