INTERREG IVC is a European funding programme financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Organizations from all over the EU plus Norway and Switzerland can cooperate in transnational projects. For the coming funding period 2014-2020, INTERREGIVC will continue as INTERREG EUROPE programme. The project CLUE is an example for an INTERREG IVC project.
INTERREG IVC 2007-2013
The overall objective of the INTERREG IVC Programme is to improve the effectiveness of regional policies and instruments. A project builds on the exchange of experiences among partners who are ideally responsible for the development of their local and regional policies. The areas of support are innovation and the knowledge economy, environment and risk prevention. Thus, the programme aims to contribute to the economic modernisation and competitiveness of Europe. INTERREG IVc is linked to the objectives of Lisbon and Gothenburg agendas. The programme supports two types of projects : Regional Initiative Projects and Capitalisation Projects'.
In Regional Initiative Projects partners work together to exchange experiences in a policy field of their interest.
In Capitalisation Projects partners build on already identified good practices. Capitalisation projects are set up to transfer these good practices into mainstream programmes of EU Structural Funds. This is done by developing action plans and involving relevant policy makers. The European Commission offers additional expertise to some of these projects, named Fast Tract Projects.
INTERREG EUROPE 2014-2020
From 2014 on, interregional cooperation will continue under the name INTERREG EUROPE. The budget for the programme could be around EUR359 million from the ERDF fund. In the INTERREG EUROPE cooperation programme, partners from 30 countries - 28 member states of the European Union, Norway and Switzerland - will be able to exchange their experience and work on improving their Structural Funds and regional development policies.