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Interreg Aurora

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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

        • Strengthening the development around R&D

        • Examples of possible activities:
          • Cooperation between research institutes, higher education
          institutes, businesses and/or public sector to create cross-border
          knowledge networks enhancing the green and digital transitions
          • Usage of shared regional research infrastructures through crossborder cooperation to enhance the uptake of advanced
          technologies and the development of innovative products,
          services, and methods as well as new business models and
          • Cooperation between research institutes, higher education
          institutes, businesses and/or public sector to strengthen the
          exploitation of applied research in SMEs and/or public sector
          • Development of arenas, programmes, tools, and methods for
          supporting technology transfer, soft knowledge and cooperation
          between enterprises, research centres and higher education
          • Stimulation to create a critical mass in the region that can reach
          out to EU programmes such as Horizon Europe

        RSO 1.3 Enhancing sustainable growth and competitiveness of SMEs and job creation in SMEs, including by productive investments

        • • Strengthening of enterprises knowledge and capacity for the integration of diversity, gender equality, circular economy, and sustainable solutions in their business models.
          • Promotion of entrepreneurship in the region's businesses under-represented groups.
          • Strengthening company clusters including micro-enterprises by cross-sectoral networking and
          integrating value chains
          • Increasing the level of digitalisation in manufacturing SMEs
          • Support of diversification of the business structure in Sápmi

        • Examples of possible activities:
          • B2B cooperation strengthening the uptake and use of technologies and advanced systems related to e.g., robotics, IoT, open data, cyber security, 3D-printing, data-analytics
          • Knowledge building activities and advice increasing the preparedness of SMEs to internationalize and grow
          • Activities linking companies based on complementarity competencies to enhance the innovation capacity and/or the formation of cross-border value chains
          • Cross-border cooperation between clusters adding complementary competencies
          • Cross-border cooperation between start-up hubs and business accelerators and virtual incubators adding complementary competencies

    • A greener, low-carbon Europe

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

        • • Exchange of experience and find out and work together with common challenges and solutions, expertise and information on climate change, impacts, adaptation, and resilience.
          • Support for methods for, and testing of use of new technologies and digital tools such as drones, virtual and augmented reality sensors, artificial intelligence, big data, and Internet of Things especially for the monitoring and surveillance of the effects of climate change.
          . Develop networking, knowledge exchange and cross-border cooperation to ensure a well functioning region and increase accessibility of hinterland

        • Examples of possible activities:
          • Awareness raising and communication about climate change in
          the programme region, since the northernmost parts of Europe
          will be more severely affected by climate change. The crossborder added value of these activities comes from the fact that
          the climate and environment are joint responsibilities and joint
          resources. In addition to this the Aurora region is so sparsely
          populated that coordination and cooperation of resources are
          necessary to achieve results.
          • Designing, adapting methods and methodologies
          • Experience exchange and learning as result of joint
          • Exchange of best practises
          • Development of climate adaptation strategies and plans, risk,
          and vulnerability analyses
          • Increased cooperation between research and locally based
          • Implementation of technologies, digital solutions, tools to cope
          with climate change and reduce climate impact and carbon
          • Involvement and engagement of local and regional stakeholders
          in policy work, decision-making processes (on national and
          regional level)
          • Nature based solutions such as restoration of e.g., wetlands,
          peatlands, mires, rivers

        RSO 2.7 Biodiversity and green infrastructure

        • • Reduction of air, river and water courses pollution
          • Protection against changes in the vegetation and invasives species

        • Examples of possible activities:
          • Data collection, surveys, inventory
          • Analysis, scenarios, plans
          • Designing and adapting methods
          • Joint plans and strategies
          • Knowledge and best practice building and exchange, joint implementation
          • Harmonisation of working methods, guidelines
          • Development of joint sustainable management strategies
          • Restoration, conservation, and increased connectivity
          • Methods for including stakeholders with traditional knowledge in nature management and decision-making

        RSO 2.8 Urban mobility

        • Reduce the Aurora region’s carbon footprint through smart multimodal mobility, alternative fuels and electrification solutions.

        • Examples of possible activities:
          • Cross-border analysis, simulations, and surveys on CO2 reduction measures and modal shifts
          • Green and multimodal cross-border mobility roadmap development
          • Plans, drawings, and designs for green and smart mobility solutions
          • Coordination of smart mobility plans and transport services for cross border functional regions.
          • Planning and implementation of digital solutions and processes for decreased CO2 emissions.
          • Small scale pilot actions enabling lower CO2 emissions transport systems, electrification solutions, renewable fuel solutions, more efficient vehicles etc.
          • Experience exchange activities as joint seminars, study visits, surveys, and trainings

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

        RSO 4.2 Improving equal access education, training and lifelong

        • • Increase the level of education of the workforce, develop the entrepreneurial mind-set
          • Increase capabilities, competence, and skills for a changing working life, as well as upskilling up unemployed individuals with competence
          • Diversify competences and business structures to provide jobs, especially for the young Sami population in the Sami area
          • Transfer knowledge within Sami businesses and livelihood that is linked to the traditional Sami livelihood

        • Examples of possible activities:
          • Diversifying, updating, or harmonising the different types of
          training provision and qualifications
          • Benchmarking and improving services and methods of career
          • Joint efforts in the event of rapid changes in the labour market
          • Encourage companies, workers, and educational institutions to
          participate in lifelong learning
          • Common efforts to attract a diversity of labour to choose the
          region as a place to work, study and live in
          • Developing new or transforming previous training to virtual
          • Develop cross-border education and training supporting
          entrepreneurship and business skills
          • Language nests / baths

        RSO 4.6 Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism

        • • Promotion of the Sami cultural heritage
          • Prevent loss of traditional knowledge
          • Enhance and broaden cooperation across borders regarding cultural heritage
          • Develop cross-border sustainable tourism concepts while at the same time respecting and promoting cultural heritage and involving and engaging local stakeholders and citizens

        • Examples of possible activities:
          - cross-border collaboration, partnerships, knowledge exchange and
          joint solution and competence-enhancing initiatives
          - joint cross-border products, services, and marketing
          - joint cross-border accessibility and mobility solutions
          - cross-border activities to reinforce the resilience and diversification
          of tourism and culture sectors
          - SMEs cross-border activities, which will strengthen social
          enterprises and social innovation
          - Diversification of the tourism sub-sectors
          - Cross-border activities, which are contributing to the livelihoods of
          local and regional communities
          - RDI cross-border collaboration in tourism and culture sector
          - Cultural clusters that contribute to the development of creative
          • Strengthen the development of cultural tourism by making
          available and / or visible the culture and cultural heritages
          • Develop culture and creative industries through refined or
          new cross-border products, methods, services, and networks
          • Development of nature-based tourism by enhancing common
          and cross-border solutions

    • A better cooperation governance

        RSO 6.6 Other actions to support better cooperation governance

        • Enhancing institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders to implement territorial cooperation projects and initiatives in a cross-border, transnational, maritime and interregional context

          •To build both a common understanding and shared strategies for the further sustainable development in the region.
          • Increasing trust and capacity building in the region are also crucial essentials for good collaboration, as well as the alleviation of cross- border obstacles.
          • Strengthening Sami institutions and to build their capacity, and a need for activities to strengthen Sami governing institutions and tackle obstacles that hinder cross-border cooperation in Sápmi.

        • Examples of possible activities:
          • Cross-border strategies that strengthen regional capacity
          • Feasibility studies for large cross-border regional investments
          • Joint connectivity studies and strategies
          • Action plans
          • Cross-border governance projects for better regional
          functionality and enhancing capacity
          • Initiatives on identifying and eliminating legal and
          administrative obstacles and implementing recommendations of
          these initiatives
          • Clustering participation and find synergies within the Arctic
          Cooperation, by cooperation with ongoing projects in other
          Arctic Cooperation programmes.
          • Data and statistics related to the regions and Sami groups
          • Long term statistical solutions
          • People to people projects in trust building
          • Institutional capacity building

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Interreg Aurora is a brand new programme in the European Interreg community for cross-border cooperation 2021-2027.

The programme offers great opportunities and enables new and exciting cross-border cooperation in the northernmost part of Europe and Sápmi. The Interreg Aurora has a unique feature, the Programme is integrated with Sápmi and the indigenous Sami people.

Great ideas know no borders
The overall goal of the Interreg Aurora Programme 2021-2027 is to encourage cross-border collaboration and thereby strengthening the competitiveness, sustainability and attractiveness of the Programme area through social inclusion, digitalisation and green transition.

Sustainable development is an overarching goal in Interreg Aurora. The three dimensions of sustainable development – social, ecological and economic sustainability – will therefore be taken into account as horizontal principles.

Programme area
The Interreg Aurora Programme area is divided into two geographical sub-areas – Aurora and Sápmi.

Interreg Aurora Programme area

The total funding for the Interreg Aurora Programme is approximately 165 million Euro, including EU-funding, Norwegian IR-funding and national co-funding. 

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