STRESSING the significant contribution that European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), also referred to as Interreg, can bring in the framework of the European Structural and Investment Funds and as an integral part of cohesion policy;
WELCOMING the initiative of the Luxembourg presidency which allowed for the first time to have a formal political debate on Interreg;
TAKING NOTE of the results of a first-ever Eurobarometer survey conducted by the Commission in 2015 to identify and map attitudes of citizens living in the border areas with a view to arriving at more targeted EU interventions;
STRESSING in that respect that efforts have to be done to enhance the visibility of Interreg.
CONSIDERS that the 25th anniversary of Interreg offers an opportunity to review its achievements, assess its impacts through rigorous analysis of past performance and start the discussion about its future;
STRESSING the positive role that cross-border, transnational and Europe-wide cooperation of Interreg, can play in enhancing regional integration in larger functional areas and in supporting, where appropriate, a successful delivery of existing and future EU Macroregional Strategies, as well as other EU-wide sectoral strategies.
General Affairs (Cohesion) Council Conclusions
OUTCOME OF THE COUNCIL MEETING 3427th Council meeting General Affairs, Brussels, 17 and 18 November 2015
The Council adopted the following conclusions (13507/15) designed to take stock of the 25 years existence of the European territorial cooperation, Interreg:
STRESSING the significant contribution that European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), also referred to as Interreg, can bring in the framework of the European Structural and Investment Funds and as an integral part of cohesion policy.