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Call pre-announcement: Interreg Noordwest Europa



The next call for project proposals will be open from 18 April to 27 May (deadline at 12.00 -midday- CET). All supporting documents (Programme Manual, application form, etc) are available on this website.

We are looking for transnational cooperation initiatives that can deliver concrete results for the North-West Europe area and its citizens. If you have an idea that could make one of our Programme objectives a reality, we would like to hear from you.

The INTERREG North-West Europe (NWE) Programme is a transnational European Territorial Cooperation Programme funded by the European Union. The areas involved in the NWE Programme are Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and parts of France, Germany and the Netherlands.

 Priority 1: InnovationPriority 1 focuses on enhancing the innovation performance in NWE. The NWE Programme uses the following definition for ‘enhance innovation performance’: “to better exploit research outcomes for the development of new technologies, products, processes and services generating an impact on the social, demographic, spatial, economic and environmental conditions of NWE territories”.Specific Objectives

  • SO1 To enhance innovation performance of enterprises throughout NWE regions

 Priority 2: Low Carbon The Programme addresses the challenge of finding ways to reduce GHGs to meet climate change goals. This is not an easy challenge, the NWE area is highly urbanised, and urban areas are major sources of GHG emissions.

  • SO2: To facilitate the implementation of low-carbon, energy and climate protection strategies to reduce GHG emissions in NWE
  • SO3: To facilitate the uptake of low carbon technologies, products, processes and services in sectors with high energy saving potential, to reduce GHG emissions in NWE
  • SO4: To facilitate the implementation of transnational low-carbon solutions in transport systems to reduce GHG-emissions in NWE.

Priority 3: Resource and materials efficiencyWith growing pressure on the world’s resources and on the environment, it is important for NWE to promote the transition to a resource-efficient and ultimately regenerative circular economy (rather than a ‘throw away’ economy). 

  • SO5: To optimise (re)use of material and natural resources in NWE



The Programme is aimed at two groups. Projects financed by the Programme are delivered by a set of organisations acting as project partners (Beneficiaries). These deliver solutions and benefits for the end-users of project activities (Target Groups).

 The beneficiaries include, among others:

  • Governmental organisations (local, regional, national and international);
  • Civil society stakeholders (for example third-sector organisations such as NGOs and non-profit organisations);
  • Education and knowledge institutions, including private or semi-public research organisations;
  • Intermediate bodies, such as chambers of commerce, development agencies, cluster organisations, technology transfer offices;
  • Enterprises, including social enterprises;

 The target groups to benefit from the project activities include, among others:

  • Enterprises, including SMEs;
  • Excluded population or population at risk for exclusion, or other forms of communities under pressure;
  • Households and inhabitants in the NWE area;
  • Governmental organisations;
  • Civil society stakeholders.


Info & contact

Schrijf u in voor e-mail alerts op de website van het programma Noordwest Europa

We have prepared a few activities to help you succeed:

• Save the date: Project Idea Lab – Frankfurt (Germany), 7 April

Find new partners, give visibility to your project idea and meet the Interreg NWE team at the next call’s transnational event.

Our team will give you an insight in what made some applications succeed and others fail in the two previous calls. But the floor will be mostly yours: We are working on a program of activities to help you network, find new partners and make progress in the development of your idea.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is compulsory. If you do not want to miss your place, sign up on our website to receive alerts and we will send you an email when the registration is open. We expect around 250 people from the 8 NWE countries.

• Other information events:

Get to know the Interreg NWE basics at an info-day near you. Some events are exclusively devoted to Interreg NWE and others include information about our programme and other EU funding opportunities across the whole NWE territory:

11 March – Nottingham, UK

14 March - Newtown, UK

15 March 2016 - Reims, France

21 March – Luxembourg city

End of April – Ireland

Learn more about these events: http://www.nweurope.eu/news-events/events/



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Europese Territoriale Samenwerking


Het Europees Fonds voor Regionale Ontwikkeling (EFRO) is een van de vijf structuur- en investeringsfondsen om de economische, sociale en territoriale samenwerking in de Europese Unie te versterken.

Vlaanderen neemt via twee kanalen deel aan het EFRO:

  • Via het beheer van een Vlaams EFRO-programma ‘Investeren in Groei en Werkgelegenheid’ 
  • Via medebeheer en participatie in negen internationale EFRO-programma’s voor ‘Europese Territoriale Samenwerking’

Vlaanderen neemt in 2014-2020 deel aan negen Interreg-programma’s:

  • Grensoverschrijdende programma’s: Grensregio Vlaanderen-Nederland, Euregio Maas-Rijn, Frankrijk-Wallonië-Vlaanderen en 2 Zeeën
  • Transnationale programma’s: Noordzeeregio en Noordwest Europa 
  • Interregionale programma’s: Interreg Europe, Urbact en Interact


Interreg is bedoeld voor initiatieven die om grensoverschrijdende samenwerking vragen tussen meerdere spelers, sectoren en bestuursniveaus. Onder andere voor schaalvoordelen en efficiëntiewinsten.

De Interreg-programma’s zijn opgebouwd rond:

  • Overgang naar een kenniseconomie en versterking van innovatie
  • Overgang naar een koolstofarme economie
  • Versterken van het concurrentievermogen van kmo’s 
  • Valorisatie en duurzaam gebruik van milieu en/of hulpbronnen

Vlaanderen legt extra accenten volgens de kenmerken of noden van een programmagebied of samenwerkingsniveau:

  • Grensoverschrijdende programma’s: versterking en uitbouw van de arbeidsmarkt in grensregio’s
  • Transnationale programma’s: samenwerking rond transnationale transportstromen en logistieke thema’s
  • Interregionale programma’s: verbetering van beleidsinstrumenten rond regionale ontwikkeling (Interreg Europe) en duurzame
  • Stedelijke ontwikkeling (Urbact)


Grensoverschrijdende programma’s:

  • Grensregio Vlaanderen-Nederland: 152 miljoen euro
  • Euregio Maas-Rijn: 96 miljoen euro
  • Frankrijk-Wallonië-Vlaanderen: 166 miljoen euro 
  • 2 Zeeën: 257 miljoen euro

Transnationale programma’s:

  • Noordzeeregio: 167 miljoen euro 
  • Noordwest Europa: 396 miljoen euro

Interregionale programma’s:

  • Interreg Europe: 359 miljoen euro
  • Urbact: 74 miljoen euro 
  • Interact: 39 miljoen euro


Wie maakt er kans op subsidies uit de Interreg programma’s?

  • alle juridische entiteiten


  • Afhankelijk van programma komen verschillende landen in aanmerking.

Info & contact

Agentschap Ondernemen - Entiteit Europa Economie



02 553 38 63

Grensregio Vlaanderen-Nederland

Jorre Vandamme


02 553 37 70

Euregio Maas-Rijn

In afwachting van vervanging



Sandra Vandewiele


02 553 37 29

2 Zeeën

Dries Debruyne


050 40 33 73


Matthias Verhegge



Noordzee Regio

Sandra Vandewiele


02 553 37 29


Matthias Verhegge


02 553 37 29

Interreg Europa

Philippe Rousseau


02 553 37 07




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