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European Transnational Cooperation in the Making

The Added-Value of INTERREG-B

Eduardo Medeiros, Guus Muijzers, Rudolf (Ruut) Louwers, Isabelle Roger, Sandra Tavares da Silva

The European transnational cooperation process, implemented via the ongoing 15 EU INTERREG-B programmes, is integrated in the second objective of EU Cohesion Policy: European Territorial Cooperation. Aiming to promote better cooperation and regional development processes within the European Union by a joint approach to tackle common issues, the EU transnational cooperation programmes are key to tackling transnational development bottlenecks and to better exploring transnational territorial capitals. Currently, there are ongoing discussions within the European Commission to delimit the new EU Cohesion Policy post-2020 INTERREG-B programmes. In this context, this article summarises the main conclusions of four invited speakers of an international conference which took place on 21 June 2019 at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa. The conference aimed to present some of the key contributions towards territorial development of the EU of EU Cohesion Policy and, in particular, of three INTERREG-B programmes: North West Europe (NWE), South West Europe (SUDOE), and the Atlantic Area.

Eduardo Medeiros is a Geography Professor and an integrated researcher at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), DINÂMIA’CET – IUL, Lisboa, Portugal – Avenida das Forças Armadas, Edifício Sedas Nunes, Sala 2W4-d, 1649 – 026 Lisboa, Portugal. For corresponcence: He has a Ph.D. in Geography (Urban and Regional Development Studies) and is a DG REGIO and URBACT III expert.Guus Muijzers, European Commission, DG Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO). For correspondence: (the information and views set out in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Commission).Rudolf (Ruut) Louwers, Director of the INTERREG-B North West Europe programme. For correspondence: Roger, Director of the INTERREG-B SUDOE Joint Secretariat programme. For correspondence: Tavares da Silva is a Professor at Faculdade de Economia da Universidade do Porto and an associated researcher at CEF.UP – Center for Economics and Finance. She has a Ph.D. in Economics and is currently appointed as Executive Manager, Managing Authority of the INTERREG-B Atlantic Area programme. For correspondence: The views expressed in this article are personal.


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