Brussels, 7 February 2008
Transnational Territorial Cooperation: Belgium – Germany – Ireland – France – Luxembourg – the Netherlands – United Kingdom – Switzerland
1. Transnational Cooperation Operational Programme "North West Europe (NWE) 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 Belgium, Germany, Ireland, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom with the participation of Switzerland for the period 2007-2013.
The Transnational Territorial Cooperation Programme “North West Europe” (NWE) involves Community support for 93 NUTS II areas in the participating countries, within the European Territorial Cooperation Objective framework. The Programme affects a population of about 180 million people (2003) living in the eligible area of 845 000 km².
The total budget of the Programme is around €696 million. Community investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to around €355 million.
3. Aim and purpose of the programme
The main goal of the Operational Programme is to capitalise on the cooperation between key actors and to address territorial issues across the North West Europe area. The Programme seeks to contribute to the economic competitiveness of the region, thereby equally promoting regionally balanced and sustainable development.
The Programme is a unique in that it offers a cross-sectoral approach to territorial development, which promotes close cooperation with universities, non-governmental organisations, public authorities, and the private sector to secure contribution towards economic and social cohesion and EU competitiveness. The Transnational Cooperation Programme offers the advantage of establishing links between actions at regional, national, cross-border and interregional levels. These efforts increasingly complement activities, policies and programmes in the participating countries.
To guarantee the visibility of cooperation, concrete Operational Programme achievements are indispensable. Currently, the new approach of transnational cooperation will focus on:
4. Expected impact of investments
Transnational territorial cooperation has a long history in North West Europe. The Community Initiative INTERREG IIC (1997-1999) and INTERREG IIIB North West Europe Programme (2000–2006) are the predecessors of the present Programme. These Programmes mainly focused on ‘soft actions’ such as studies, experience exchanges, best practice exchanges, joint territorial strategies and seminars.
The Transnational Territorial Cooperation Programme for North West Europe (2007-2013) will support actions and investments with a clear benefit for the transnational cooperation area. Studies and research that are unable to provide the basis for concrete actions will no longer receive funding. Likewise, previously approved Programme projects will no longer have the ability simply to extend their activities into the context of new Programmes. Rather, innovative and tangible initiatives will drive funding.
Key actors that were never involved in INTERREG partnerships will gain new attention and focus. By engaging actors that have never participated in similar programmes will serve to expand cooperation networks established under earlier Cooperation Programmes. The transnational cooperation projects can make an important contribution toward increasing the awareness for territorial issues of transnational concern. Funding will thus serve as a catalyst for future infrastructure investments of transnational relevance, which may have not otherwise received sufficient attention.
A series of indicators will monitor and quantify programme performance – at project and programme level – and the level of accomplishment of its objectives and priorities.
Specific objectives of the Transnational Cooperation Operational Programme "North West Europe 2007-2013" include:
Priority 1: Developing the NWE knowledge-based economy by capitalising on our capacity for innovation [approximately 25.7% of total funding]
Key objectives under this priority are:
Priority 2: Sustainable management of natural resources and of natural and technological risks [approximately 25.0% of total funding]
Key objectives under the priority are:
Priority 3: Improving connectivity in NWE by promoting intelligent and sustainable transport and ICT solutions [approximately 25.7% of total funding]
Specific objectives of this priority are:
Priority 4: Promoting strong and prosperous communities at transnational level [approximately 19.7% of total funding]
Specific objectives of this priority are:
Priority 5: Technical assistance [approximately 4.1% of total funding]
The Programme will employ technical assistance during implementation. Technical assistance will include administration, monitoring, evaluation and control.
6. Managing Authority: Direction Europe, Conseil Régional Nord-Pas de Calais – Lille, France
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Telephone: +33 328 82 70 51
7. Title: Transnational Cooperation Operational Programme "North West Europe 2007-2013"
Intervention type: Operational Programme
CCI No.: 2007CB163PO044
No. of decision: C/2007/584
Final approval date: 26/09/2007
8. Breakdown of finances by priority (in euros)