Interregional Cooperation 2014-2020

The INTERREG IVC programme runs from 2007 until 2013. What happens next? Interregional cooperation will continue under the name Interreg Europe!  

This section provides some information on the process and timing before the next programme officially starts.

EC Regulation

The European Commission first published a draft regulation for Cohesion Policy in October 2011. Since then, it has been under negotiation with Member States. In line with the principle that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”, the information provided below is subject to amendment according to the final agreed texts.

Two major points are relevant for interregional cooperation:

  1. The regulation defines two major ‘goals’ for ERDF: Jobs & Growth and European Territorial Cooperation. As the second goal, ETC will also have its own regulation to better reflect the specific multi-country nature of cooperation.
  2. Interregional cooperation will continue to exist to “reinforce the effectiveness of cohesion policy”.

Link to draft regulations:


Discussions on the multiannual financial framework (in other words, the seven-year budget for the EU from 2014-2020) have been well publicised, with an agreement made between the European Council (Member States representatives) and the European Commission in February 2013. The respective regulation (11791/7/13) was approved on 2 December 2013.

The total allocation for European Territorial Cooperation as a whole is EUR 10.2 billion. Interreg Europe budget allocation is EUR 359m.

Link to multi-annual financial framework:

Eligibility area

INTERREG EUROPE eligibility map

In the Interreg Europe cooperation programme, partners from 30 countries - 28 member states of the European Union, Norway and Switzerland - will be able to exchange their experience and work on improving their Structural Funds and regional development policies.


On the level of interregional cooperation, the process of defining and setting up the next programme is underway, so as to be ready when the final regulations are approved.

A programming committee – made up of representatives of each of the 30 partner countries involved in interregional cooperation (EU28 + Norway and Switzerland), along with advisers from the EC and managing authority – was created in June 2012.

The committee discusses the overall mission and objective of the interregional cooperation programme, its thematic focus and implementation modalities.  The INTERACT programme assists the programming committee by facilitating discussions. Representatives of the European Economic and Social Affairs Committee and Committee of the Regions ensure the inclusion of the relevant regional, economic and social partners in the programming process.


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 brief leaflet presents an overview of the key aspects of the Interreg Europe programme.


A Europe-wide online consultation process took place from 10 January - 21 March 2014 with draft versions of the programme documents.

Consultation with stakeholders has been carried out also by each partner state, and now the final version of the cooperation programme is ready for the partner states' agreement.


Timeline for programming
25-26 June
PC00established programming committee and discussed strategic orientation of next programme
29-30 November 2012 PC01 discussed programme vision, mission statement and first input on the thematic objectives of the programme
27-28 February 2013 PC02 further discussion on selecting programme thematic objectives, examination of programme intervention logic, and decision that Nord-Pas de Calais Region would remain Managing Authority for 2014-2020.
25-26 April
PC03principle agreement to select four thematic objectives: Research, Technological Development and Innovation  (TO1), Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (TO2), Low Carbon Economy (TO4), Environment and Resource Efficiency (TO6) as the focus of interregional cooperation; discussion on the form the programme implementation would take.
26-27 June
PC04Operational programme first draft presented, investment priorities within each thematic objective selected, further development of programme delivery mechanisms (projects, policy learning platforms).
24-26 September 2013 PC05Operational programme second draft presented, detailed development of how programme objectives would be achieved through interregional cooperation projects and  policy learning platforms,  budget allocation among thematic objectives and co-financing rates for projects decided.  Agreement to call the programme ‘INTERREG EUROPE’.
9-11 December 2013 PC06 Operational programme final draft presented, further details on programme delivery discussed.
5-6 March 2014PC07Technical assistance and partner state agreement discussed.
6-7 May 2014
PC08Further on technical assistance, including contact point financing; also on the results of stakeholder consultation on SEA and cooperation programme
18-19 June 2014PC09On projects and platform set-up; on involvement of MAs of Growth and Jobs programmes
July 2014 (provisional)Cooperation programme and SEA submitted to EC
15-16 October 2014PC10On communication strategy; programme manual; terms of reference for the first call for project proposals; application form; financial arrangements and subsidy contract
2-3 December 2014Interregional cooperation forum/ Launch of INTERREG EUROPE
4 December 2014PC11On rules of procedure and further elaboration of the programme documents
10-11 February 2015PC12On the application pack, platforms, RoP, ToR first call, financial arrangements and communication strategy
mid-2015First call for proposals


Europe, let's cooperate! - Interreg Europe launch event

(Bologna, 2-3 December 2014)

The two-day event on 2-3 December 2014 in Bologna, Italy, presented the achievements of INTERREG IVC and launched the new Interreg Europe programme. This Interregional Cooperation Forum offered many partner search, project idea generation and networking possibilities.

The event welcomed 800 participants - policymakers and practitioners from all over Europe working in any of the four selected topics under Interreg Europe: research and innovation, competitiveness of SMEs, low-carbon economy, the environment and resource efficiency.

On 2 December, the plenary sessions was web streamed and the online event was followed by over 1 000 people.

More news related to the event:

Interreg Europe on social media 

Interreg Europe, the successor programme of INTERREG IVC, will have its website launched early 2015. In the meantime, to keep you up to date with all news related to the new programme (programming timeline, details about the programme, the launch event, preparation for the first call, etc.), we set up social media accounts:


twitter (@interregeurope):


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