Interreg France – Wallonie – Vlaanderen

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Description

The European territorial cooperation programme Interreg France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen is part of a desire to promote economic and social exchanges between four border regions:

  • Hauts-de-France (Nord, Pas-de-Calais, Aisne, Oise, Somme Departments) and Grand Est (Ardennes, Marne Departments) Regions in France
  • Wallonia (Hainaut, Namur, Luxembourg Provinces) and Flanders (West and East-Flanders Provinces) in Belgium.

Interreg France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen is a crossborder cooperation programme. It stems from the desire to promote exchanges between the territories on both sides of the Franco-Belgian border, in the Regions Hauts-de-France and Grand Est, in Wallonia and in Flanders.

The Interreg programme’s main objective is to provide support to projects aimed at solving cross-border challenges. The programme seeks to share knowledge and practices while developing the potentials of each region, and this, for the benefit of the population of this area.

Overall, 170 million EUR coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has been committed by the programme to support projects under the four following areas of cooperation:

  • research, innovation and technology transfer,
  • competitiveness of SMEs,
  • heritage, natural resources, risk management
  • social cohesion, health, training and employment

The stakholders

To be eligible, projects must necessarily bring together stakeholders working on each side of the border, on the programme’s cooperation territory.
The structures likely to carry a project are public, semi-public and private stakeholders working in the programme’s areas of intervention.

The general objectives

The Interreg France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen programme is part of the Europe 2020 strategy aimed at fostering intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth. It aims to:
  1. focus cross-border initiatives on the sectors and territories with a strong potential for promoting economic development, job creation and territorial cohesion;
  2. amplify and make sustainable the cross-border synergies between regional economic and social development strategies in order to improve effectiveness;
  3. strengthen the common identity of the cross-border territories by supporting integrated approaches (multisector, multi-stakeholder, multi-project).

The fields of intervention

Four fields of cooperation have been identified in the cooperation programme for 2014-2020. The table below summarizes these themes classifying them by priorities and programme objectives.

 

Priority 1: improving and supporting cross-border cooperation in research and innovation 

Programme objective 1: Increase of research and innovation in the cross-border region in strategic sectors and sectors with strong complementarity.

Programme objective 2: Increase of transfer and dissemination of good and innovative practices in strategic sectors and in sectors with strong complementarity in the cross-border area.

 

Priority 2: improving the competitiveness of SME’s in the cross-border region

Programme objective 3: To create, promote and mutualise the joint development and support devices for SMEs to access new markets.

 

Priority 3 : Protect and value the environment with an integrated cross-border ressources management

Programme objective 4: To promote and develop creatively, innovatively and sustainably cross-border heritage through tourism.

Programme objective 5: To develop the integrated and sustainable management of natural resources and cross-border ecosystems.

Programme objective 6: To anticipate and manage natural, technological risks and emergencies.

 

Priority 4 : promoting cohesion and mutual identity of the cross-border territories

Programme objective 7: To strengthen and sustain the networking and the cross-border supply of services on health issues to the population.

Programme objective 8: To strengthen and sustain the networking and the cross-border supply of services to population on social matters

Programme objective 9: To promote employment and cross-border mobility of workers and their integration to labor markets.

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Contacts

  • Region Hauts-de-France

    • Antenne de Lille

    • +33 (0)3 59 73 57 21
    • Equipe technique Interreg

      Conseil Départemental du Nord
      51 rue Gustave Delory
      59047 Lille Cedex
  • Region Grand Est

    • Antenne de Charleville-Mézières

    • +33 (0)3 26 70 86 34
    • Equipe technique Interreg

      ZAC, 1 rue du Moulin Leblanc
      08000 Charleville-Mézières
  • Antenne Vlaanderen

  • +32 (0)50 40 34 19
  • Technisch team Interreg
    Provinciehuis Boeverbos
    Dienst Externe Relaties en Europese Programma's
    Koning Leopold III-laan 41, 8200 Sint-Andries
  • Wallonie Bruxelles International

  • +32 (0)2 421 82 11
  • Place Sainctelette, 2
    1080 Bruxelles

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