10 things to know about Interreg

3. Transnational cooperation funding is decisive in making macro-regional strategies work

Many initiatives that underpin and implement the EU macro-regional strategies are funded by transnational Interreg programmes. These programmes are well-suited to provide targeted solutions designed for the specific regions, bridging gaps between national and EU-wide initiatives. 

We help policy, science and industry of the macro-region to be pioneers in clean shipping on a global scale

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A strict limit on sulphur emissions of ships entered into force in the Baltic Sea as a test region in 2015. Many considered such a regional regulation for a global problem as unfair and risky for the shipping sector. However, transnational Interreg cooperation provided sound scientific evidence that the so-called SECA regulation had clear positive effects on environment and health, and no negative side effects on industry (EnviSuM project).

Between 2014 and 2016, the exposure of the population of ten countries’ coastal areas to harmful particles from ship emissions decreased by 35%, and premature deaths went down by 37%. The estimated financial benefits in health and environment outweighed EUR 550 million of compliance costs for the shipping industry by 40 %. These shared experiences of shipping policy, science and industry in the Baltic Sea region showed to the rest of the world that it is possible and worth to invest into macro-regional environmental regulations.

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More information about the EnviSuM project.