INTERREG IV - Transnational programmes

Programme details


INTERREG IV - Transnational programmes
Programme type: Funding programme
Origin: European
Duration: 2007 - 2013
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Background & policy context: 

European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), better known as Interreg,  is one of the two goals of cohesion policy and provides a framework for the implementation of joint actions and policy exchanges between national, regional and local actors from different Member States. The overarching objective of European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) is to promote a harmonious economic, social and territorial development of the Union as a whole.

Strategic Objectives: 

The programme is delivered through two priorities.

Priority 1: Co-operation for a more prosperous cross-border region:
It will do this by helping to diversify and develop the economy

  • By encouraging innovation and competitiveness in enterprise and business development and
  • By promoting tourism;

Priority 2: Co-operation for a sustainable cross-border region:
It will do this by supporting activities that

  • Promote cross-border co-operation in policy development and
  • Improve access to services to promote the quality of life for those living in the eligible area.

INTERREG co-operation includes:

Cross Border (INTERREG IVA) programmes aim to bring adjacent cross-border regions closer together through the development of joint projects. Under these programmes, projects can be financed in a wide variety of themes e.g. culture, tourism, economic development and transport.

Transnational programmes (INTERREG IVB) aim to promote a higher degree of territorial integration, with a view to achieving sustainable, harmonious and balanced development across the EU and better territorial integration with candidate and other neighbouring countries. Key areas of focus include: Innovation, Environment, Accessibility and Sustainable Urban Environment. There are 13 programme zones, three of which are relevant to Northern Ireland.

Interregional Co-operation (INTERREG IVC) focuses on the identification, analysis and dissemination of good practices by public authorities in order to improve the effectiveness of regional and local policies. Co-operation projects are eligible across all 27 EU states, plus Norway and Switzerland.

Programme organisation: 

Interreg IVb is divided into thirteen different Operational Programmes (OPs). Each OP is led by a Secretariat and covers a specific part of the EU territory. All Member States can participate in Interreg IVB, but only if an organisation or authority is located in the eligible area of one of the programmes (Annex 1). IVB has a total budget of 1,82 billion euro for the programme period 2007–2013.

List of the Interreg IVb programmes:

  • Alpine Space
  • Atlantic Area
  • Baltic Sea Region
  • Caribbean
  • Central Europe
  • Madeira - Açores - Canarias
  • North Sea Region
  • North West Region
  • Northern Periphery
  • Programme MED
  • South East Europe
  • South West Europe
Type of funding: 
Public (EU)
Projects covered: 


Project Profiles:
  1. A distributed and open FREIGHT transport ICT solution 4 ALL stakeholders in the Mediterranean area
  2. Accessibility for Shipping, Efficiency, Advantages and Sustainability
  3. Accessibility improved at border CROSsings for the integration of South East Europe 
  4. Adriatic - Danube - Black Sea multimodal platform
  5. AlpCheck 2 - "Alpine Mobility Check - Step 2"
  6. Amber Coast Logistics
  7. Attractive Urban Public Transport for Accessible Cities
  8. Baltic Biogas Bus: Increase the use of biogas buses in public transport to reduce the emissions in urban areas in the Baltic Sea Region
  9. Baltic Sea cooperation for reducing ship and port emissions through knowledge and innovation-based competitiveness
  10. Baltic-Adriatic Transport Cooperation
  11. Better Accessible Transport to Encourage Robust Intermodal Enterprise
  12. Boosting Advanced Public Transport Systems
  13. Bothnian Green Logistic Corridor
  14. Bridging Mobility Gaps: Improving Connectivity and Mobility Access
  15. Building sustainable and efficient tramway depots for the cities of the 21st century.
  16. Carbon responsible transport strategies for the North Sea Area - CARE-North plus
  17. Carbon Responsible Transport Strategies for the North Sea Region
  19. Cities & Regions of Bicycles
  20. CO2-Neutral Transport for the Alpine Space (CO2-NeuTrAlp)
  21. Connecting Authorities for Safer Heavy Goods Traffic in the Baltic Sea Region
  23. Connections between harbours and hinterland
  24. Container terminals as a key element in the Mediterranean short sea shipping
  25. Corridor 24 Development Rotterdam-Genoa
  26. CRUISE GATEWAY - towards sustainable growth of cruise shipping in the NSR
  27. Cycling cities - Local Opportunities for Sustainable Mobility and Tourism Development
  29. Dryport - a modal shift in practice
  30. East West Transport Corriodor II - a green corridor concept within the Northern Transport Axis approach
  31. Easy eServices to Shape and Empower SME Networks in Central Europe
  32. Efficient Carbon-reduction and Optimisation of Logistic Operations Generated via Innovative Services. Training and ICT using Cooperative Standards
  33. Enhancing Multimodal Platforms, Inland waterways and Railways services Integration in Central Europe
  34. European Digital Traffic Infrastructure Network for Intelligent Transport Systems
  35. Food Port - Connecting Food Port Regions - Between and Beyond
  36. For Sustainable, Multimodal & Green Transport Corridors
  37. Freight and Logistics Advancement in Central Europe - Validation of processes, Improvements, Application of co-operation
  38. Freight and passengers sUpporting infomobiliTy systems for a sUstainable impRovEment of the competitiveness of port-hinterland systems of the MED area
  39. Green Corridor in the North Sea Region
  40. Green Intermodal Freight Transport
  41. Green Sustainable Airports
  42. Green Urban Transport Systems
  43. Harmonized Inland Navigation Transport through education and information technology 
  44. How could the logistics and the safety of the transports of chemicals be improved in the Mediterranean area
  45. Hydrogen Transport Economy for the North-Sea Region
  46. Implementation of MONITRAF (Monitoring of road traffic related effects in the Alpine Space and common measures)
  47. Improved accessibility of the Baltic Sea Region by air transport
  48. imProved Accessibility: Reliability and security of Alpine transport infrastructure related to mountainous hazards in a changing climate
  49. Improvement of CE regions' accessibility through air transport interconnectivity
  50. Improvement of the air cargo transport sector by service oriented ICT-methods and processing logistic network
  52. Improving the Platform Network in the Mediterranean area
  53. Improving Transport and Accessibility through new Communication Technologies
  54. Innovative Inland Navigation
  55. innovative TRANsport Solutions for Fjords Estuaries and Rivers
  56. Integrated and Interoperable Maritime Transit Management System
  57. Intelligent Transport Systems in South East Europe 
  58. Intelligent Transportation for Dynamic Environment
  59. Intermodal Freight Services Development Committees
  60. Intermodal rail freight Twin hub Network Northwest Europe
  61. Introducing Dynamic Ridesharing in the general NWE transport system towards a more efficient, sustainable and effective passenger transport network
  62. Investing and testing more biogas buses in the Baltic Sea Region, based on studies within the previous Baltic Biogas Bus project
  63. Last Mile Logistics
  64. Light Mobility and Information Technologies FOR Weak Demand Areas
  65. LO-PINOD - Logistics Optimisation for Ports Intermodality: Network, Opportunities, Development
  66. Maritime Transport Cluster
  67. MEDiterranean Information Traffic Application
  68. Mediterranean Intermodal Transit
  69. Mediterranean Network for Custom Procedures and Simplification of Clearance in Ports
  70. Mediterranean Ports' Contribution to Climate Change Mitigation
  71. MLG support to the implementation of PA 11 in the EU Baltic Sea Strategy
  72. Mobility and Residential Costs
  73. More sustainable transport in Central European Cities through Improved integrated bicycle promotion and international networking.
  74. Motorways of the Seas Strategic Demonstration Project
  75. Network Durable Transport Infrastructures in the Atlantic Area
  76. Network of Danube Waterway Administrations
  77. New Integrated Smart Mobility Options
  78. North East Cargo Link II - NECL II
  79. North Sea Freight and Intelligent Transport Solutions
  80. Optimizing and profiting best practices in the MED Area on foreign trade, intermodal, transport and maritime safety
  81. Planning sustainable regional-Urban Mobility in the Alpine Space
  82. PORTs as a gateway for Access inner regions
  83. Promote Clean Public Transport
  84. Promote Ports, SSS & SME Cooperation
  86. Rail Baltica Growth Corridor
  87. Railway Hub Cities and TEN-T network
  88. Regions of Connected Knowledge
  89. Removing barriers to regional rail transport
  90. Renewable Public Transport Enterprise
  91. ROADEX Network Implementing Accessibility 4.1
  92. Rural Transport Solutions 4.5
  93. Save Our Lives. A Comprehensive Road Safety Strategy for Central Europe
  94. Scandinavian-Adriatic Corridor for Growth and Innovation
  95. Seamless Travel across the Atlantic area Regions using sustainable Transport
  96. SITE
  97. SMart green Innovative urban Logistics for Energy efficient mediterranean cities
  98. South East European Mobility Management Scheme
  99. South East European Transport Axis Cooperation
  101. SOuth-NORth Axis
  102. Strenghtening the development of sustainable connectivity in NWE for freight and logistics with the support of ICT innovative solutions
  103. Supporting Sustainable Stations
  104. Sustainable Freight Transport - Now and Tomorrow
  105. Sustainable Integrated Tram-Based Transport Options for Peripheral European Regions
  106. Sustainable Mobility Information Network for the Alpine Space
  107. Sustainable Transport and Tourism along the Danube 
  108. Sustainable Transport in Rural Tourism Areas
  109. TEN-T and the North Sea Region
  110. Towards an integrated transport system in the Baltic Sea Region
  111. Tracking and Tracing solutions for improvement of intermodal transport of dangerous goods in CEE
  112. TranSAFE-Alp: connecting Transport regional networks to Security and emergency Advanced Strategy Frameworks of European and Alpine regions decisional platforms
  113. Transalpine Transport Architects
  114. TransBaltic Extension
  115. Transnational LOGistics' Improvement through Cloud computing and innovAtive cooperative business modeLs
  116. Transnational Network for the Promotion of the Water-Ground Multimodal Transport
  117. Upgrading of Inland Waterway and Sea Ports
  118. Via Regia plus - Sustainable Mobility and Regional Cooperation along the Pan-European Transport Corridor III
Contact Name: 
European Commission
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