Cohesion policy 2021-2027
The preparations for the next generation of Interreg programmes is well advancing. All the European Commission’s instruments related to cohesion policy, for the period 2021-2027, with Interreg being one of them, received political support from the European Parliament and the Council in December 2020.
The legislation package, including the Common Provisions Regulation for shared management funds as well as Interreg regulation was approved by the Council in March 2021. Now, it is the European Parliament’s turn to approve the legal documents. It is expected that the legislation package could enter into force still before summer 2021.
Information on the latest status on the future legal framework and the budget of cohesion policy including Interreg you will find on the website of the European Commission.
Interreg, endowed with a budget of €8 billion for the years 2021-2027, is one of the two goals of cohesion policy. It provides a framework for working across borders for a harmonious economic, social and territorial development of the Union as a whole. Interreg is built around four strands of cooperation: cross-border, transnational, interregional and integration of Outermost Regions in their neighbouring environment.
Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021 – 2027
The preparations for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme 2021-2027 started in the autumn of 2019 with setting up a Joint Programming Committee (JPC) to supervise the overall progress of programming, and to take formal decisions on the content of the future Programme. The JPC is composed of delegates from eight EU Member States and three neighbouring partner countries around the Baltic Sea region. You can download the contact list of the JPC members.
One of the core tasks of JPC is the selection of the future priorities for transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea region as well as the allocation of funds to those priorities.
The Joint Programming Committee members proposed the thematic framework for the future Programme in June 2020. This draft was open to public consultation from July to September 2020. In parallel, coordinators of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the project platforms were invited to provide comments in additional surveys. Based on the feedback received, the topics were reviewed, the Joint Programming Committee approved the thematic framework for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2021-2027. In the next step, the Programme document will be approved by all Programme countries and then submitted to the European Commission.
More information about JPC and programming task force meetings on selected topics can be found under 'News' and 'Events' sections below.
Screening report: Strategic Environmental Assessment not necessary for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2021-2027
As the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2021-2027 will work on environmental topics such as water management, transport or land use, the environmental impact of the Programme might have needed to be assessed as part of an EU-wide strategic assessment.
The screening report* has concluded that a full scale Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is not required for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2021-2027.
Download the full report here.
*The screening has been made in accordance with the European Union Directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (SEA Directive).