In recent years, the Arctic region has received a growing attention from policy makers and investors. Because of the wide range of local, regional and international actors and the speed of the developments, a need for a more coordinated regional development has become clear.
The European Territorial Cooperation programmes operating within the Arctic have decided to work more closely together.
The programmes are working on:
• more informed/coordinated project selection and thereby a better allocation and better use of the programme funding
• clearer and more integrated information for potential applicants about funding opportunities, and a wider network of potential collaboration partners
• more concrete and relevant project outputs meeting the needs of Arctic stakeholders, and better involvement of these stakeholders.
• better promotion of results; more targeted, on a more aggregated level, and to a wider audience
• more efficient programme management, by pooling resources and achieving a wider impact
Concretely, what you can expect are coordinated websites, joint project development events, dedicated annual seminars in conjunction with programme events, a joint presence at large Arctic or European conferences, an award for Arctic projects, and eventually, joint publications focused on results and the post-2020 period.
This cross-programme collaboration is encouraged and mandated by the European Commission and the EU High Representative in their Joint Communication A new integrated EU policy for the Arctic, published in April 2016. Ultimately, the collaboration should provide input for establishing research and investment priorities in the European Arctic.
The collaboration between the Interreg programmes is coordinated by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme. Participating programmes are currently Botnia-Atlantica, Nord, Kolarctic CBC and Karelia CBC but the collaboration will consider including other programmes. To ensure a high complementarity with other policy initiatives and stakeholder organisations operating in the Arctic, these organisations will be consulted or involved where appropriate.