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In the context of internationalisation, globalisation and integration, interconnections, interrelations and cooperation between countries and regions have intensified and expanded. Territorial cooperation arrangements have a long and well-established history within Europe, from the first ‘Euroregion’ established in 1958 at the German-Dutch border, and the launch of INTERREG in 1989, to the more recently adopted macro-regional strategies. In the EU context, territorial cooperation is viewed as an important channel for reinforcing territorial cohesion and integration. Yet, the economic crisis, large-scale migrant and refugee flows, and Brexit are posing challenges to territorial cooperation. Significant questions are also raised about the complexity, impact and value of territorial cooperation programmes. Looking to the future, contemporary and past experiences can offer valuable lessons for maximising the beneficial impacts of territorial cooperation.
With these challenges and opportunities in mind, this special issue focuses on European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), one of the two goals of Cohesion policy. It provides a framework for the implementation of joint actions and policy exchanges between national, regional and local actors from different Member States.
The articles featured provide a timely contribution to the post-2020 Cohesion policy debate on themes such as the added value of INTERREG to cross-border cooperation, the impact of cross-border cooperation programmes through cross-border networks, the role and position of macro-region strategies, and the involvement of non-EU Member States in future cooperation arrangements. In addition, there are two articles on transnational cooperation in the context of rural development and LEADER.