ETC (ex INTERREG)
"More growth and jobs for all regions and cities of the European Union." This is the message which is at the heart of the programming period 2014-2020 for Cohesion Policy and its instruments. European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) has now been introduced as a fully-fledged objective of Cohesion Policy.
With a Community contribution of almost EUR 7.8 billion for the sole internal borders, European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) has reached a new scale and now comprehends 53 cross-border programmes, 13 transnational programmes, one interregional programme and three networking programmes.
Promotes cooperation among greater European regions, including the ones surrounding sea basins (e.g. Baltic Sea Region, North Sea, Mediterranean and Atlantic Area) or mountain ranges (e.g. Alpine Space) and facilitates coordinated strategic responses to joint challenges like flood management, transport and communication corridors, international business and research linkages, urban development and others. Special attention is given to outermost and island regions (e.g. Indian Ocean, Caribbean Area or Northern Periphery).
Provides a framework for the exchange of experiences between local and regional actors from across Europe in order to contribute to the EU’s strategies on growth, jobs and sustainable development. In addition, it aims at reducing disparities by matching less experienced regions with more advanced regions in the various policy fields such as innovation, demographic change, energy supply and climate change.
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