06 Jul Interreg – After 2020: Good news – It will go on!
On the 29th of May 2018, the European Commission presented its proposals for EU cohesion policy from 2021 onwards. Interreg will be given a high European added value and will continue to be funded through specific programmes.
The Interreg programmes support cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation across Europe, enabling Member States and regions to work together across borders to address common challenges. The proposal for a regulation allocates € 8.4 billion to European Territorial Cooperation for the period 2021-2027.
In the future, there should be cross-border programmes at land borders, transnational and maritime cooperation programmes and programmes for the outermost regions. In addition, the INTERACT and ESPON interregional programmes will continue into the 2021-2027 period. The Commission has also proposed a brand new programme for „interregional innovation investments“.
The funding priorities will be reduced from 11% to 5% in the future funding period to support: „a smarter Europe“, „a greener, low-carbon Europe“, „a more connected Europe“, and „a more social Europe“. The fifth objective for the Interreg programmes has been added under the theme „A Europe closer to citizens by fostering the sustainable and integrated development of urban, rural and coastal areas and local initiatives“.
The Commission’s proposal for regional development and cohesion can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/publications/regional-development-and-cohesion_en.