The interregional cooperation programme - INTERREG EUROPE - Innovation and Environment Regions of Europe Sharing Solutions
The interregional cooperation programme 2014-2020, ‘INTERREG EUROPE’, is currently being shaped. Its objective is to help European regions to design and implement regional policies and programmes more effectively, in particular the EU Structural and Investment Funds programmes for Growth and Jobs, but also, where relevant, the programmes under th eEuropean Territorial Cooperation (ETC) goal. The programme aims to do so through enabling exchange of experience, knowledge and good practices among relevant stakeholders from different European regions. The programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
The programme will address four thematic objectives:
• Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
• Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs
• Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors
• Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency
• interregional cooperation projects which allow partners from the different EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland to work together on a shared regional policy issue under the four thematic objectives supported. By adopting successful approaches from other project partners, the regions involved in these projects should improve the way their programmes and policies are implemented.
• The programme will provide assistance to all European regions through policy learning platforms covering the four thematic objectives. These platforms will offer services such as individual advice, peer reviews, thematic seminars and recommendations on the design and implementation of Structural and Investment Funds programmes.
Legal basis: Council Regulation No 1083/2006: legal background for Cohesion Policy, Council and Parliament Regulation No 1080/2006: legal background for ERDF, Commission Regulation No 1828/2006: rules for implementing Cohesion Policy funds
The programme covers the whole territory of the European Union (EU), Norway and Switzerland.