Interreg Europe 2014-2020

The Interreg Europe programme financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims to improve the implementation of regional development policies and programmes, in particular programmes for Investment for Growth and Jobs and European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) programmes. 

By co-financing projects and four thematic platforms it allows regional and local public authorities and other players of regional relevance across Europe to exchange practices and ideas on the way public policies work, and thereby find solutions to improve their strategies for their own citizens. 

The Interreg Europe is continuation of INTERREG IVC (2007-2013). Learn what the new features of the Interreg Europe are here >

Two types of actions

Projects

Public organisations from different regions in Europe work together for 3 to 5 years on a shared policy issue.

Action plans in the participating regions will ensure that the lessons learnt from the cooperation are put into action. Partners will monitor how far the action plans are implemented. 

Calls for project proposals are launched throughout the programming period. Get ready for first call for proposals.

Platforms

A tool for faster and better sharing of knowledge to help policymakers do their job better. 

Platforms are a space for continuous learning about public policies in the four themes of the programme. Organisations dealing with regional development policies in Europe can find solutions there to improve the way they manage and implement their policies.

The main aim is to support local and regional governments to be more effective when planning and implementing policies for the benefit of citizens.

Platforms will start running at the end of 2015. Subscribe to our community to be informed about the activities of the platforms. 

Eligibility area

INTERREG EUROPE eligibility map

 

 

30 Countries are participating in the programme:

  • 28 EU Member States 
  • Switzerland and Norway

 

 

 

 

 

Who can participate?

  • Public authorities

National, regional, or local authorities

  •  Public law bodies (bodies governed by public law) 

(a) they are established for the specific purpose of meeting needs in the general interest, not having an industrial or commercial character;

(b) they have legal personality; and

(c) they are financed, for the most part, by the State, regional or local authorities, or by other bodies governed by public law; or are subject to management supervision by those authorities or bodies; or have an administrative, managerial or supervisory board, more than half of whose members are appointed by the State, regional or local authorities, or by other bodies governed by public law; 

  •  A private non-profit body

(a) they do not have an industrial or commercial character;

(b) they have a legal personality; and

(c) they are not financed, for the most part, by the state, regional or local authorities, or other bodies governed by public law; or are not subject to management supervision by those bodies; or not having an administrative, managerial or supervisory board, more than half of whose members are appointed by the State, regional or local authorities, or by other bodies governed by public law.

Non-profit bodies cannot take on the role of a lead partner.

In some Partner States, for example, cluster organisations, chambers of commerce, entrepreneurs & business associations or trade unions are considered to be private non-profit bodies in view of the criteria mentioned above. 

Each Partner State is responsible for confirming the legal status of partners located on its territory. Should there be any doubt in this respect, applicants should contact their Partner State representative directly. 

Budget

The programme is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The total budget for the programme is EUR 359 million.

  • EUR 322.4 m is for interregional cooperation projects implemented by EU partners. Partners from Norway and Switzerland will be co-financed by national funds from their respective countries. 
  • EUR 15.3 m is being allocated to the policy learning platforms.
  • EUR 21.3 m goes to technical assistance for programme set-up, implementation, monitoring etc.

Co-financing for projects

Co-financing rates for projects are as following:

  • 85%  ERDF for public bodies and bodies governed by public law from all 28 EU partner states
  • 75% ERDF for private non-profit bodies from all 28 EU partner states
  • 50% Norwegian funding for public bodies governed by public law and private non-profit bodies from Norway
  • Swiss funding - partners from Switzerland are invited to contact the Swiss Interreg national point of contact to receive information on Swiss funding opportunities

Official programme documents

The final version of the Interreg Europe cooperation programme approved by all partner states and submitted to the European Commission is now available.

A strategic environmental assessment was carried out to analyse the environmental impacts of the programme.

Final report on the ex-ante evaluation of the cooperation programme is also available.

A statement summarising how environmental considerations have been integrated in the cooperation programme was written.

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