The dedicated task force set up to design the next NWE Programme (NTF) gathers representatives of six Members States as well as, in advisory capacity, the Joint Secretariat, the Managing Authority (Région Hauts-de-France), Contact Points and an external facilitator. It has been set up in November 2020.
The NTF debated the proposals formulated by dedicated working groups and has made the final decisions. At last NTF meeting on 6 October 2021, Member state representatives agreed on a draft Interreg Programme, including five priorities and nine specific objectives for the future NWE Programme to focus on.
The draft Interreg Programme (version 10 Feb 2022) is the outcome of discussions within the North-West Europe Task Force (NTF) and its dedicated working groups, which have based themselves on the Interreg Regulation for the 2021-2027 period and the SWOT analysis for the future programme carried out by a consortium of external consultants. It includes input from the NWE Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and the feedback submitted to the NWE Programme via its stakeholder consultation.
Please note that the information provided in this document may still change following feedback and further discussions that may take place with the concerned parties, namely the North-West Europe Task Force and the European Commission.
The NTF has reached a preliminary agreement on five priorities and nine specific objectives for the future NWE Programme to focus on.
Priority 1: Climate and environment
- Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention, resilience taking into account ecosystem-based approaches (SO 2.4).
- Enhancing nature protection, biodiversity and reducing all forms of pollution (SO 2.7).
Priority 2: Energy transition
- Promoting energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions (SO 2.1).
- Promoting renewable energy in accordance with Directive 2018/2019, including the sustainability criteria set out therein (SO 2.2).
Priority 3: Circular economy
Priority 4: Innovation and resilience
- Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies (SO 1.1).
Priority 5: Inclusive society
- Enhancing the effectiveness and inclusiveness of labour markets and access to quality employment through developing social infrastructure and promoting social economy (SO 4.1).
- Ensuring equal access to health care and fostering resilience of health systems, including primary care, and promoting the transition from institutional to family-and-community-based care (SO 4.5).
- Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism in economic development, social inclusion and social innovation (SO 4.6).
The Specific Objectives numbering refers to the one that appears in the NWE IP document. It follows the numbering of Specific Objectives as defined by the European Commission.