What motivated you to join Interreg NWE?
After spending several years representing the interests of European Regions in Brussels and Strasbourg, promoting cohesion policy and territorial cooperation, I was keen to continue my career at a more operational level.
Working for Interreg is a good way for me to further exploit my territorial cooperation commitment closer to projects and citizens. Moreover, Interreg NWE being one of the largest Interreg programmes, carries responsibilities and expectations in the promotion of territorial cooperation that I am keen to take on.
I am delighted to have joined Interreg, one of the European Union success stories!
What challenges and opportunities do you see for the current Interreg NWE programme?
The biggest challenges for the current programme are the impacts of COVID and Brexit on project partners. The implementation of many projects has been slowed down or put on hold because of the sanitary situation. With Brexit, the uncertainty, until this summer, about the future of the United Kingdom participation in Interreg has caused anxiety and the decision of this important partner not to take part in the future programming period raised many questions among project partners.
These two crises have been opportunities to show the resilience and agility of the programme in dire times and its ability to provide fast and tailormade solutions to projects. These crises also challenge us to adapt the forthcoming 2021-2027 programme.
Our fast and adapted responses illustrate one of the key added values of Interreg: how close we are to project partners.