19/09/2013 - 21/09/2013
Where: Throughout Europe
Topic: Regions and local development
Organiser: European Commission
"European Territorial Cooperation programmes will have more focus, more strategy and more support from 2014-2020", said Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy, in the lead up to the second annual European Cooperation Day on 21st September.
This year’s campaign comes at a crucial time as the European Parliament and Member States near a final agreement on the package of regulations for the next round of Regional Policy funding, along with the Union’s seven-year budget. As the proposed legislation stands, European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) is set to get €8.9 billion for the next period.
Commissioner Hahn will be discussing the future of ETC and other models of cooperation, such as EU Macro-Regional Strategies during a live Twitter chat on 19 September.
European Territorial Cooperation is a core objective of EU Regional Policy. Regions and cities from different EU Member States are encouraged to work together and learn from each other through joint programmes, projects and networks. From 2007-13, there are three types of cooperation programme:
• cross-border co-operation programmes along internal EU borders. ERDF contribution: €5.6 billion.
• transnational co-operation programmes cover larger areas of co-operation such as the Baltic Sea, Alpine and Mediterranean regions. ERDF contribution: €1.8 billion.
• interregional co-operation programme (INTERREG IVC) and 3 networking programmes (Urbact II, INTERACT II and ESPON) cover all 28 Member States of the EU. They provide a framework for exchanging experience between regional and local bodies in different countries. ERDF contribution: €445 million.
Future ETC programmes are required to embody the same focus as all other Regional Policy programmes, ensuring that investment is channelled into areas of real growth potential. However, unlike other programmes which must focus a certain amount of funding on research, information technologies, SMEs and the low-carbon economy, cross-border and transnational cooperation programmes can choose to focus 80% of their allocations on any four investment areas out of the 11 priorities laid out in the draft regulations.
Celebrating Territorial Cooperation — 'Sharing borders, growing closer', numerous EU programmes will join forces to showcase the results and benefits of cooperation between regions across borders, with more than 100 events taking place in 30 countries in the following days and weeks.
Join Commissioner Hahn on Twitter to debate the issues from 14:00-15:00 on 19 September - #ECday and #EUChat