The North West Europe Programme belongs to strand B of the
European Community Initiative INTERREG III* which supports transnational
co-operation in the field of spatial development between national,
regional and local authorities and a wide range of non-governmental
The objective is
to achieve a more cohesive, balanced and sustainable territorial development in
the Community and better territorial integration. The INTERREG IIIB NWE
Programme follows up from the INTERREG IIC NWMA (North-Western Metropolitan
Area) Programme implemented over 1998-2001.
A substantially increased
Between 2000-2006 the Programme will allocate
€330 million of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) to
forward-looking projects in the field of territorial development that contribute
to the above mentioned objective. Two Calls for Proposals will be launched every
year during this period. Each call is advertised on this website.
Amongst the 13 INTERREG III B Programmes, North West Europe was
allocated the largest budget since its cooperation area covers nearly half the
EU population. Seven Member States are participating (Belgium, France,
Ireland, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK) together with
Switzerland ( click here to view the map of the co-operation area).
Five key priorities
prepared by representatives of the Member States, the main Programme reference
document (CIP - Community Initiative Programme), was approved by the European
Commission on March 22nd 2002. It includes an analysis of the economic, social,
spatial but also environmental potential of the NWE. On the basis of such an
analysis, five fields of
priority for transnational project activities were identified. Project
ideas must fall within the scope of these priorities and measures, and generally
attract partners from at least two member states within the cooperation area,
since the ultimate aim of INTERREG IIIB is to promote joint solutions to
transnational and common issues through transnational co-operation.
Project ideas must fall within the scope of these
priorities and measures, and generally attract partners from at least two
different countries of the NWE area, with each partner contributing to project
funding or being active in the implementation of the action plan.
For more information on how the Programme is managed go to section Programme Management
Click here to download an overview of the
NWE INTERREG III B Programme.
For further details on the INTERREG Community Initiative (Strands A, B and C)
visit the INFOREGIO Website of the European Commission and INTERACT's website
which aims to provide information on all aspects of INTERREG and the current
debate on European Territorial Cooperation. (The main
activities of the INTERACT Programme are setting up information and
communication networks, defining information frameworks and flows, proactively
disseminating information and stimulating exchange of experiences between