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  • Programme Thematic Objectives

    • A smarter Europe – innovative and smart economic transformation

        RSO 1.1 Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies

        • The focus is on supporting the blue economy and other sectors, such as green/organic economy, industry 4.0, silver economy, social innovation, and cultural & creative industries. The priority is to apply innovation to increase competitiveness and resilience in economic sectors and place-based challenges of the Atlantic Area. The programme aims to have a significant impact on the territory, support economic and societal vitality, and strengthen innovation networks with business support organisations, quadruple helix partnerships, and value chains. The link with RSS strategies and the blue economy will be positively valued.

        RSO 1.2 Reaping the benefits of digitisation for citizens, companies, research organisations and public authorities

        • The objective is to merge digitization and upskilling actions to have a greater impact on the Atlantic Area. This includes promoting the digitization of blue economy services and exploring how digitization can benefit tourism. Upskilling workers and local communities in digital technologies is encouraged, along with promoting the dissemination of R&I results with joint actions. Tourism is key in the blue economy and one of the sectors most affected by the pandemic crisis, making adaptation or reconversion urgent.

    • A greener, low-carbon Europe

        RSO 2.1 Energy efficiency

        • Summarize:
          Encourage the analysis of possibilities for new green/blue energy projects, facilitate the coordination of regional & national actors and support SMEs to develop and test their pilots in real conditions. In proportion to its means, the Programme can contribute to the long-term achievement of a carbon-neutral Atlantic Area.

        RSO 2.4 Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention and resilience, taking into account eco-system based approaches

        • The programme aims to prevent disasters and preserve the environment by protecting and restoring natural functions. It also aims to restore environments that have been polluted or overused due to human activities while considering economic and social impacts. Additionally, the programme supports stakeholders in effective planning and financing for climate change adaptation, including mitigation and citizen involvement. The programme actively contributes to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 13 on climate action.

        RSO 2.6 Circular economy

        • The programme focuses on the blue economy, positioning ports as key factors in the plan. The program aims to promote a circular economy by reducing waste and creating circular loops, which could lead to the development of new industries and jobs while reducing emissions and efficiently using natural resources. The programme supports initiatives to reduce marine litter, including microplastics, and chemical pollution that harms the marine environment. Multi-stakeholder engagement is necessary to overcome linear systems of production and consumption. The program welcomes actions that reduce CO2 emissions and increase resilience.

        RSO 2.7 Biodiversity and green infrastructure

        • The programme aims to improve natural resource management and make natural habitats more sustainable and resilient. It also aims to balance the protection of preserved areas with economic activities that stimulate local economies.

    • A more social Europe implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights

        RSO 4.6 Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism

        • Objectives:
          • Promote sustainable tourism, taking into account climate change challenges
          • Support tourism professionals in adapting to sustainable tourism
          • Focus on flexibility of the tourism sector to deal with climate change challenges and reduce carbon footprint
          • Enhance cultural heritage for economic development in urban and rural areas
          • Improve capacities and skills of Atlantic Area communities related to tourism and culture
          • Encourage innovative and inclusive solutions for coastal areas
          • Combine art, culture, social inclusion, science, and technology for sustainable and inclusive development

    • A better cooperation governance

        RSO 6.1 Enhance the institutional capacity of public authorities

        • The objectives are to make project results more visible and appreciated, and to improve coordination and cooperation with other actors in the Atlantic Area, including the Atlantic Maritime Strategy and other programs. This will be achieved through capitalization of theme-based portfolios, horizontal projects, and multi-level governance and transnational approaches, especially for complex and cross-cutting issues like climate change.

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3rd March 2023

Last open call closed on 3rd March 2023

Atlantic Area 2021-2027 - First Call for Projects 2022
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A brand new programme, renewed commitment with the Atlantic regions

The Interreg Atlantic Area 2021-2027 was formally approved by the European Commission on the 8th of September 2022. The design and development of this new programme started in 2020 by a Task Force composed by representatives of four countries – Portugal, Spain, France and Ireland – the Managing Authority, the Joint Secretariat and the European Commission.

With a new Interreg Atlantic Area Programme, we renew the commitment with the Atlantic regions in the support of innovative initiatives that contribute to the growth of this area, solving common challenges across border through the implementation of joint actions, exchange of good practices and contribution to new or current policies.

Programme objectives

The programme supports cooperation in the four thematic priorities and eight specific objectives, based on the outcomes of the territorial analysis:

1. Blue innovation and competitiveness (Smarter Europe)

1.1 Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced  technologies

1.2 Reaping the benefits of digitalisation for citizens, companies, research organisation and public authoritities

2. Blue and green environment (Greener Europe)

2.1 Promoting energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions

2.2 Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention, resilience, taking into account eco-system-based approaches

2.3 Promoting the transition to a circular and resource efficient economy

2.4 Enhancing protection and preservation of nature, biodiversity and green infrastructure, including in urban areas, and reducing all forms of pollution

3. Blue sustainable tourism and culture (Social Europe)

3.1 Enhancing the role of culture and tourism in economic development, social inclusion and social innovation

4. A better governance for cooperation (Interreg objective)


The programme budget for 2021-2027 is of EUR 113 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The co-financing rate for projects approved is up to 75% of the total investment.

Who can benefit from funding?

The Atlantic Area community is made of business support organisations, social enterprises, third sector organisations, public authorities, education and training organisations, environmental protection agencies, local communities, civil society clusters, universities, upper education bodies and research/innovation institutions.

The Atlantic regions

As in the previous programme, the Atlantic Area 2021-2027 covers the western part of the Atlantic Ocean and includes all regions of Ireland and Portugal, as well as several French and Spanish regions close to or on the Atlantic Ocean coast. The total list of elegible regions is as follows:

España: País Vasco; Navarra; La Rioja; Cantabria; Principado de Asturias; Galicia; Andalucía; Islas Canarias.

France: Bretagne; Normandie; Nouvelle-Aquitaine; Pays-de-la-Loire.

Ireland: Northern and Western; Southern; Eastern and Midland.

Portugal: Norte; Algarve; Centro; Lisboa; Alentejo; Região Autónoma das Açores; Região Autónoma de Madeira.

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