Interreg turns 30!

2020 celebrated 30 years of Interreg!

Interreg is a pillar of EU Cohesion policy and represent a flagship scheme for cooperation at regional and national level, to the benefit of all European citizens.

Launched in 1990, it has proven that borders are not barriers and has brought Europeans closer together by helping to tackle common challenges and creating new opportunities for cooperation beyond borders.

Interreg was created in a spirit of knowledge-sharing and collaborative thinking both within the EU and beyond to help create a peaceful and prosperous union.

As part of the 30 years celebration, below you will find examples of the impact of the various branches of Interreg to the well-being of citizens in Europe and beyond!


Stories of cooperation

Interreg 2 Seas, Interreg North-West Europe and Interreg Europe, representing all strands of Interreg programmes (cross-border, transnational, interregional), gladly introduce the video produced for Interreg’s 30th anniversary. For this special occasion, the programmes invite people, organisations and regions to see some of our sucess stories of cooperation. On this video and below we showcase one project per programme, demonstrating the spirit of cooperation.

The Interreg 2 Seas PECS project brought together local authorities, research institutes and small and medium sized ports and marinas from UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.  The ERDF support allowed for successful joint research and pilot installations of new technologies lowering the carbon footprint of ports and marinas in Portsmouth (UK), Ostend (BE), Hellevoetsluis (NL), Ijmuiden (NL) and Dunkirk (FR).

"Collaboration between partners is essential to collect information, share knowledge and provide guidance to one another on the UVC strategy."

The Interreg North-West Europe UV-ROBOT project which is developing an autonomous technology to control mildew in a more sustainable way, gathers 9 partners across 3 countries (BE, FR, UK). "Collaboration between partners is essential to collect information, share knowledge and provide guidance to one another on the UVC strategy. Some partners’ expertise on applied horticultural research complements others’ expertise on the development of robotics and sensors. Interreg NWE is the backbone for the different activities in our project." (Stef Laurijssen from Proefcentrum Hoogstraten,BE, Lead Partner.)

The City of Lille is involved in the Interreg Europe project MOLOC. The project has brought to the City new ideas on how to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through better urban planning. Inspired by an accessible and interactive mapping and modelling tool for urban planning from Italy, Lille is now planning to develop a similar tool, a Geographical Information System, to better understand the effects of climate change on its urban environment and take better actions to turn Lille into a low-carbon city.

The organisers of this initiative - Interreg 2 Seas, Interreg North-West Europe and Interreg Europe - are all managed by the French region Hauts-de-France and are based in Lille.

#MADEWITHINTERREG - Walk through the world of transnational cooperation!

Interreg North-West Europe, together with its transnational counterparts and Interreg Europe, has brought Europeans closer together, helping countries to tackle common challenges, encouraging strategic work towards common goals and creating new opportunities for cooperation beyond borders, one project at the time.

This online storymap walks you through the different Interreg transnational programmes, some of their key achievements, particularities as well as reasons for being proud.

Enjoy this online walk through the world of transnational cooperation!


#InterregTalks - 30 years together

In the series of #InterregTalks, we show you the perspective of EU leaders on Interreg cooperation. See below on the different video statements the importance of cooperating between EU communities, regions and cities:

Herbert Dorfmann

Member of the European Parliament - Italy

Satu Haapanen

Committee of the Regions - Oulu

Michael Schneider

Committee of the Regions - Saxony-Anhalt

Johannes Hahn

Commissioner for Budget and Administration

Agnes Rampal

Regional Councilor Provence Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Younous Omarjee

Chair of Committee for Regional Development 

Niklas Nienass

Member of European Parliament - Germany

Erik Bergkvist

Member of European Parliament - Sweden

Zdeněk Hřib

Mayor of Prague - Czech Republic

Mirja Vehkaperae

Committee of the Regions - Oulu

José Maria da Cunha Costa

Mayor of Viana Castelo

Isabelle Boudineau

President COTER Committee - Nouvelle Aquitaine

Concha Andreu

Committee of the Regions - La Rioja

Pedro Marques

Member of European Parliament - Portugal

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