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.

Over 30 years Interreg has contributed to building a more united Europe. The Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme is proud to be part of this community and wishes to celebrate this anniversary sharing our stories of cooperation.


What kind of Europe will Interreg help to create?

Interreg has been funding projects across borders for 30 years to the benefit of regions and cities who cooperated beyond national borders. The COVID-19 crisis simultaneously increased and reduced the chances to work together from afar, higlighting the importance of solidarity between neighbours.

Organisations participating in Interreg projects continued and increased their cooperation efforts demonstrating that closed borders are no obstacle to facing challenges together.

So what kind of Europe will Interreg help to create?

In the #InterregTalks campaign, Transnational cooperation programmes talk to European leaders to ask them why cooperation is essential.

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The Northern Periphery and Arctic programme has been working closely with its fellow Transnational programmes to show that cooperation between distant regions is much needed to face challenges that are common across our countries and not strictly related to an administrative border.

Interreg’s transnational programmes have improved the lives of EU citizens in many fields thanks to successful cooperation, from supporting entrepreneurs to managing natural disasters and greening Europe. Interreg has contributed to a more territorially, socially and economically cohesive EU. Now in 2020, as Interreg turns 30, we invite you to virtually walk through Europe to explore cooperation #MadeWithInterreg.

Click on the link below to go to the online storymap that leads you through the world of transnational and interregional cooperation in 14 stops all across and even beyond Europe

The history of Interreg and reasons to celebrate

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.


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EC DG Regio  - The European Commission DG Regional Policy space about Interreg 30 years celebration - Visit the portal of all Interreg and ENI programmes