Interreg Euro-MED
02/12/2021

Interreg Euro-MED inaugurates a new architecture for 2021-2027

    02/12/2021

The new Euro-MED programme kicked-off in Lisbon (Portugal) in a hybrid fashion, heading towards a Greener Mediterranean. “The Mediterranean is the sea basin the most affected by climate change, after the arctic”, that’s why the new programme is 100% inspired by the EU Green Deal. It was the occasion the present a new architecture. The first calls are expected in the Spring 2022.

The programme area is welcoming new members from Spain (Castilla-la-Mancha, Comunidad de Madrid and Extremadura), North Macedonia and Bulgaria. In total, the Euro-MED programme is now involving 14 countries and 69 regions. The former Interreg MED accounted 142 projects between 2014 and 2020, including our horizontal project on Sustainable Tourism.

New architecture for the Euro-MED Programme

We hope to have the video recording and the presentations very soon for more details and many graphics. The programme is now separated in 3 Thematic priorities and 4 specific objectives.

  • Smarter Med
    • Research and innovation
  • Greener Med
    • Circular Economy
    • Climate change & risk prevention
    • Nature and biodiversity
  • Med Governance

The difference with other programmes is the 4 missions adapting the objectives for a comprehensive approach:

  • Strengthening an innovative Sustainable Economy
  • Protecting, restoring, and valorising the natural environment and heritage
  • Promoting Green living areas
  • Enhancing Sustainable Tourism (the only mission covering all 4 specific objectives)

The priorities, the missions and the objectives are interconnected and complementary. Adapting to this new programme, the projects and calls will have different categories, evolving from the previous programme.

4 typologies for thematic (modular) projects focused on Studying, Testing, Transferring and Strategic Territorial

2 types of strategic projects:

  • 4 Thematic communities, following the missions on the 7 years
  • Governance projects: liaising activities and mainstreaming processes to promote institutional dialogues, within and beyond the programme area.

Two calls are coming in 2022

The programme submission is pending in 2022 with a final approval from the European Commission expected in April, when they will be able to give the final budget.

A new website is expected with new tools like Jems, the common monitoring system to most Interreg programmes, a new forum and a new common database.

But calls are already being planned:

  • Governance strategic projects in February with a deadline in May
  • Thematic Modular Projects from June to September

In January and February, the Joint Secretariat will organise seminars on the return of experience from the 2014-2020 programme. And on the 10th of February 2022, there will be a seminar for applicants, followed by seminars to support the drafting of applications in March/April.

The evolution of the Capitalisation strategy

Following the integrated activity of the current capitalisation strategy with horizontal projects and strategic projects, the Euro-MED strategy is evolving into a results amplification strategy to impact sustainability and positively the Mediterranean area.

This new amplification strategy is supporting the process of an evidence-based improving territorial governance, as “a collective state of mind”, with a complex distribution of roles at different levels among the actions of the programme.

NECSTouR project hub on Interreg programmes

Alpine members are invited to contact NECSTouR secretariat if they are interested in creating a project for the programme or to join existing consortiums. Other Interreg programmes covered include Interreg Europe, Interreg Alpine Space and Interreg North-West Europe.