Interreg is an initiative that aims to stimulate cooperation between regions in the European Union. It runs since 1989, and is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The current version, Interreg IV, is covering the period 2007–2013 and has an ERDF-budget of nearly € 7.8 billion. According to size and geographical span the Interreg programmes are allocated to three different strands (A: cross-border cooperation, B: transnational cooperation and C: interregional cooperation). Interreg IV A covers 52 programmes with a joint ERDF-budget of € 5.6 billion.
More information: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/cooperation/index_en.htm
2 Mers Seas Zeeën is an Interreg IV A programme that promotes cross-border cooperation between the coastal regions of 4 EU member states: France (Nord-Pas de Calais), England (SW, SE, E), Belgium (Flanders) and The Netherlands (South coastal area). It was approved in September 2008 and has an ERDF-budget of € 167 million. The programme has three priority themes and a common priority with the France (Channel) - England INTERREG IV A programme:
Priority 1: creating an economically competitive, attractive and accessible area
Priority 2: promoting and enhancing a safe and healthy environment
Priority 3: improving quality of life
Priority 4: a common priority with the France (Channel) – England INTERREG IVA programme
More information: www.interreg4a-2mers.eu/en
ACE (Answers to the Carbon Economy) is an Interreg IV A, 2 Mers Seas Zeeën Programme with an ERDF-budget of €2.090.823,50. The general aim of the ACE programme is to set out a transition path towards a low carbon economy from a business perspective. More specifically, methods will be developed on legal, economic, spatial, technical and social level to decrease greenhouse gas emissions from businesses, whilst increasing competitiveness in the project areas. The project will run from July 2011 until June 2014.