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Interreg Europe 2014-2020

Interreg Europe is primarily targeted at local and regional public authorities and focuses on the identification, analysis, dissemination and transfer of good practices and policy experiences, with a view to improving the effectiveness of regional and local policies.

The overall objective is to improve the implementation of policies and programmes for regional development, principally of programmes under the Investment for Growth and Jobs goal and, where relevant, of programmes under the European Territorial Cooperation goal, by promoting exchange of experience and policy learning among actors of regional relevance.

This overall objective is broken down into the following two operational objectives:

  1. implementation of programmes for Investment for Growth and Jobs and, where relevant, European Territorial Cooperation.
  2. exchange of experience and sharing of practices among actors of regional relevance

Interregional cooperation is the only Interreg programme for which all EU regions are eligible.

Public bodies may be financed up to 85% of total cost.

In total, a project can last between 3 and 5 years:

  • Phase 1 lasts from one to three years and it is the core phase.
  • Phase 2 lasts two years, as the impacts of the measures on the territories can usually be assessed within this time. It should be highlighted that the time dedicated to phase 2 also includes the time needed for closing the project (usually estimated at three months).

The involvement of authorities responsible for the policy instruments addressed by the project is  a pre-requisite. If they cannot be directly involved, a letter of support from these relevant authorities must be submitted.

Balanced participation from their different partners; which can be achieved in two main ways. First, it is important to ensure that all partners are involved in the project’s different activities as well as in project coordination. Second, partners’ relative involvement is also reflected through their financial contribution. It is clear that the budget of a partner must be in line with the level of costs in its specific country, nonetheless, any major differences between partners’ budgets must be clearly justified on the application form. The aim is to encourage regions with GDP per capita lower than 75 of the EU-28 average (less developed regions) to work with regions whose GDP per capita is higher (transition regions – GDP per capita between 75% and 90% of the EU-28 average – and more developed regions).

Projects are required to involve partners from at least three countries, of which at least two partners must be from EU Member States and financed by the Interreg Europe programme. Based on INTERREG IVC experience, a partnership between 5 to 10 partners appears to be the best configuration to ensure efficient interregional learning.

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