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Interreg Europe helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy. By creating an environment and opportunities for sharing solutions, we aim to ensure that government investment, innovation and implementation efforts all lead to integrated and sustainable impact for people and place.

Our fourth (and last) call for project proposals opens today, on 7 May. It will close on 22 June. A few things have changed compared to the previous calls. See what is new:


An additional rule was introduced, concerning the geographical coverage. While the programme has always encouraged projects with a broad geographical coverage, this rather vague notion is now translated in a clear rule. The eligibility area of the programme (28 EU countries, Switzerland and Norway) was split into four geographical areas. In order to be eligible, your project partnership needs to include at least one partner from at least three of the four areas.


We encourage you to use the iOLF system to have the annexes to the application filled in automatically (partner declarations and letter(s) of support, if applicable). That way you can ensure consistency in names of institutions and policy instruments between the application and the annexes.


Your project proposal has to demonstrate its innovative character. So far 184 projects have been approved in Interreg Europe. They tackle various topics, so being innovative becomes more and more difficult. However, we have some tips for you on how to overcome this:

focus on an underrepresented topic such as renewable energy, water quality or waste management

include an underrepresented region in the partnership and/or newcomer partner organisations


The second phase of your project will be dedicated to the action plan implementation and its monitoring. As previously, the activities included in this phase are predefined. In order to ensure timely results, the duration of phase 2 is shortened to one year for all fourth call projects. 

Moreover, you will not need to budget phase 2 anymore. We will finance the activities through a lump sum. The lump sum is defined in relation to the number of policy instruments/ action plans to be monitored (for example, for three policy instruments, the total sum for the whole partnership for phase 2 activities is 51,000 EUR). See all details in the programme manual, page 120.


Type: Programme

Tags: fourth callApplicants