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Exchange of experience under the spotlight
 Study on Exchange of Experience ProcessesINTERREG IVC commissioned a study on how interregional cooperation projects organise the process of exchanging experience among partners and how this process can directly influence the policy framework of the concerned regions.

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Report from event on INTERREG IVC's achievements in mainstreaming good practices
Mainstreaming good practicesINTERREG IVC programme organised a one-day event 'EU Cohesion Policy: INTERREG IVC's achievements in mainstreaming good practices' which was held on 28 November in Larnaca, Cyprus. A report on the event is now available to read.

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About the programme

Helping Regions share solutions

INTERREG IVC provides funding for interregional cooperation (Part of the C strand of the ETC (as well as of the former Interreg III Community Initiative), its aim is to promote exchange and transfer of knowledge and best ...) across Europe. It is implemented under the European Community’s territorial co-operation objective and financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (The ERDF is intended to help reduce imbalances between regions of the Community. The Fund was set up in 1975 and grants financial assistance for development projects ...) . The Operational Programme (a document developed by EU countries and /or regions and approved by the Commission, which defines their priorities as well as the programming required to achieve ...) was approved in September 2007 and the period for INTERREG IVC will last from 2007-2013. This programme follows on from the INTERREG IIIC programme which ran from 2002-2006.

The overall objective of the INTERREG IVC Programme is to improve the effectiveness of regional policies and instruments. A project builds on the exchange of experiences among partners who are ideally responsible for the development of their local and regional policies.

The areas of support are innovation and the knowledge economy, environment and risk prevention. Thus, the programme aims to contribute to the economic modernisation and competitiveness of Europe. INTERREG IVc is linked to the objectives of Lisbon and Gothenburg agendas.

Typical tools for exchange of experience are networking activities such as thematic workshops, seminars, conferences, surveys, and study visits. Project partners cooperate to identify and transfer good practices. Possible project outcomes include for example case study collections, policy recommendations, strategic guidelines or action plans. INTERREG IVC also allows light implementation or piloting, but only if these complement the exchange of experience activities.

Supporting sustainable regional development

The programme supports two types of projects : Regional Initiative Projects (Regional Initiative Projects are ‘classic’ interregional cooperation projects comparable to those already supported under the INTERREG IIIC programme. They allow ...) and Capitalisation Projects (Capitalisation Projects are interregional cooperation projects which focus specifically on the transfer of regional development good practices into mainstream EU ...) .

In Regional Initiative Projects partners work together to exchange experiences in a policy field of their interest. They can choose between three levels of intensity for their cooperation. These vary from simple networking to the development of policy instruments or the establishment of mini-programmes (mini-programmes are projects with a limited number of partners developing a joint framework for interregional cooperation that will be implemented through a limited ...) .

In Capitalisation Projects partners build on already identified good practices. Capitalisation projects are set up to transfer these good practices into mainstream programmes of EU Structural Funds (The EU's Structural Funds are administered by the Commission to finance Community structural aid. They comprise the Guidance Section of the EAGGF for agriculture, ...) . This is done by developing action plans and involving relevant policy makers. The European Commission offers additional expertise to some of these projects, named Fast Tract Projects.

More information about how and when to apply can be found on the assistance page.

Founding documents

Further information about the programme and related European Union regulations can be downloaded below.

European regulations

The INTERREG IVC Programme is financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), whose principles and regulations are laid down in Council Regulation N° 1083/2006 (General Regulation), Council and Parliament Regulation N° 1080/2006 (ERDF Regulation) and Commission Regulation N° 1828/2006 (Implementation Regulation). The Regulation on the use of the Euro in Structural Funds (Commission Regulation N­° 0643/2000) also applies to the INTERREG IVC Programme.

Please note that the INTERREG IVC programme does not exercise the option available in Article 7 (4) (i) of Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 amended by Regulation (EC) No 397/2009. It is thus not possible to declare costs on the basis of flat rates, standard scales of unit cost or lump sums.

The Subsidy Contract (contract between the Managing Authority and the operation’s Lead Partner. It determines the rights and responsibilities of the Lead Partner and the Managing Authority, ...) also mentions four Directives and one Regulation related to public procurement procedures in the European Union. They can be downloaded on the following file:

Programme regulations

The principles and regulations for projects developed within the Programme are laid down in the Operational Programme.

Programme evaluation

During the course of 2010 - around the midway point of the programme implementation - the programme carried out an external evaluation of its positioning in relation to its strategic objectives and possible future orientation. The final report of this evaluation is published for consultation.


Study on Exchange of Experience

A specific study on exchange of experience processes aims to provide a better understanding of how the projects organised their exchange of experience among partners under the operational element dedicated to this aspect in the application form (Component 3) and also how the exchange of experience process can directly influence the policy framework of the concerned regions. Moreover, the study highlight successful or less successful approaches and practices from the exchange of experience processes and draw recommendations with a view to further improve the way the exchange of experience is carried out in the present but also in the future programming periods. The research was carried out in July 2012 - January 2013


INTERREG IVC Annual Implementation Reports

The Annual Implementation Reports of the INTERREG IVC Programme present the state of play of the Programme and provide details on the Programme's and projects' achievements.