Fund for Regional Cooperation

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About

The Fund for Regional Cooperation supports projects tackling common European challenges through regional cross-border and transnational cooperation.

The Challenge

Many of the economic, social and environmental challenges faced by Europe today are not confined by national borders – their effects are felt and shared across countries. The EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation recognises regional cross-border and transnational cooperation as a key driver to find shared solutions to these issues.

Our Approach

Our goal

We aim to strengthen transnational cooperation to solve common European challenges.

How?

The € 34.5 million Fund supports cooperation projects focusing on knowledge sharing, exchange of good practice and capacity building across the priority sectors of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021. Within these sectors, funding is allocated to initiatives such as:

  • Inclusive dialogue and the strengthening of transnational/regional networks, knowledge sharing and policy exchange to accelerate innovation
  • The development of sustainable transnational cooperation structures between the business sector, public sector, civil sector and academia
  • Engagements contributing to and enhancing effectiveness and efficiency in policy development and responses to common European challenges

The projects supported must be regional cross-border or transnational in nature and involve partners and activities in at least three different countries. Entities in the following countries are eligible for funding:

  • Albania
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine

Selection of projects

The Fund for Regional Cooperation has had one call for proposals, seeking transnational projects ideas within the 23 programme areas of the EEA and Norway Grants. Over 700 applications were submitted, involving thousands of entities across Europe. 20 projects have now been selected by the Financial Mechanism Committee to receive fundingThe implementation period is expected to start in the autumn.

View the infographic for a full overview of the geographical participation in the selected projects.