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On the 4th October 2007 in Dublin Irish Minister Mr Ahern launched the new INTERREG IVB North West Europe cooperation Programme for 2007 2013. As a token of the launch, the European Commission representative handed over a 'cheque' to the Minister.

Dublin Irish Minister Mr Ahern has launched the new INTERREG IVB North West Europe cooperation Programme for 2007  2013

On October 4th, 2007 in Dublin, Mr Nol Ahern, the Irish Minister of State in charge of Finance, signed the Operational Programme on behalf of the seven NWE Member States and Switzerland. This document defines the agreements for Transnational Cooperation in North West Europe over the next seven years.
The Operational Programme was approved by the European Commission on the 26th September.

Ireland was in the spotlight on this occasion as host of the launch and as Chair of the Programme's Monitoring Committee for 2007. The Committee adopted the agreements on the implementation of the NWE Programme.
The Committee consists of representatives from the eight countries and is assisted by the Managing Authority and the Joint Technical Secretariat. The Managing Authority chosen by the Member States is the Region of Nord Pas de Calais (Northern France) which also manages two other INTERREG Programmes.

This occasion marked the official launch of the Programme, permitting the subsidy of forthcoming cooperation projects.

By promoting cooperation between regions (using their different assets to address the common challenges), the NWE Programme will be investing 355 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) into the economic, environmental, social and territorial future of North West Europe.

Applications for funds can be submitted to the INTERREG IVB NWE Programme's Joint Technical Secretariat in Lille as part of a call for proposals. Calls will be opened approximately every 6 months until all the funds are allocated.

In 2007 the North West Europe Programme revamped its transnational cooperation objectives in regions with a strong post-industrial identity which are still suffering from economic and environmental problems.

North West Europe also has tremendous assets which it wishes to nuture and use to the advantage of the inhabitants.

With the 350M Euros of ERDF available, the Programme aims to support the partnerships of North West Europe, inter alia, which are looking for transnational solutions to make the north-west of Europe an economically strong area that is also a pleasure to live in...

The INTERREG IVB NWE Programme has identified four priority areas of intervention in transnational cooperation for the 2007-2013 period: economic innovation, environmental challenges such as climate change, connectivity and cities.

If your ideas fit with our priorities, come talk to us !

Download the of the European Commission decision adopting the NWE operational programme.


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