The 25 years of Interreg

In 2015, Interreg celebrates its 25th anniversary. A quarter of a century playing an active role in regional development and European cohesion, improving the life of people and supporting local economies.

The Luxembourg presidency will organise a celebration event with the support of the European Commission and INTERACT on 15-16 September 2015. This event will be the occasion to showcase changes Interreg brought in people’s life and how it represents a model in other parts of the world.

The fifth programming period of Interreg for 2014-2020 has a budget of EUR 10.1 billion invested in around 107 cooperation programmes between regions and territorial, social and economic partners. This budget also includes the ERDF allocation for Member States to participate in EU external border cooperation programmes supported by other instruments (Instrument for Pre-Accession and European Neighbourhood Instrument).

60 Cross-border – Interreg V-A, along 38 internal EU borders. ERDF contribution: EUR 6.6 billion
15 Transnational – Interreg V-B, covering larger areas of co-operation such as the Baltic Sea, Alpine and Mediterranean regions. ERDF contribution: EUR 2.1 billion.
The interregional co-operation programmes (Interreg Europe, Interact, Urbact and ESPON) cover all 28 Member States of the EU. They provide a framework for exchanging experience between regional and local bodies in different countries. ERDF contribution: EUR 500 million.

The 12 Interreg-IPA CBC programmes as well as the 16 Interreg-ENI CBC programmes with EUR 242 million ERDF contribution and EUR 634 million ERDF contribution respectively.
European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), better known as Interreg, is a financing instrument of European regional development. Interreg has been designed in the framework of the European Cohesion Policy to intensify institutional cooperation across borders between regions located on European Union's internal and external borders, and regions within transnational areas. As regions of the EU Member States are facing similar issues not contained by borders, territorial cooperation stands out as a key tool in efficiently addressing socio-economic and environmental challenges. The overarching objective of European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) is to lessen the influence of national borders in order to promote a harmonious economic, social and cultural development of the Union as a whole.

(D.H., 21.07.2015)