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Cross-border Cooperation Operational Programme 2007-2013: Denmark, Sweden and Norway - Interreg IVA Öresund-Kattegatt-Skagerrak
1. Interreg IVA Cross-border Cooperation Programme “Öresund-Kattegatt-Skagerrak” – Programme under the Territorial Cooperation Objective, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
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On 27 March 2008, the European Commission approved a Cross-border Cooperation Programme for Sweden, Denmark and Norway for the period 2007-13. The programme will build on the work of the Öresund Operational Programme, which currently runs as a partnership between Denmark and Sweden. A number of new coastal regions have been added to the new programme – these run along the entire Danish east coast, the Swedish west coast and the south coast of Norway. The Programme is sub-divided into two sub-programmes: one covers Öresund, the other Kattegatt-Skagerrak.
The Programme falls within the framework laid out for the European Territorial Cooperation Programme and has a total budget of around €223 million. Community investment through the European Regional Development fund (ERDF) comes to about €112 million, which represents approximately 1.3% of the total EU investment earmarked for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13. In addition to the ERDF allocation and contributions from Denmark and Sweden, Norway provides its own funding to the Programme.
3. Purpose and aim of the programme
The programme’s vision is to create region which is attractive and competitive, and characterised by knowledge-based cooperation and sustainable development. These values are to be found in the goals set down for each sub-programme. Öresund aims to become Europe’s most attractive and competitive region, while Kattegatt-Skagerrak sets itself the goal of being an innovative and functional border region that offers a high quality of life.
The programme’s broad objectives are to:
4. Expected impact of the investment
Thanks to the success of two previous regional programming periods, the Öresund region has some significant urban areas and a lot of experience in forging Cross-border Cooperation. The new programme will build on previous activities and further strengthen Cross-border Cooperation.
Kattegatt-Skagerrak is a larger and more rural and maritime region. It includes the coastal regions form the three participating countries that are newly eligible for funding. Work will develop from a more basic starting point than in the Öresund region. A series of indicators, applicable to the programme’s priorities, will be used to evaluate the programme’s output and results.
The Operational Programme is structured according to the following priority axes:
Priority 1: Promote sustainable economic growth [approximately 44.7% of total funding, not including the Norwegian contribution]
The aim is to improve conditions for growth and sustainable competitiveness based on the region’s existing strengths. Programme-backed projects will focus on stimulating growth promoting activities in the areas of trade, research and education, as well as in the wider economy.
For example, projects could be developed to:
Priority 2: Tying the region together [approximately 32.9% of total funding, not including the Norwegian contribution]
This priority focuses on creating a physically and organisationally homogeneous region, while making it easier to cooperate and share resources.
This may entail developing projects that could:
Priority 3: Promote everyday integration [approximately 16.4% of total funding, not including the Norwegian contribution]
The aim here is to eliminate barriers and devise ways to encourage and improve contacts across borders for people, businesses and organisations. Common training programmes could be established and labour market borders eliminated. Other projects could look at ways in which the partner countries could mutually recognise diplomas and degrees.
Cooperation between tourist organisations, schools and cultural institutions etc, are likely to be encouraged as a way of further cementing ties across traditional borders.
Priority 4: Technical assistance [approximately 6.0% of total funding, not including the Norwegian contribution]
Technical assistance will be provided to support management, evaluation and monitoring activities.
6. Managing Authority: Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (NUTEK) – Malmö, Sweden
Programme website: www.interreg-oks.eu/se
Joint Technical Secretariat for sub-programme Öresund:
Joint Technical Secretariat for sub-programme Kattegatt-Skagerrak:
7. Title: “Interreg IVA Öresund-Kattegatt-Skagerrak”, a cross-border programme under the European territorial cooperation objective 2007-2013
Intervention type: Operational Programme
CCI No.: 2007CB163PO026
No. of decision: C/2008/1080
Final approval date: 27/03/2008
8. Breakdown of finances by priority (in euros)