INTERREG VA Programme: Overview

The new INTERREG Programme for 2014-2020 is one of 60 programmes across the European Union designed to promote greater levels of cross-border co-operation. Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland share a number of common features with other border areas across Europe where developmental problems are exacerbated by the existence of borders.

Borders can distort infrastructure and communication networks resulting in reduced economic development and different policy approaches which hinder joined-up service delivery. The new INTERREG Programme has been designed to address many of these issues in order to promote greater economic, social and territorial cohesion across the region. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contribution to the Programme is €240m.   

In accordance with the need to demonstrate a higher degree of concentration within the 2014-2020 programming period, it is proposed that the new INTERREG Programme will have four key areas of focus.

For a general overview of the Programme and more information on these areas of focus click here. For a more detailed look at the full content of the Programme click here to access a copy of the Cooperation Programme for INTERREG 2014-2020. 

To access a Citizen's Summary of the Cooperation Programme click here. This document will give a user-friendly overview of the content of the full Programme. An Irish version of this summary is also available here.

The content of the new Programme has been agreed by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Irish Government and the Scottish Government. It has been formally adopted by the European Commission.  


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