With all funds committed and projects reporting on the implementation of their action plans, we are proud to present an overview of the results the interregional cooperation brings.
Explore our web documentary and find out what happens when people work together. Look at the key numbers about our results below and the map of involvement of regions in Interreg Europe. Or scroll a bit and discover a few specific stories of policy changes.
Regional policy making made more efficient
Our projects have been very active. By mid-May 2020, they held over 8,200 policy learning events and identified more than 2,600 good practices. Over 1,500 of them are in our good practice database.
Over 8,300 people engaged in the projects feel that their professional capacity increased thanks to the project activities.
Moreover, 130 projects from the first and the second calls finalised their phase 1 in 2019 and developed 612 action plans for their regions.
Policy learning activities bring results
So far, our projects have succeeded in influencing 314 policy instruments, including 193 Structural Funds operational programmes. Check the table below for specific examples.
The financial impact of this influence has already exceeded the ERDF budget allocated to Interreg Europe (359 MEUR). It is currently estimated at 429 million euros in total, with 391 million euros of ERDF funding. This funding has been allocated in the 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. It makes the use of the financial resources available in their regions more efficient. These results also show that Interreg Europe directly contributes to a more efficient implementation of the Cohesion Policy. You can find more details about the 314 policy changes in the following table.
All regions can benefit
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. Or check all our maps of involvement by topic.
If you find that your region is not involved yet, remember that the Policy Learning Platform offers other cooperation opportunities, for example through the peer review. Just check the conditions, apply and join.
Success stories about policy changes
Click through the topics and read a brief summary of the selected project results.
Research & innovation
Research and innovation
|BRIDGES identified a good practice from Greece, the Autodiagnostic tool for agro-SMEs. The Poland's Lubelskie region used the tool to offer a special support to 63 companies to boost their innovation. You can read about the actions planned in all partner regions inspired by the project.|
|HoCare brought more independence to elderly people in Cyprus thanks to telemedicine. A good practice from Slovenia inspired the Cypriot health providers to set up telecare services in their hospitals. The Ministry of Health mobilised EUR 400,000 of Structural funds for it. Read more|
|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 |
|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|
|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 EUR 25,000 from the Managing Authority. Read more |
|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|
|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. |
Competitiveness of SMEs
|RCIA helped creative industry SMEs in Wallonia, Belgium, with a new incubator inspired by Riga’s CCI and Barcelona’s 3D incubators. The incubator provides SMEs with a portfolio of services, including access to the leaders in their field. The Public Service of Wallonia mobilised EUR 255,000 of the regional Structural Funds to set it up.|
|Thanks to TRINNO, traditional sector SMEs in Slovenia have a voucher scheme to develop products and services using digital tools. Ideas from Ireland helped to set up the new scheme and simplify the innovation support. The national OP has distributed MEUR 3.58 in vouchers.|
|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 |
|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 |
|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|
|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|
|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 MEUR 7.5 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 |
|In SUPPORT project, the Energy Agency in Rhineland-Palatinate developed a project KomBiReK - Municipal greenhouse gas balancing and regional climate protection portals, inspired by a good practice from Romania. It will make energy balances more accessible and involve people in the climate protection. The project got EUR 550,400 from the regional OP|
|RESOLVE helped the City of Roermond improve the mobility policy with several sustainable transport solutions: a bike-sharing system inspired by Rotterdam, a tour guide with retail commercials following ideas from Sweden,and a roadmap towards a coherent mobility policy inspired by ideas from the UK.|
|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 MEUR 20 to develop their own park and ride solution. Find out more|
|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|
|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|
|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|