Interreg cooperation celebrates 30 years of working together for a better Europe!
The Northern Periphery and Arctic programme is one of over 100 cooperation programmes established by the EU Commission across regions within Europe, as well as with neighbouring countries and overseas territories.
In 1990, European Territorial Cooperation, better known as Interreg, was created to “PROMOTE A HARMONIOUS ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNION AS A WHOLE”. Working towards this objective, the Interreg programmes were established with a budget dedicated to funding cooperation projects across regions which share similar challenges and opportunities.
The work of projects addressing the challenges and harvesting the opportunities jointly concretely contributes to improving the lives of EU citizens. After 30 years, it is time to celebrate what we have achieved together!
The celebrations throughout 2020 will provide the opportunity to demonstrate the achievements so far. In order to show how much territorial cooperation has already contributed to many of the challenges that Europe currently faces, the celebrations will focus on three highly relevant topics:
Neigbourhood Cohesion: EU cooperation programmes have been helping neighbours work together to develop strong communities along borders, internal and external. For 30 years, thousands of EU-funded projects have been bringing concrete benefits to EU border regions and beyond, building trust and respect among people from communities sharing a common space.
Green Connections: Borders do not always limit rivers, mountains, forests or lakes. Borders do not prevent flora and fauna from crossing them. Air, water, land pollution and the use of common resources do not recognise national boundaries. To preserve this treasure for generations to come, Interreg has fostered cooperation in environmental matters for 30 years. In addition, a green and climate neutral Europe cannot be achieved if we all work in isolation but only through cooperation. That is what Interreg stands for.
Youth Cooperation: For 30 years, Interreg and cooperation policy has found solutions for young people. How? Working together, building partnerships and sharing knowledge to improve educational level, qualifications, skills, international competences and job opportunities for all and to make “an economy that works for people”. Young generations are the future of cooperation, the future of Europe.