Interreg : European Territorial Co-operation

European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), better known as Interreg,  is one of the two goals of cohesion policy and provides a framework for the implementation of joint actions and policy exchanges between national, regional and local actors from different Member States. The overarching objective of European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) is to promote a harmonious economic, social and territorial development of the Union as a whole. Interreg is built around three strands of cooperation: cross-border (Interreg A), transnational (Interreg B) and interregional (Interreg C).
Five programming periods of Interreg have succeeded each other:
 INTERREG I (1990-1993) -  INTERREG II (1994-1999) - INTERREG III (2000-2006) - INTERREG IV (2007-2013) - INTERREG V (2014-2020)

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    Do you want to showcase your project, meet potential partners, experts and practitioners of Cohesion Policy? Do you want to inspire or learn from regions and cities, regional and local politicians on the future of Europe and Cohesion?  

    Then organise a workshop at the EU Regions Week 2019 with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional & Urban Policy at the Square, in the centre of Brussels, at the very heart of Europe. Apply to become a partner no later than 29 March.

    Read more about becoming a partner and see the Guide for Regional Partnerships 2019.

    'Europe, let's cooperate!', the fifth interregional cooperation forum organised by the Interreg Europe, takes place in Brussels on 10 April 2019.

    Are you a policymaker or a practitioner working on research and innovation, competitiveness of SMEs, low-carbon economy, or environment and resource efficiency? If so, the event is for you. Take part in this action-packed day! Join the interactive workshops, visit the ‘Policy change’ exhibition and meet peers from all over Europe who share your interests. Come to discover the good practices, pick up ideas and inspiration to take back home with you, and make use of the networking opportunities to build new connections. Find out what benefits interregional cooperation offers to you. Check the event programme for more information.

    'Europe, let's cooperate!' is an opportunity to share experiences, inspire and be inspired. Come and get involved. Register by 22 March 2019.

    Further information

    The ‘Interreg Project Slam 2019’ is part of the work implemented by Interact Programme promoting innovative communication approaches related to capitalisation of Interreg results. The aim of this initiative is to demonstrate how Interreg works and how its cooperation model could be enlarged/transferred.

    The Interreg Project Slam 2019 will be part of the programme of the ‘European Week of Regions and Cities’, from 7 to 11 October in Brussels. The exact date will be confirmed as soon possible. 

    For all details and information, please read carefully the Call for proposals in attached document below.

    The application form is available in https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/InterregProjectSlam2019(link is external)

    Deadline for applications: 30 April 2019 at 12:00 PM CET.

    Contact and information: euregionsweek.slam@interact-eu.net 

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Introduction

In 1990, Interreg was developed as a Community Initiative in with a budget of just EUR 1 billion covering exclusively cross-border cooperation. Later, Interreg has been extended to transnational and interregional cooperation. For 2014-2020 European territorial cooperation is one of the two goals of Cohesion Policy besides investment for Growth and Job.

Interreg evolution

The 25th anniversary of Interreg has been celebrated in 2015 with a variety of events around Europe. Over the years, Interreg has become the key instrument of the European Union to support cooperation between partners across borders. The aim: to tackle common challenges together and find shared solutions - whether in the field of health, research and education, transport or sustainable energy.

2014-2020 period – Interreg V

In accordance with the new design of the European Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 and the targets set out in Europe 2020, Interreg has significantly been reshaped to achieve greater impact and an even more effective use of the investments. Key elements of the 2014-2020 reform are:
-Concentration
-Simplification
-Results orientation
The fifth period of Interreg is based on 11 investment priorities laid down in the ERDF Regulation contributing to the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. At least, 80% of the budget for each cooperation programme has to concentrate on a maximum of 4 thematic objectives among the eleven EU priorities:

11 priorities

The fifth programming period of Interreg has a budget of EUR 10.1 billion invested in over 100 cooperation programmes between regions and territorial, social and economic partners. This budget also includes the ERDF allocation for Member States to participate in EU external border cooperation programmes supported by other instruments (Instrument for Pre-Accession and European Neighborhood Instrument).

  • 60 Cross-border – Interreg V-A, along 38 internal EU borders. ERDF contribution: EUR 6.6 billion.
  • 15 Transnational – Interreg V-B, covering larger areas of co-operation such as the Baltic Sea, Alpine and Mediterranean regions, as well as some non-EU countries. ERDF contribution: EUR 2.1 billion.
  • The interregional co-operation programme, INTERREG Europe, and 3 networking programmes (Urbact III, Interact III and ESPON) covering all Member States of the EU, as well as Norway and Switzerland and in case of URBACT also Iceland and Lichtenstein. They provide a framework for exchanging experience between regional and local bodies in different countries. ERDF contribution: EUR 500 million.

Interreg Budget

Interreg and inter-regional cooperation 2014-2020: state of play - video recording of the briefing (07/05/2015)

2007-2013 period – Interreg IV

The forth programming period of Interreg had a total budget of EUR 8.7 billion (2, 5 % of the total 2007-13 allocation for cohesion policy). This budget includes the allocation for Member States to participate in EU external border cooperation programmes supported by other instruments (Instrument for Pre-Accession and European Neighborhood Instrument). The budget was distributed as follows:

  • 60 Cross-border – Interreg IV-A, along 38 internal EU borders. ERDF contribution: EUR 5.6 billion.
  • 13 Transnational – Interreg IV-B, covering larger areas of co-operation such as the Baltic Sea, Alpine and Mediterranean regions. ERDF contribution: EUR 1.8 billion.
  • The interregional co-operation programme (INTERREG IVC) and 3 networking programmes (Urbact II, Interact II and ESPON) cover all Member States of the EU. They provide a framework for exchanging experience between regional and local bodies in different countries. ERDF contribution: EUR 445 million.

The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation

Meetings & Events

Interreg Annual Meeting April 26-28 2017

Interreg Annual Meeting June 6-7 2016

Interreg Annual Meeting September 15 2015

Interreg Annual Meeting May 19-20 2014

European Territorial Cooperation Annual Meeting 2013

Annual meeting of cross-border programmes 2011

Publications

European Territorial Cooperation: building bridges between people