During the 2021-2027 programming period, INTERREG continues to support interregional cooperation among regions from all across Europe.
“To steer the overall process, take formal decisions on the content of the future programme and select our thematic priorities, we have set up a programming committee. The committee is made of delegates from 29 Partner States who take the decisions. An observer from the European Commission as well as the programme's managing authority and joint secretariat take part, but without any decision-making powers. We’ve also hired external experts to help us draft the new programme.”
Horizon Europe is a €100 billion research and innovation program designed to follow Horizon 2020. The program will have 5 main mission areas:
- Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation
- Climate-neutral and smart cities
- Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters
- Soil health and food
The key to this program is partnership and cooperation between EU countries, which will help build a better future for all Europeans. Another goal is to widen participation and strengthen the European research area.
Here are links with more information about Horizon Europe:
The EU Program Erasmus+ will continue starting in January of 2021. It supports the creation and funding of projects that work on themes of education, training, and sport in Europe. The program’s budget is over €14.7 billion and has previously enable more than 4 million Europeans to learn and work abroad; both individuals and organizations take part in Erasmus programs.
Participation in the Erasmus+ program will be possible in all areas in the form of integrated learning ("blended learning"); likewise, the acquisition of knowledge and skills by means of eLearning will be expanded. Under the current conditions of COVID-19, the program is already doing important preparatory work to ensure that participation in the program remains possible even without physical mobility and face-to-face learning.
Here are links with some information about the upcoming Erasmus+ cycle:
There are many specific words and terms used in the sphere of international cooperation which are not commonly used. These dictionaries help to define these words, which makes it easier to read and comprehend English documents and applications:
One of the most effective and promising methods to find partner organisations for an international project is the project search. Using various online search engines, it is possible to search for EU projects that have already been completed, to narrow down their topics and to find out which organisations are involved. In a further search, the individual organisations can be narrowed down via their websites, EPALE, etc., and then finally contacted and inquired about. In this way, professional and experienced project partners can be found, as they have already completed international cooperation projects.
Plattforms for project search:
The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme is a financing instrument at EU level to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.
Horizon Europe is an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme to succeed Horizon 2020.
Horizon Europe will support European partnerships with EU countries, the private sector, foundations and other stakeholders. The aim is to deliver on global challenges and industrial modernisation through concerted research and innovation efforts.
It is divided into three pillars:
- Excellent Science
- Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness
- Innovative Europe
The European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) is a service facility aiming to provide cluster organisations with modern tools.
The services include:
- a dynamic mapping of over 1000 profiled cluster organisations worldwide
- the largest information hub for clusters offering latest news/events/open calls to a broad community
- matchmaking events supporting the development of cooperation between clusters in Europe and beyond
- a database on regional, national, international and sectoral cluster networks
- detailed information on the European Strategic Cluster Partnerships
- a partner search facility, where cluster organisations can exchange their offers and demands
- dedicated pages supporting international cooperation including profiles of selected countries of strategic interest and related European international support services
- a database of profiled cluster-related projects developed under various European programmes.
The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) manages funding for education, culture, audiovisual, sport, citizenship and volunteering. The website collects information on the funding programmes managed by the EACEA:
- Creative Europe (culture and audiovisual media)
- Erasmus+ (education, training, youth and sport)
- European Solidarity Corps (volunteering, traineeships and job opportunities for young people across Europe)
- Europe for Citizens (remembrance and civic participation)
- EU Aid Volunteers (training and capacity building of volunteers and humanitarian organisation)
- Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme (academic mobility in Africa)
The EACEA website is a knowledge database on current developments, funding opportunities, calls for proposals and the specific application procedures of these programmes.
The Alpine Space programme is a European transnational cooperation programme for the Alpine region. It provides a framework to facilitate the cooperation between economic, social and environmental key players in seven Alpine countries, as well as between various institutional levels such as: academia, administration, business and innovation sector, and policy making.
Four of these thematic fields, called priorities, have been identified for the 2014–2020 period:
Priority 1: Innovative Alpine Space
Priority 2: Low Carbon Alpine Space
Priority 3: Liveable Alpine Space
Priority 4: Well-Governed Alpine Space
The cooperation area of the Alpine Space programme covers the Alps and their surrounding lowlands, connecting very distinct regions, such as the French Rhone Valley with the Slovenian Adriatic coast, and the metropolitan area of Milan with the Bavarian foothills.
The programming process for the Alpine Space programme 2021-2027 has officially started.