Spain, France and Andorra: EU invests almost €190 million to boost cooperation across borders
The European Commission adopted today the new interregional cooperation programme ("Interreg") between Spain, France and Andorra, worth almost €190 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). A key focus will be put on cross-border initiatives to protect the environment and strengthen the link between Research & Development and the business sector. With national funding included the total budget of the programme amounts to almost €289 million.
Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: "I am glad to have adopted this programme today; our cross-border programmes are one of the most tangible examples of how the EU is working to help citizens address common challenges by pooling their resources, especially here in the fields of Research & Development and environmental protection. The Pyrenean border regions can now step up a gear in their integration."
The programme will promote a better integration of R&D capacities on both sides of the border to fully exploit the economic potential of the region. It will also address the challenges linked to climate change and environmental issues. Actions in these two main priorities will be complemented by efforts to support sustainable transport infrastructure, labour mobility and closer cooperation in social inclusion, to create an integrated border region.
This first call for cross-border projects will be launched in 2015. The projects will receive up to 65% of EU funding for their activities.