7.4 Interreg


The Interregional Cooperation Programme enables cooperation between regional and local authorities from different countries in the EU27, Norway and Switzerland. This makes the form of projects in which these authorities exchange and transfer their experiences and jointly develop approaches and instruments that improve the effectiveness of regional development policies and contribute to economic modernisation.

In line with the Community Strategic Guidelines for Cohesion Policy 2007-2013, the programme aims to contribute to the Union’s strategy for growth and jobs. As such, it is an important instrument for the implementation of the EU initiative Regions for  economic Change (RFEC). RFEC is designed to support regional and urban networks discovering best practice in economic modernisation, particularly those contributing to the Union’s growth and jobs agenda, and to spread this best practice to all regions in order to help stimulate their sustainable growth and reduce economic disparities.

The programme is structured around two thematic priorities, grouping action fields that are key in helping to achieve a contribution from the regions of Europe to the Union’s strategy for growth, jobs and sustainable development.

Priority 1 addresses innovation and the knowledge economy, focusing mainly on the subthemes innovation, research and technology development, entrepreneurship and SMEs, the information society, and employment, human capital and education.

Priority 2 targets environment and risk prevention, most notably the sub-themes natural and technological risks, water management, Waste prevention and  management, biodiversity and preservation of natural heritage, energy and sustainable transport, and cultural heritage and landscape.

This Operational Programme supports two different types of interventions.

Firstly, it supports “Regional Initiative Projects” initiated by regional actors aiming to exchange experience in a specific policy field in order to identify good practice and to develop new tools and approaches for implementation.

Secondly, INTERREG IVC supports “Capitalisation, including Fast Track projects” in order to ensure that good practice identified, for instance, by the regional initiative projects mentioned above, finds its way into the Convergence, Regional  competitiveness and Employment and European Territorial Cooperation programmes.

The programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It has a total available ERDF budget of € 321 million for the 2007-2013 period. The programme area covers the whole territory of the European Union plus Norway and Switzerland. The programme co-finances the participation of public authorities and bodies governed by public law from these countries. Participation of actors from outside this area is possible under certain conditions.

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    This is a great program, i would recommend this program to one and all.

    Ian Sayers