Interreg EMR finances cross-border projects with funds drawn from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). From the regions and from own sources of project partners funds can also be made available. By supporting cross-border cooperation, the programme Interreg Euregio Meuse-Rhine contributes to the quality of life of the Euregio’s four million or so inhabitants.
The four priorities are:
Social inclusion and education
The European Union has made 96 million euros available from the ERDF for the Interreg V-A programme in the Meuse-Rhine Euregio (2014-2020). Since projects can draw up to 70% of their budgets from ERDF funding, the programme’s total budget will exceed 140 million euros. It will provide a powerful impetus for investment in the Meuse-Rhine Euregio.
Previous Interreg programmes
Interreg programmes I (1990-1993), II (1994-1999), III (2000-2006) and IV (2007-2013) targeted the social domain and community-related matters - e.g. culture, health and tourism – as priorities. During Interreg IV (2007-2013), the emphasis shifted mainly to the economy. This led to four new investment priorities being added to the Interreg V EMR programme (2014–2020).