The Transnational Strand of INTERREG: Shifting Paradigm in INTERREG North-West Europe (NWE): From Spatial Planning Cooperation to Thematic Cooperation

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Abstract

This chapter presents a summary of some important achievements and challenges of the implementation of the NWE INTERREG-B programme from 2000 until the present. In short, our analysis concludes that this programme was instrumental to improvements in issues where “soft” measures and “hard” investments met each other, like the adaptation of water management and its spatial planning to climate change. It also shows that the change of paradigm, in this case from Spatial Planning cooperation to Thematic Cooperation, constitutes an important challenge for an existing structure. The adaptation of stakeholders or target groups takes time, but with time it can be done successfully. Furthermore, the conclusions have led to some first thinking exercises about the post-2020 structuring of cooperation. This thinking must be considered as a personal contribution to the debate. Issues which in our view need attention in this debate are: the explicit agreement by the whole governance with the aim of such a financial cooperation tool; the prevention of overlaps, both thematic and geographic; the adaptation of the structure to the needs of border-crossing cooperation projects instead of projects adapting to (outdated) programme structures.

Keywords

North-West Europe Transnational cooperation INTERREG-B Territorial cooperation Post-2020 Future ETC 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.INTERREG North-West Europe (NWE) ProgrammeLilleFrance

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