Interform, European network for training and research into cross-border practices

Countries: Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland
Border(s): France-Germany, Germany-Switzerland, France-Spain-Andorra, France-Italy-Monaco, France-Switzerland, Italy-Switzerland,
European programme(s):
- Cross-border cooperation professions
- Education, training and languages

Lead partner: Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière

Approved in December 2004 as part of the European INTERACT programme, the INTERFORM project has enabled the formation of a European training and research network focusing on cross-border practices. Its objective is to develop the capability of territories to set up cooperation projects by organizing a scientific and technical corpus confronted with practices in the field through networking of training and research institutions specialized in this area.


  • Cross-border operational organization – Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (Lead Partner) (France)
  • Kehl / Strasbourg Euro-Institute (Germany)
  • University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)
  • University of Genoa (Italy)
  • International Institute for Communication (Italy)
  • University of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • University of Pau and the Adour region
  • University of Deusto (Spain)

Project goals

Main objectives:

  • To develop the capacity of cross-border areas to set up cooperation projects by organizing a body of scientists and technicians dealing with field practices, thanks to the networking of trainers and researchers.
  • Increasing the professionalism of the organisations and individuals involved in cross border cooperation via the development of initial or ongoing training initiative.
  • Enabling cross border professionals to carry out exchanges regarding their practices by means of the transmission and appropriation of best practice and expertise, and linking up researchers and organisations active in the territories.
  • Collectively and progressively developing a shared culture for transfer to the new EU member states.
  • Support for the organization and networking of training institutions on the borders.

Project activities

The project is organized around three strands:
- First, the “resources” strand must establish a documentation centre (teaching base for training and reference base for research) and a network of experts (identification of competencies, networking of practices, etc.). Another objective of this strand is to organize the complementarity of training sites by optimizing the range of courses available and strengthening the specific features of each site.
- The “production” strand is dedicated to the design of methodological or topic-based “training modules”. The new educational products developed within this framework are intended for transfer to all the borders of Europe.
The first methodological module was the subject of a test seminar on 23 and 24 March in Kehl. The objective was to work on the training of cross-border project leaders. It is intended to lead to the production of a “teaching kit”.
- Finally, the “professionalization” strand is based on the organization of an annual seminar, the “Entretiens du transfrontalier” (cross-border discussions). The objective is to increase the professional competencies of the protagonists by comparing viewpoints between practitioners in the field and researchers.
The first “Entretiens” took place in December 2005 in Nice on the topic of economic development.
The second “Entretiens du transfrontalier” is taking place on 30 November and 1 December 2006 on the French-German border, on the topic “trades and competencies in a cross-border setting”.

More info

Project duration

01/10/2004 - 31/03/2008

Total cost

937 500 €

EU funding

468 750 €