The INTERREG EUROPE programme financed from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) strives to support mutual policy learning among public bodies with the aim to improve functioning of regional development policies and programmes. It allows public bodies across Europe to exchange practice and ideas related to the manner of functioning of public policies, thus finding solutions to improve their development strategies.
The programme's main objective is to help implementing programmes implemented within the objective of investment for growth and employment (Objective 1) and/or within the objective or European Territorial Cooperation (Objective 2). Projects will be able to help improve implementation of programmes under Objective 1 and Objective 2 through one of the following measures:
a) Implementing a new project/instrument financed under an Objective 1 or Objective 2 programme
b) Changing the programme/policy management (modification of conditions of calls, alternative methods of monitoring, evaluation)
c) Changing the programme/policy strategic focus (modification of the specific objective, incorporation of a new objective, etc.)
Public bodies, public institutions and private non-profit entities may participate in the projects. Projects will be financed by the ERDF in the amount of up to 85% of eligible expenditure for public and public-law beneficiaries and 75% for non-profit private beneficiaries.
The Nord-pas-de Calais region, with its seat in Lille, France, is in charge with the programme management.
The INTERREG EUROPE programme will focus on the following priorities:
- Research, technological development and innovation
1.1. Enhancing the research and innovation infrastructure and capacity
1.2 Supporting innovative "smart specialisation" chains and innovation opportunities
- Competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises
2.1. Supporting SMEs in growth, development and activities in the field of innovations
- Low-carbon economy
3.1. Shift towards a low-carbon economy
- Environment and resource efficiency
4.1. Conservation, protection and development of natural and cultural heritage
4.2 Effective use of resources, economic growth and innovation, environmental impact management
INTERREG EUROPE will finance two activities:
a) Cooperation projects: partnerships of public organisations coming from different European countries, cooperating for 3 to 5 years, through exchange of experience related to various thematic areas with the main objective to improve implementation of Objective 1 and Objective 2 programmes. Each region participating in the project will have to create an Action Plan describing how the project results in that region will be further used and implemented in practice. Projects will also have to monitor how to apply the Action Plans in practice.
Calls for project submission will be announced gradually during the programming period.
b) Policy Learning Platforms: space for continuous learning, where any organisation dealing with regional development policies will be able to find solutions to improve public policy management and implementation in the above-mentioned thematic areas.
To search for a potential partner or insert your own project proposal
, use, after registration, the sections on the website of the INTERREG programme.
The INTERREG EUROPE programme was being prepared since 2012 with partners from all EU Member States, Switzerland and Norway. [vypuštěno] [vypuštěno] The current design of the programme is a result of compromise between the partners involved. The current version of the INTERREG EUROPE programme is available for download on this page. If you have any questions, please contact the INTERREG EUROPE preparation contact point at: email@example.com