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Transnational Territorial Cooperation: Spain – France – Portugal – United Kingdom
Commission Européenne - MEMO/08/487 07/07/2008
Brussels, 7th July 2008
1. Transnational Cooperation Operational Programme "Southwest Europe 2007-2013" - Programme under the European Territorial Cooperation Objective, co-funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
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On 26 September 2007, the European Commission approved a European Territorial Cooperation Programme for transnational cooperation between Spain, France, Portugal and the United Kingdom for the period 2007-2013.
The Transnational Cooperation Programme involves Community support for 30 NUTS II areas in the participating countries, including the whole territory of Spain with the exception of the Canary Islands, the whole territory of Portugal, the southern regions of France and Gibraltar. The programme affects a population of about 62 million people (2003) living in the eligible area of 770 000 km².
The Operational Programme falls within the European Territorial Cooperation Objective framework and has a total budget of around €132 million. Community funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €99 million.
3. Aim and purpose of the programme
The adopted Programme is the second Transnational Cooperation Programme in the area, after the first programme in the INTERREG Community Initiative framework for the 2000-2006 period.
The main goal of the Programme is to develop the regions in Southwest Europe by cooperating in the fields of competitiveness, innovation, environmental protection, sustainable development and regional planning. The Operational Programme will thus contribute to a balanced integration of the participating regions as well as EU-wide economic and social cohesion. The final goal is to consolidate the existing cooperation structures and to achieve tangible results, as concrete achievements are indispensable to guarantee the visibility of transnational cooperation.
For the period 2007-13, the new transnational cooperation approach will focus on:
4. Expected impact of investments
After the previous INTERREG III B programme, the Programme aims to achieve cooperation area consolidation. Cooperation must become more intense between the partners of the participating countries, in particular when it comes to project partnerships. Therefore, the current Programme will focus on specific issues that benefit the entire area. Participating countries will identify key issues and avoid assistance resource mismanagement.
A series of indicators will monitor and quantify programme performance levels as well as the accomplishment levels of its objectives and priorities.
Specific objectives of the “Southwest Europe 2007” Operational Programme include:
Priority 1: Promotion of innovation and establishment of sustainable networks in the field of technological cooperation [approximately 33.0% of total funding]
Specific objectives under this priority are:
Priority 2: Improving sustainability in order to protect and conserve the environment and the natural heritage of the Southwest Europe area [approximately 23.6% of total funding]
Activities under this priority include:
Priority 3: Harmonious integration of the Southwest Europe area and improving the accessibility to information networks [approximately 23.6% of total funding]
This priority aims to develop solutions in the field of transport multi-modality and interconnecting networks according to transnational priorities. Other measures will promote conditions for balanced territorial development through access to communication infrastructures and data.
Priority 4: Promotion of sustainable urban development based on transnational cooperation [approximately 14.2% of total funding]
Specific objectives of this priority include:
Priority 5: Technical assistance [approximately 5.6% of total funding]
The Programme will use technical assistance to implement its aims. Technical assistance will include administration, monitoring, evaluation and control.
6. Managing Authority: Dirección General de Economía, Gobierno de Cantabria – Santander, Spain
Maximino Valle Garmendia
c/ Hernán Cortés 9,6a planta
Telephone: +34 942207907
Fax: +34 942207913
7. Title: Transnational Cooperation Operational Programme Southwest Europe 2007-2013"
Intervention type: Operational Programme
CCI No.: 2007CB163PO008
No. of decision: C/2007/4347 final
Final approval date: 26/9/2007
8. Breakdown of finances by priority (in euros)