Programme Thematic Objectives
Stimulate industrial research and experimental development by expanding the research infrastructure in private and public research institutions as well as by making connections between knowledge institutions
Investment priority 1A
Innovation of products/ services/ applications/ processes in the form of industrial research and experimental development through the cooperation among enterprises as well as among enterprises, R&I centres and universities
Investment priority 1B
Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in public infrastructure and the housing sector by demonstrating the application of innovative measures and techniques
Investment priority 4C
Investment priority 4D
Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises through the application demonstration of innovative measures and techniques
Investment priority 4F
Innovation of low carbon products/ services/ application/ processes by industrial research and experimental development through the cooperation among enterprises as well as among enterprises, R&I centres and universities, and by early implementation of innovative low carbon technologies
Protection and restoration of biodiversity, soil protection and restoration as well as promotion of ecosystem services through joint approach towards environmental issues in the economic intensively used cross border region
Investment priority 6D
Investment priority 6F
Innovation of products/ services/ applications/ processes to improve environmental protection and the efficient use of resources by industrial research and experimental development through the cooperation among enterprises as well as among enterprises, R&I centres and universities
Investment priority 6G
Promoting resource efficiency in the (industrial) sector by encouraging the adaptation of business processes
Improving the match between supply and demand in the cross border labour market in order to better exploit the labour potential
Investment priority 8ETC
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The Interreg programme between the Netherlands and Flanders (Belgium) is carried out on the territory of (parts of) the five Flemish provinces and the three southern provinces of The Netherlands. In Flanders these are the provinces Antwerp, East-Flanders, Flemish-Brabant, Limburg and West-Flanders.
For the Netherlands this includes the provinces of Limburg, North-Brabant and Zeeland. These partners, together with the Flanders Innovation & Entrepeneurship Agency and the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs drew up the ‘Cooperation Program Interreg V A Flanders-The Netherlands’ for the 2014-2020 program period.
Within the Interreg-programme, crossborder projects are subsidized. This crossborder nature of projects is obviously essential: in each project, partners should be involved from both sides of the border. In general, these partners are localized in the program area, although this is not necessarily the case. If it adds a surplus value to the project and the program area, you can involve partners from outside the program area, especially from nearby economic centers such as, for example, the Rotterdam – Rijnmond (mainport) area.
Flanders, the Netherlands and the eight provinces have chosen four themes – or also called priority axes – accompanied by nine different specific goals to achieve in the coming years, with the Cooperation Program Interreg V Flanders – The Netherlands:
- Innovation: strengthening research, technological development and innovation
- Sustainable energy: support for energy efficiency and renewable energy
- Environment and resources: protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency
- Labor: promoting employment and supporting labor mobility
To strengthen the competitiveness of our economy, it is necessary to continue to invest in research and development. Innovation is therefore the main priority of our program. Companies, especially SME’s, as well as knowledge institutes play an important role. SME’s constitute more than 99.7% of the dutch and Flemish companies and provide jobs to more than 65% of the working population. However, the importance of large companies should not be underestimated.