Transnational Territorial Cooperation: Madeira-Açores-Canarias (Spain –Portugal)
European Commission - MEMO/08/80 08/02/2008
Brussels, 8 February 2008
1. "Transnational Cooperation Programme Madeira-Açores-Canarias (MAC) 2007-2013" Programme under the European territorial cooperation objective co-funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
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2. The European Commission approved on 18 September 2007 a European territorial cooperation programme for transnational cooperation between the archipelagos of Madeira and Açores (Portugal) and the Canary Island (Spain) for the period 2007-2013, the "Transnational Cooperation Programme Madeira-Açores-Canarias (MAC) 2007-2013".
This programme involves Community support for the 3 NUTS II Atlantic island areas in the participating countries, within the framework of the European territorial cooperation objective. The total budget of the programme is around EUR 65 million and the Community investment through the ERDF amounts to around EUR 55 million.
The programme affects a population of about 2.4 million people (2005) living in an eligible area of 10.597 Km².
3. The purpose and aim of the programme
The adopted transnational cooperation programme is the second one affecting this area; the first one was in the framework of the INTERREG Community Initiative for the period 2000-2006.
It is important to signal the specificity of this programme, focused on the cooperation of three outermost island regions in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, with one of them, the Canary Islands, geographically closer to Africa than to Europe. This situation provides the programme with a strong orientation not only for cooperation among the partner regions, but also with third countries of their geographic surroundings and with other Community outermost regions.
In this context, the long term objective of the programme is not only to increase the level of cooperation between Madeira, Açores and Canarias and their integrated development, but also to enlarge the natural area of socio-economic and cultural influence of the three archipelagos and to increase the possibilities for exchanges with their geographic entourage. This later activity will be carried out in a coordinated manner with other Community external cooperation instruments, namely the European Development Fund (EDF).
The specific objectives of the programme, to be developed to attain its final objective are:
4. The expected impact of the programme
The INTERREG III B programme in this area in the period 2000-2006 meant the first experience of cooperation between three regions with common problems who had never before worked together. The programme facilitated for the three regions the development of joint projects in a wide range of matters, with the participation of all types of partners and institutions, which mean a new and innovative experience of exchanges of knowledge and experience in this cooperation space. To this it should be added the participation of third countries in 27 % of the projects financed by the programme.
The good results achieved by the previous programme regarding the establishment of effective cooperation between the partners of the participating regions and third countries shall continue with a further intensification of the cooperation and the concentration on a few, selected, thematic priorities.
A series of indicators, at programme and priority level will permit to monitor and quantify the programme performance and the level of accomplishment of its objectives.
The "Transnational Cooperation Programme Madeira-Açores-Canarias (MAC) 2007-2013" is structured into the following priorities:
Priority 1: Promotion of research, technological development, innovation and the information society
Specific objectives of this priority are:
Priority 2: Strengthening of environmental management and risk prevention
Specific objectives are:
Priority 3: Cooperation with third countries and application of the wider neighbourhood principle
Specific objectives of the priority are:
These objectives will materialise in joint projects with third countries, some of them financed exclusively through ERDF, and others with partners of ACP countries; this will imply the coordination between ERDF and EDF funding in the framework of the wider neighbourhood policy.
Priority 4: Technical assistance
There is also provision for technical assistance in order to implement the programme. Financial support is available covering administration, monitoring, evaluation and control.
6. Managing Authority: Dirección General de Planificación y Presupuesto del Gobierno de Canarias (Spain)
Joint Technical Secretariat
Irene Ruiz Rolle
Calle Nicolás Estévanez nº 30, 2ª planta
35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Telephone: + 34 928 307456
Fax: +34 928 307467
Programme web page: http://www.interreg-mac.org/es/index.jsp
7. Title: "Transnational Cooperation Programme Madeira-Açores-Canarias (MAC) 2007-2013"
Intervention type: Operational Programme
CCI No.: 2007CB163PO007
No. of decision: C/2007/4243
Final approval date: 18/09/2007
8. Breakdown of finances by priority (in euros)