Interreg - European Regional Development Fund - European Union

Cross-border cooperation in the programming period 2021-2027

For the forthcoming long-term budget of the European Union from 2021 to 2027, the European Commission proposes to modernise cohesion policy. Cohesion policy is the most important investment policy of the EU and an extremely concrete expression of its solidarity, because it supports the European Community in overcoming structural and social differences between the member states, but also within the individual states. These differences damage economic and social cohesion within the European Union and only by overcoming them can our Union develop in a harmonious, balanced and sustainable way. In order to achieve this, cohesion policy is implemented through special financial instruments, the so-called European Structural Funds. These structural funds also include the Interreg programmes and thus also the Interreg Italy-Austria programme.

The draft strategy for the Interreg VI Italy-Austria 2021-2027 programme is drafted on the basis of the following three inputs:

1. Five objectives of cohesion policy

With the new cohesion policy, the European Commission is focusing on the following five investment priorities:

  • a smarter Europe through innovation, digitisation, economic change and support for small and medium-sized enterprises
  • a greener, CO2-free Europe that implements the Paris Convention and invests in energy transformation, renewable energies and the fight against climate change
  • a more interconnected Europe with strategic transport and digital networks
  • a more social Europe that implements the European pillar of social rights and promotes quality jobs, education, skills, social inclusion and equality of access to health care
  • a Europe closer to its citizens by supporting local development strategies and sustainable urban development across the EU

2. Task Force for Programming 2021+

At the meeting of the Monitoring Committee held in Salzburg on 9 May 2019, the managing authority of the Interreg Italy-Austria programme was mandated to initiate preparations for the next programme period. The technical meetings of the "Task Force on Programming 2021+", composed of representatives of the programme regions and the Member States, will be used to prepare the new programme. Innovations and optimisations of the strategy will be developed jointly on the basis of the experience gained during the funding period which is coming to an end and the new needs of the programme regions. The Task Force meets approximately every 6 weeks.

3. Public consultations of interested parties

Public opinion plays a key role in defining the new programme strategy. In various consultations, the views, expectations and suggestions of stakeholders, i.e. past and future promoters, but also of the general public are sought. All information and invitations to these consultations are available on this website.


Die Strategie Interreg VI-A Italien-Österreich 2021-2027 wurde auf der Grundlage der Ziele und Anforderungen der Europäischen Kommission sowie von öffentlichen Konsultationen und Analysen der Bedürfnisse, Möglichkeiten, Herausforderungen, Stärken und Schwächen im Programmgebiet entwickelt (s.u.). Auf dieser Basis wurden fünf Prioritäten festgelegt, in deren Rahmen das Kooperationsprogramm grenzüberschreitende Projekte unterstützen wird:

 Icon1 – Innovation und Unternehmen

Icon 2 – Klimawandel und Biodiversität

Icon 3 – Nachhaltiger und kultureller Tourismus

Icon4 – Lokale Entwicklung (CLLD)

Icon5 – Abbau von grenzüberschreitenden administrativen Hindernissen

First consultation of interested parties

As part of the programming of the future cooperation programme Interreg Italy-Austria 2021-27, a questionnaire has been published to collect strategic contributions. It was addressed to all Stakeholders within and outside the programme and was could be answered online from December 2019 to January 2020. Among other things, the questionnaire asked about the central areas of interest and the added value of crossborder cooperation, the experiences of the past programme and the expectations of the new one, as well as an assessment of the relevance of the various political objectives of the new agenda for Europe, such as a more intelligent Europe, a greener Europe or a more social Europe.

The results of the consultation are currently being evaluated and will be published here shortly.

Last modified: 10/6/2022