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- What is the difference between Interreg IVC and Interreg Europe?
We introduced new features to the programme to ensure that the use of EU funds is more effective:
- Selection of more focused topics: the more focused the topics, the more chances there are to have effective results
- Mid to long-term monitoring: EU cooperation projects have been criticised in the past over the difficulty of capturing projects’ results (on policy change) after the funding of the activities has ended. Now, regional partners will be asked to spend some time monitoring the effect of the projects on their territories. This 'monitoring phase' is essential for participating regions to demonstrate the value of the cooperation and to make sure that the results of cooperation (and of the investment of EU money) are captured more systematically.
- Policy learning platforms: while many European networks exist on countless topics of regional development, none has the main aim of supporting local and regional governments to be more effective when planning and implementing policies for the benefit of citizens. Policy learning platforms seek to redress this. They are a tool for faster and better sharing of knowledge to help governments do their job better.
- Greater emphasis on improving policies and programmes that are part of the European Union’s Cohesion policy.
- For the first time, private non-profit bodies can benefit from Interreg Europe funding, in addition to public bodies and bodies governed by public law.