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European territorial cooperation (Interreg) 2021-2027 [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Vivienne Halleux (1st edition),


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On 29 May 2018, the European Commission adopted several proposals aimed at defining the architecture of EU cohesion policy for the post-2020 programming period. The package includes a proposal for the new generation of European territorial cooperation (ETC) programmes, commonly referred to as ‘Interreg’. The proposed regulation would bring significant changes to the current architecture of ETC, with the reshaping of the three traditional cooperation strands (i.e. crossborder, transnational and interregional cooperation) and the creation of two new components, one dedicated to outermost regions, the other to interregional cooperation on innovation. Another major novelty is the incorporation of cooperation with countries other than EU Member States. The proposal is being examined simultaneously by the Council and the European Parliament. In Parliament, the Committee on Regional Development (REGI) is responsible for the file. The rapporteur released his draft report on 26 July 2018. The REGI committee is expected to vote on it in December 2018.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on specific provisions for the European territorial cooperation goal (Interreg) supported by the European Regional Development Fund and external financing instruments
Committee responsible: Regional Development (REGI) COM(2018) 374
Rapporteur: Pascal Arimont (EPP, Belgium) 2018/0199 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:



Kerstin Westphal (S&D, Germany)
Sławomir Kłosowski (ECR, Poland)
Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL, United Kingdom)
Bronis Ropė (Greens/EFA, Lithuania)
Rosa D’Amato (EFDD, Italy)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Committee vote

EU Legislation in progress timeline


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