Within the Interreg VC interregional strand, the Interreg Europe programme aims to improve cohesion policy by exchanging experience, transferring good practives and joint initiatives between local and regional governments. The programme covers all EU Member States as well as Norway and Switzerland and has a budget of €359 million for the 2014-2020 period. The managing authority is the Hauts-de-France region (France).
Interreg Europe is structured around four priority axes:
- Research, technological development and innovation (TO1)
- Competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (TO3)
- Low-carbon economy (TO4)
- Environment and resource efficient use (TO6)
- Local, regional and national public authorities.
- Managing authorities/Intermediate bodies in charge of Investment for Growth and Employment or European Territorial Cooperation programmes
- Agencies, research institutes, thematic and not-for-profit organizations that can participate by soliciting their local government.
To achieve these objectives, Interreg Europe implements two main types of actions:
- Interregional cooperation projects
Interreg Europe co-finances these projects up to 85%. Partners must identify a common interest and work together for a period of 3 to 5 years. Each partner should produce an action plan, establish a stakeholder group and participate in the policy learning platforms. These actions allow the exchange of information between participants. Following this first step, the partners must evaluate the implementation of their action plan and report to the lead partner. Depending on the number of partners and its duration, the budget of a project is between one and two million euros.
- Policy learning platform
Interreg Europe has set up four platforms corresponding the four priority axes of the programme. These platforms are open to project partners and the wider community of regional policy stakeholders. Their aim is to facilitate lifelong learning in these organizations to improve how they design and implement their policies. They also offer a knowledge bank, networking and expert support
In March 2014, the MOT took part in the consultation on the Interreg Europe 2014-2020 programme.
See the MOT contribution.