European Territorial Cooperation Programmes

European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) is the goal of EU cohesion policy that aims to solve problems across borders and to jointly develop the potential of diverse territories.

Aims & Objectives

ETC cooperation actions are supported by the European Regional Development Fund through three key components: cross-border cooperation, transnational cooperation and interregional cooperation.

In 2021-2027, Ireland will take part in seven ETC funding programmes:

  • PEACE+ (cross-border)
  • Interreg North-West Europe
  • Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic
  • Interreg Atlantic Area
  • Interreg Europe
  • URBACT – specifically for cities
  • URBAN Innovative Actions - testing new & unproven solutions to address urban challenges.

What does it support?

Priorities will be specific to each programme but broad policy objectives across all ETC programmes include contributing to a:

  • Smarter Europe
  • Greener, carbon- free Europe
  • More connected Europe
  • More social Europe
  • Europe closer to citizens

Organisations join a transnational/ interregional partnership across a number of Member States from the programme’s eligible area to carry out project activities.  

Open Calls

Find open calls for ETC Programmes.

View the latest funding from the EU