Answer the series of questions below to check if your project idea is relevant for Interreg Europe.
Before going forward with your application or seeking assistance from us, make sure to check the relevance of your project! If you can answer ‘yes’ to all the questions, you're on the right track.
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The programme covers the following six specific objectives:
The issue addressed by the project needs to be clearly defined, well focused, and correspond to a shared need of all project partners. If this is not the case, please review the selection of partners and/or policy instruments. In case your project does not clearly address one out of these six specific objectives, the project is not relevant to the programme.
A policy instrument is a means for public intervention. It refers to any policy, strategy, or law developed by public authorities and applied on the ground in order to improve a specific territorial situation. In most cases, financial resources are associated with a policy instrument. However, an instrument can also sometimes refer to a legislative framework with no specific funding. In the context of Interreg Europe, operational programmes for Investment for Growth and Jobs as well as Cooperation Programmes from European Territorial Cooperation are considered to be policy instruments. Beyond EU cohesion policy, local, regional or national public authorities also develop their own policy instruments.
The identification of the policy instruments to be improved is the starting point to ensure that the project contributes to the programme’s objective of “improving policies”. In case you did not identify them yet, please get back to your potential partners to elaborate on common needs and to identify, for each partner region, the most appropriate policy instrument that partners will address within the project.
Structural Funds programmes are programmes of the EU cohesion policy that are financed by the ERDF and ESF Funds and include both the Investment for Growth and Jobs programmes and the European Territorial Cooperation programmes. Interreg Europe aims at improving “the implementation of policies and programmes for regional development, principally of programmes under the Investment for Growth and Jobs goal and, where relevant, of programmes under the European Territorial Cooperation goal”. Based on this objective, a threshold was introduced, namely at least half of the policy instruments addressed by EU regions in a project need to be Structural Funds programmes.
In case you do not meet the threshold (at least half of the policy instruments addressed by EU regions in a project need to be Structural Funds programmes), you should revise the policy instruments or involve additional partner regions to address more Structural Funds programmes.
Ideally, the body in charge of a policy instrument should be a project partner. If this is not possible, the organisation responsible for the policy instrument addressed by the partner can be part of the stakeholder group related to the policy instrument. In this case, the partner has to provide a letter of support from this organisation. In case of Structural Funds programmes, please check the responsible organisations on the programme website under ‘In my country’ section.
The involvement of the policy responsible organisations is a pre requisite in Interreg Europe.
Interreg Europe is the only Interreg programme that covers the whole European Union, Norway and Switzerland. It is therefore highly recommended that partnerships go beyond the cross-border and transnational cooperation areas, as this configuration allows partners to broaden their experience and to confront their practices with very different cultures and contexts.
If the partnership is exclusively or mainly composed of regions coming from an existing cooperation area, the added-value of the partnership will be questionable in the context of Interreg Europe.
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Interreg Europe is a capacity building programme. It primarily supports activities related to exchange of experience among policymakers.
If your project includes investments, research or implementation-related activities, these will not be relevant to Interreg Europe. Please check other EU programmes that may be more appropriate to finance these kinds of activities.
Projects financed under Interreg Europe need to explain the innovative character of their expected results. Even if this notion is relative, it should always be justified: what is common practice for certain European regions may be very innovative for others (see section 4.3.3 of the programme manual).
Only public bodies, bodies governed by public law or private non-profit bodies are eligible to receive ERDF within Interreg Europe. Private for-profit partners are not eligible. Please note that private non-profit bodies cannot take on the role of a lead partner.
In case you have doubts on the legal status of a partner, please get in touch with the point of contact of the respective partner state via the programme website.