Interreg: European Territorial Cooperation – example of DEMO project

Interreg is a programme of cooperation between territories developed with the support of the structural fund ‘European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)’. The programme started 25 years ago and it has for goal to reduce the disparities between European regions , through common projects and cooperation between trans-border regions. Interreg works for a European growth that is intelligent, sustainable and inclusive.

Interreg is a programme managed by European regions, not at the national or European level. Interreg is notably present on the trans-border territory that includes the North of France, Flanders and Wallonia. It aims at erasing the border between these territories, make them cooperate together through economic and social exchanges. For the period 2014 – 2020, Interreg France-Wallonia-Vlaanderen has a budget of 170 millions of euros. This Interreg programme is developed around 4 axes:

  • Research, innovation and transfer of technologies
  • Competitivity of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME)
  • Heritage, natural resources and risk management
  • Social cohesion, health, training and employment

Interreg projects are financed 50% by the ERDF and 50% by other institutional funders or own funds of the organisations part of the project.

Interreg is not a programme specific to cultural projects. Yet, as the European regions choose their priorities among a list of strategies established by the European Union, culture can be part of these priorities. Nonetheless, advocacy is needed at European Regions level so they can fully realise the potential of Interreg programme for cultural projects.

DEMO, an example of an Interreg funded project in the live music sector

For the years 2014 – 2020, Interreg France –Wallonia – Vlaanderen financed the DEMO project: Durability and Ecology in the Music sector and its Organisers. Go through the Slides below to learn more about DEMO: what they do, how they collaborate together, how they think about the future of the project…