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Interreg’s goal is to reduce the economic differences that exist between different EU regions and member states. It stimulates cooperative projects in the fields of innovation, environment, climate, sustainable energy, CO2 reduction and efficient use of natural resources and materials.

Interreg is made up of several programmes, divided by European regions. The Netherlands participates in a number of European, transnational and cross-border programmes. The budget for the various programmes comes from the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRO)

All Interreg programmes have the prerequisite of cooperation with partners from other European countries.

Objectives and target audiences of Interreg

The Interreg programmes are intended for cooperative projects between governments, knowledge institutes, businesses, non-profit organisations and social organisations (foundations, associations and interest groups) from the various countries participating in a programme.

Some Interreg programmes specifically target SMEs.

Projects must suit the programmes’ priorities. The NWE and NSR programme also focus on demonstration projects during which new techniques and methods – including joint testing, validation, evaluation and distribution of results – are applied.

The EUROPE programme requires that projects focus on knowledge exchange with partners in other European regions, with the ultimate goal of improving an existing policy instrument.

Conditions, characteristics and figures

  • Cooperation between at least two parties from countries that participate in the programme
  • Grant percentages vary per programme: NWE 60%, NSR 50%, Europe 75-85%, FL-NL, Ger-NL and 2seas 50%.
  • Two calls per year per programme in accordance with the 2-step principle. Interreg Ger-NL is always open to applications.
  • Project scope indicative 3-6 million euros, lead time 3-5 years.
  • Under certain conditions, a contribution for drawing up the application (PSR) and/or an additional contribution for the co-financing (CETSI) can be acquired via RVO

Additional information

Meanwhile, more is known about the Interreg 2021-2027 programmes.

Interreg Nort-West Europe

The Interreg NWE programme, like the current programme, has a 2-step approach: a summary application (step 1) and a full application (step 2). Whereas previously there were 2 calls per year, this period will now be shortened to about 9 months.  Call 1/step 1 opens 22 March 2021, the deadline is 15 June 2022. Decision-making on this first batch of projects is around the summer. Approved projects have until the end of December 2022 to complete step 2.

The schedule for the second call is also roughly known. It is expected that step 1 of call 2 will close early February 2023.

Interreg North Sea Region

Interreg NSR will publish a new round of calls on 1 August. It concerns three types of applications:

  • Full applications. This applies only to consortia that have already submitted a project idea during the previous round.
  • Project ideas for regular projects. Did you miss the previous round? Then you can now make a brief pre-application to see if your project qualifies.
  • Small-scale projects: These are projects with a budget of a recommended minimum of €200,000 and a set maximum of €500,000, and a duration of 18 months. Pre-application is not required.

The deadline for this second round is 14 November 2022.

Interreg Flanders Netherlands

The second call of this programme is expected to open in mid-November 2022, with an expected deadline in the first half of February 2023. A third round is expected to open in late 2023/early 2024. A total budget of €200 million is available.

These are the four pillars on which the currently draft programme is based:

  • A smarter Europe: innovation and skills for smart transformation
  • A greener Europe: climate, environment and nature
  • A more social Europa: inclusive labour market, education and sustainable leisure time
  • An Europe without borders: working together to overcome border barriers


Interreg Netherlands Germany

Interreg Netherlands Germany is already open. Applications cover the following themes:

  • Energy & climate
  • High tech systems and materials
  • Integration of education and labor market
  • Agro & food
  • Health & care

Interreg Europe

Interreg Europe opens on 15 March 2023 and is intended to stimulate interregional European cooperation, with a focus on improving policy instruments for regional development. Target groups are policy makers, as well as regional authorities, knowledge institutions, non-profit institutions, development agencies, and private non-profit parties. A consortium must comprise participants from at least three different countries, of which at least two partners must be from different EU Member States. The budget will be announced at a later date. The deadline is 9 June 2023.

Examples of projects funded with Interreg


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