It's time to show the programme's first results.

With all funds committed and the first projects reporting on the implementation of their action plans, we are proud to share an overview of the results the interregional cooperation projects have already achieved.

Discover a few stories of policy changes below. Explore our web-documentary and find out what happens when people work together. Or scroll a bit and look at some key numbers and the map of involvement of regions in Interreg Europe. Maybe also in the one you live in.

First success stories about policy changes

Click through the topics and read a brief summary of the selected project results.

Research & innovation

Research and innovation

ClusterFY has developed joint policy recommendations on cluster policy development, key enabling technologies and cluster internationalisation issues. They were also mentioned as a good example in the European Cluster Policy Forum paper. Read more
[Nov 2019]
ERUDITE used a new methodology to create digital services. They set up Fab Labs in Slovenia to help people develop new products and a Digital Hub in Ireland for capacity building, to create new jobs and startups, and support existing companies. Find out more
[Nov 2019]
Islands of Innovation influenced the ERDF Operational Programme in Fryslân, started funding new innovation projects on the Wadden islands, and developed a new pilot project with the help of €25,000 from the Managing Authority. Read more
[Nov 2019]
RESET influenced the UK's Innovation Strategy and gained £5.4 million in fuding for a new project called the Future Fashion Factory. They also obtained £400,000 to develop new skills and move to a circular economy. Find out more
[Nov 2019]
INKREASE influenced the Austrian ERDF Investment in Growth and Jobs Programme, the measure on clusters/networks and location management. The CRAFT good practice from Brittany inspired the Lower Austrian Government to invest EUR 351,000 in a project called House of Digitalization. The aim is to develop a virtual one-stop shop to help in digitalization of SMEs.
[Oct 2019]

SME competitiveness

Competitiveness of SMEs

The Spanish partner from Pure Comos was inspired by their German partner to include a financial advice service in their one-stop-shop system in order to increase the services to entreprises and entrepreneurs. Read more
[Nov 2019]
ESSPO influenced the ERDF Operational Programme in Wielkopolska region, Poland. They contributed to the design of a new instrument for the incubation of start ups in an open call. Find out more
[Nov 2019]
iEER influenced the ERDF Operational Programme in Southern Finland. Support to young entrepreneurs and the development of an entrepreneurship ecosystem are now a priority when putting out calls for proposals. Find out more
[Nov 2019]
RaiSE influenced the regional development strategy in Öbero, Sweden and now sees social enterprises as contributing to economic growth and doing something really meaningful for people in dire situations. Find out more
[Nov 2019]
ATM for SMEs influenced their Regional Operational Programme in Poland. Inspired by practices in microfinance for SMEs from Italy and Hungary, the Marshal Office of Świętokrzyskie decided to invest EUR 7.5 million in two projects to help the start-up enterprises in the region with new financial instruments such as loans or seed capital investments. Read more
[Oct 2019]

Low-carbon economy

Low-carbon econmy

The Italian partner of REGIO-MOB was inspired by the park and ride scheme in Lubljana. They launched a call for proposals in the Lazio region, which allowed the city of Rome to get 20 million euros to develop their own park and ride solution. Find out more
[Dec 2019]
FINERPOL influenced the ERDF Operational Programme in Extremadura, Spain. By identifying the right type of financial instrument during their cooperation project, the Spanish partner managed to integrate financial instruments like guarantee funds in their region. Read more
[Dec 2019]
LAST MILE integrated a flexible transport system in Varna's regional plan and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. As a result, they helped create 25 new green jobs and launched seasonal electric minibus lines to tourist destinations. Find out more
[Nov 2019]
SET-UP helped to fine-tune two calls for proposals of the ERDF Operational Programme of Brittany, France, on the energy storage and conversion and on the collective self-consumption projects. Thanks to seeing actual cases of storage system use in other SET-UP partner regions, the energy conversion became a criterion for eligibility in one of the calls. Find out more
[Oct 2019]

Environment

Environment

BID-REX influenced the Catalan Strategy of Biodiversity which identifies the region's nature conservation priorities. One of their actions was to build a multi-source biodiversity information database. Find out more
[Dec 2019]
PERFECT influenced the Operation Programme in Bratislava that supports sustainable and efficient use of natural resources in the region. They launched a call for projects to help the region adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and foster green infrastructure. Find out more
[Nov 2019]

 

 

Resource efficiency

INTHERWASTE influenced the ERDF Operational Programme in Andalusia to help with the collection, separation and treatment of waste in their historic region. They obtained 86,664 EUR from the regional government to fund a study of municipate waste collection models. Find out more
[Nov 2019]
BIOREGIO influenced the Finnish Sustainable growth and jobs programme. Partners' good practices and site visits inspired a project Kiertoliike and shaped its focus on bio-based content and the development of bioenergy solution in the Päijät-Häme region. The Finnish programme allocated EUR 995 450 for the project. Find out more
[Oct 2019]

All regions can share solutions

Close to 90% of NUTS 2 regions from all eligible countries are involved in our cooperation projects. Click on the map, zoom in and check how many partners come from your region.

 

If you find your region empty, remember that the Policy Learning Platform offers other opportunities to join in the cooperation through one of our policy services, for example the peer review. Just check the conditions, apply and join.

Good practices for inspiration

258 running projects with more than 2000 partners share with others the good practices they identified through the Good practice database. There are more than 1,000 at the moment, all checked and validated by the Policy Learning Platform experts.

Search the database by topic or country, and see what might be useful for your town or region. If you log in to My Interreg Europe, you can contact the author of the good practice you find inspiring for your region.

Regional policy making made more efficient

4,500 people engaged in our projects feel that they have already built up their professional capacity. Project partners and their local stakeholders learn during their meetings and study visits about good practices which make their policy work better. Come back to check how this number grows.

332 million euros has been put aside in regions to finance activities inspired by the projects' exchange of experience. Investment in solutions tried and tested in other corners of Europe saves time of regional policymakers and makes the use of the financial resources available in their regions more efficient. This is just the start, so the financial effect of Interreg Europe projects is also about to grow further.

Already now, the sum more than matches the European funds allocated to our projects (MEUR 322).

More to come soon

This is just a start. Partners in most of our projects still exchange experiences and search for inspiration and solutions for their regional challenges. They are yet to tell us what they achieved and how much their professional knowledge increased.

With each project report, we get additional exciting stories to share with you, hopefully from your own region.

So, come back soon and check this page for updates!