Through its cohesion policy, the European Union is committed to reducing the gap in the level of development, growth and quality of life in the European region. It promotes actions aimed at making European territories more innovative, sustainable and inclusive. This is the EU’s policy agenda, called the “Europe 2020 Strategy”.
Although most of the funds designated to reduce these gaps are managed by the state, the EU and member states believe that cross-border cooperation can be used to improve regional development.
Therefore, the Interreg European Program funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims to support policy learning among relevant policy organizations, with a view to improving the performance of regional development policies and programs. It enables regional and local public authorities and other participants of regional significance throughout Europe to exchange practices and ideas on how public policy works, and thereby find solutions to improve the strategies of their own citizens.
Interreg Europe will thus support:
- Regional policy actors, including national, regional and local authorities as well as other relevant bodies responsible for the definition and implementation of regional development policies.
- Public bodies and bodies governed by public law. Private non-profit bodies may also be beneficiaries under certain conditions.
- Private companies, especially SMEs, which are an important target group in the context of several supported specific objectives. Plus, when they are relevant, they are encouraged to participate in the activities of Interreg Europe.
The total Interreg budget for the 2014-2020 period, which was financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), amounted to EUR 359 million. For the new period 2021-2027, 4 drafts version have been uploaded, where all the relevant stakeholders (representatives of local, regional or national authorities, or any other institution involved in regional development policies), can participate filling in a survey.
In case you want to participate, you can follow this link: https://www.interregeurope.eu/about-us/2021-2027/ , keeping in mind that the survey will close on Friday 16th April2021.
The following infographics shows how Interreg Europe has been developing the 2021-2027 programme.