INTERREG Europe 2021-2027 Launches First Call

Interreg Europe is part of the interregional cooperation strand of European Territorial Cooperation. It is grounded in Cohesion Policy and financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The aim of Interreg Europe is to improve the implementation of regional development policies, including Investment for Jobs and Growth goal programmes, by promoting the exchange of experiences, innovative approaches and capacity building among regional policy actors across the programme territory.

This first call is for Interregional Cooperation Projects. These projects gather policy relevant organisations from different countries in Europe working together on a common regional development issue.

Up to 40% of the overall ERDF budget (approximately €130 million) of the Interreg Europe programme is made available for the first call for proposals.

The eligible project activities are co-financed by the ERDF at a rate of either 70% or 80% depending on the legal status of the EU partner. Partners from Norway and Switzerland are not eligible to receive ERDF but can receive co-financing from their respective national funds.

To be eligible in the first call, applications submitted must ensure that the following four areas are represented in the partnership with at least one project partner:

  • North – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden
  • East – Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia
  • South – Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain
  • West – Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland

This eligibility criteria does not apply to applications where more than one outermost region is involved.

The first call closes to applications on 31 May 2022 (12:00 CEST).