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The Interreg Alpine Space 2021-2027

Since 2000, the Interreg Alpine Space programme contributes to a better quality of life in the Alps. The programme has co-financed 179 projects to make the Alpine region more innovative, low carbon, preserve its unique nature and culture, and improve transnational governance.

We are now starting into the 4th programming period: the Interreg Alpine Space programme 2021-2027. The Partner States of the programme have redefined its objectives, based on the challenges but also the opportunities ahead for the Alpine region. This programming process builds on the EU regulatory framework and especially the European Commission regulations.

NEW PRIORITIES

In the new period, we will co-finance projects contributing to four main objectives or priorities. Each priority can be declined in specific objectives, which define the direction in which we want to develop the Alpine region.

For a detailed description of contents of each priority and specific objectives, including information on the main challenges, type of actions and the expected contribution to EUSALP, please refer to the Interreg programme.

NEW PROGRAMME AREA

In 2021-2027, our cooperation area is extended to all (NUTS 2) regions involved in the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP).

The following regions are forming the programme area. The regional governments and stakeholders of the mentioned areas are looking together for solutions for joint issues. Every region has its say within this programme. Furthermore each one is supporting this programme with funds, their networks and knowledge. The projects funded by the Intererg Alpine Space programme are implemented in this area and by regional stakeholders.

NEW COOPERATION PROGRAMME

After intensive and fruitful work on drafting the new cooperation programme, we are glad to share the final draft implementation programme (IP) of the Interreg Alpine Space programme 2021-2027

In this document, you can learn about the programme cooperation area, the main joint challenges identified, the financing plan as well as further implementing provisions. You will also be able to find detailed explanations on the funding priorities and the types of actions that the programme is looking to finance in the period 2021-2027.

Please note that the IP is not yet approved by the European Commission and be aware that contents of the programme document may change substantially following negotiations of the partner states with the European Commission, and that the formally established Programme committee might take other decisions than the provisional one.

For a summary of what the Interreg Alpine Space programme 2021-2027 will be about, please read the short version of the IP here.

You can also check here the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) report that asseses the likelihood of both positive and negative environmental impacts of the Interreg Alpine Space programme 2021-2027.

Do you want to get involved?

Applications for funding can be submitted within calls for project proposals. The programme will co-finance both small-scale and classic projects.

Small-scale projects
- Can be submitted on an ongoing basis
- Decisions on project selection are taken twice a year

Classic projects
- Selected following a two-step application procedure
- Can be submitted at calls, opened every 12 to 18 months
- Terms of reference describe the programme's expectations

The first call for proposals of 2021-2027 will open in November 2021! Stay tuned for more information.

We invite interested parties to:

  • Read our cooperation programme carefully, as all proposals are required to identify the priority and specific objective they will be contributing to;
  • Discover the results delivered by the programme in the output library. Another source of interest are the ARPAF projects whose results are accessible from the EUSALP website;
  • Get in touch with the contact point in your country (ACP) for more information, support in your partner search or advice on the consistency between your project idea and the cooperation programme.

Are you looking for partners?

Classic projects shall involve at least six partners from four different countries of the programme area, and small-scale projects at least three partners from three different countries of the programme area.

Are you looking for an institution from a specific country or with a specific expertise to complete your project partnership?

  • Get in touch with the contact point (ACP) in your country for support in your partner search
  • Use the keep.eu database to explore the institutions involved in Interreg projects across Europe since 2000. It will help you find a partner with the exact experience needed for your project. Learn more here.

Want to know more about projects financed in 2021-2020?

Since 2000, the Interreg Alpine Space has co-financed 179 projects that have helped make the Alps a better place to live. In 2014-2020 only, our 64 co-financed projects have developed over 160 strategies, tools and networks to tackle the challenges faced by the Alpine region.

They have devised novel approaches to social innovation, fostered an increased competitiveness of Alpine businesses, supported municipalities in their energy saving and circular strategies, facilitated greener human and freight transport, highlighted the protection functions of ecosystems against climate change, searched for ways to protect green areas while preserving the heritage from the past, eased transnational cooperation, and involved citizens in policymaking.

Would you like to know more about a specific project or topic? Try out our interactive project library: here we collect the strategies, tools and networks developed by the Alpine Space projects since 2014.

Get the information you want by:

  • Filtering the priority or the specific objective
  • Filtering the type of output (document, online platform, video...)
  • Choosing the target group
  • Searching for key words
  • Searching with the project acronym

 

Click here to visit our interactive project library!

The programming process

Public events

Transnational event

29 November 2019: Towards an inspiring Alpine Space programme 2021-2027 - workshop at the EUSALP annual Forum in Milan, Italy. You can find here the presentation given by our experts as a start to the workshop. The results of the discussions have been analysed and presented to the task force to feed the ongoing programming process.

Connect @lpine Space 2021+ events: Towards a more sustainable, resilient and innovative Alpine Space 2021-2027

On 5 May, 10 May and 12 May 2021, three 2-hour interactive online events took place. The events included inspiring key notes and panel discussions, networking opportunities and first-hand information on the Interreg Alpine Space 2021-2027. Each event covered a topic of the next programming period 2021-2027. Click here to check out the proceedings.

UPCOMING: Kick-off event on 22 and 23 November 2021 in Salzburg

On 22 and 23 November the kick-off event of the new Alpine Space Programme will be taking place in Salzburg. Stay tuned!

Online stakeholders consultations

A series of 9 stakeholder workshops were planned to take place in the Alpine countries between the end of March and May 2020. Due to the measures taken to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, their organisation as physical meetings had to be cancelled and were replaced by online consultations.
As an alternative to in-person meetings, we have launched national online consultations. Partner States have invited stakeholders and partners in their country to contribute to the design of the Alpine Space programme 2021-2027. The consultation is now closed and gathered more than 330 inputs and comments. We thank all respondents for their valuable feedback! You can consult here the statistical results of this consultation.

Another online consultation, open to a wider public, took place between July and September 2020 on the draft cooperation programme and its expected environmental impacts for the next programming period. You can consult the statistical results of this consultation here.

Focus group and surveys

Focus group and surveys on programme procedures

On 17 September 2019, a focus group took place in Munich to discuss core programme procedures and looking to future project types and implementation mechanisms. Have a glimpse at the photo proceedings.

A wider consultation was launched on 17 October 2019. A survey was addressed to all project partners from the current programme period. 100 contributions were received. Have a look at the outcome here.

Mid-May 2020, first level controllers were consulted on controlling procedures through an online survey, that gathered 60 valuable contributions. Results of this survey are available here.

Focus group on the draft Interreg Alpine Space 2021-2027

On 18 March 2021, a group of selected beneficiaries gathered for a discussion about future project formats, thematic communities and partnerships.

Programme Task Force 2021+

The task force (TF) is responsible for the drafting of the cooperation programme 2021-2027. It is composed of representatives of the Partner States and chaired by the chair of the programme committee (2021: Switzerland). The TF met numerous times to discuss the main joint challenges that the programme 2021-2027 should address.

Meetings
6-7 July 2021: TF meeting no. 19
14 June 2021: TF meeting no.18
18 May 2021: TF meeting no.17
27-28 April 2021: TF meeting no.16
22 March 2021: TF meeting no.15
23-24 February 2021: TF meeting no.14
2-3 February 2021: TF meeting no.13
14 December 2020: TF meeting no.12
16 November 2020: TF meeting no.11
6-7 October 2020: TF meeting no.10
8 September 2020: TF meeting no. 9
23-24 June 2020: TF meeting no. 8
14 May 2020: TF meeting no. 7

18 March 2020: TF meeting no. 6
28 January 2020: TF meeting no. 5, Vienna/AT

19-20 November 2019:  TF meeting no. 4, Munich/DE
24 September 2019: TF meeting no. 3, Vienna/AT
​24 June 2019: TF meeting no. 2, Vienna/AT
14-15 May 2019: TF 2021+ kick-off meeting, Salzburg/AT

Support of external experts

Experts have been contracted to support the drafting of the cooperation programme (CP) and the accompanying strategic environmental assessment (SEA).

CP drafting: Rosinak & Partner / ÖIR
SEA: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)