The trilogue negotiations between the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission’s proposal for post-2020 Interreg programmes were closed on December 2. It is part of a larger set of legislative proposals for EU cohesion policy.
The new allocated resources for each strand of cooperation were approved: cross-border, transnational, interregional and for the first time, a specific allocation for strengthening exchanges with the 9 outermost regions. Home to 4.8 million citizens, these regions are French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion Island and Saint-Martin (France), Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain).
Other key measures for the period 2021-2027 are an increased support for small projects, with up to 20% within an Interreg programme which may be allocated to small project funds, and more resources to be spent on climate action and social programmes, including public health.