Cross programme collaboration between regional territorial cooperation programmes

Irene McMaster, Arno van der Zwet, Heidi Vironen

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Abstract

There are increased pressures to improve linkages between European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programmes. This article identifies three models that can assist more collaborative approaches. It goes on to draw practical lessons on issues around the establishment of such mechanisms. The article draws on the authors’ experiences in relation to formulating and consulting on proposals for a collaborative mechanism in the Euro-Arctic region. Regional territorial cooperation is considered an important driver for development in the Arctic and adjacent northern European regions and is supported by European Arctic States and the European Union. Experience from the Arctic demonstrates the added value of regional collaboration. However, formalised cooperation and collaboration need to be highly tailored to specific regional needs and conditions. The development of formal mechanisms needs to build trust and acceptance among the key stakeholders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-220
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Structural and Investment Funds Journal
Volume3
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2016

Keywords

  • Arctic cooperation
  • territorial cooperation
  • ESI funds
  • European neighbourhood instrument

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