The future Programme in the making
Since 2019, the future Interreg Euro MED programme 2021-2027 is being prepared by the European Commission and the programme Task Force, constituted by representatives of each member State and the managing authority. The new thematic and governance architecture are still on the table under negotiations. The aim is to submit the programme for approval in March 2021.
With the New EU Green deal, backed up by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the focus on climate change, climate resilience, climate neutrality has become paramount. It is the top priority. The EU institutions are calling all their armies to this combat, and Interreg as a major innovation policy-lab, will be at the forefront of this effort. This is why the future programme has a more mission-oriented approach, which is “Contributing to the transition towards a climate-neutral society: fighting against climate change impact on Mediterranean resources, while ensuring a sustainable growth and the well-being of its citizens”.
Hence, the new Interreg Euro MED Programme 2021-27 currently under negotiations is expected to be marked by a renewed sense of how to push forward cooperation in the Mediterranean region while providing thematic continuity with the previous periods.
The programme architecture under discussion has two cooperating flanks: the thematic side and the Governance one, both making happen three missions: a “smarter Med”, a “greener Med” and “green living areas”.
On the first one, the thematic projects will implement on the ground a single type of operations, such as a pilot, a study or the transferring of previous results (known in this programming period as “modular projects”) and the strategic projects, implementing in a specific region or sector the full range of operations (currently called the “integrated projects”).
On the Governance side, the Thematic Community Projects (known presently as “horizontal projects”) will coordinate the missions, and finally the Governance projects (continuing the current designation) will connect to the policy-making level the results of the thematic missions.
This new architecture addresses a a need for simplification of all thematic work and a greater focus on governance and policy-making to truly change the lives of the populations towards a greener, resilient and smarter Mediterranean.