Norway and the EU Regional Policy

Norway takes part in INTERREG-programmes. Kristiandsand and Lillesand takes part in an innovation network. Photo: Smart Cities

06/01/2012 // The EU regional policy is not a part of the EEA agreement. However, Norway has participated in EUs programme for funding of interregional cooperation, INTERREG, since 1996. The Norwegian participation is financed by the country’s own economic resource from national, regional and local level. Norway participates in INTERREG on almost equal conditions as the EU Member States.

Territorial Cooperation or INTERREG IV is part of EUs regional policy and aims to stimulate co-operation across the borders in EU through transnational and interregional cooperation. It is financed through European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
 In the current period (2007-2013) Norway takes part in eleven different INTERREG programmes: Four cross-border programmes, three transnational programmes, four Pan-European programmes and the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)

Norway is participating in the following INTERREG programmes:
– Four cross-border programmes along the border with Finland, Sweden, and Denmark: Nord, Botnia Atlantica, Sweden-Norway and Øresund Kattegat Skagerrak
-Three transnational programmes (The Baltic Sea programme, The North Sea programme and Northern Periphery)
– Four Pan-European programmes (EPSON, Interact, Interreg IVC og URBACT II)
– European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI): ENPI Kolarctic programme

Both regional and local levels have shown considerable interest to participate in INTERREG. The Norwegian Government considers participation in INTERREG to be an important value added to the national regional policy.

For the current programme period (2007-2013) Norway contributes around 200 million NOK yearly to participate in INTERREG, around 50 percent of this is paid by the Ministery of Local Government and Regional Development, the rest by local, regional and private actors.

Contact at the Mission of Norway to the EU is Jan Edøy, Counsellor for regional and local affairs, phone +32 (0) 2 238 74 64, e-mail [email protected]

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