Interreg Europe

Interreg Europe is a funding programme that helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy.

Aims & Objectives

The programme aims to improve EU cohesion policy through the exchange of experience, transfer of good practices and joint initiatives among 28 EU regions (+ Norway and Switzerland) on thematic objectives, such as innovation, SMEs, low carbon economy and environmental protection.

Interreg Europe supports cooperation across borders to jointly tackle common challenges and find shared solutions in fields such as health, environment, research, education, transport, sustainable energy and more. The programme also offers opportunities for regional and local public authorities across Europe to share ideas and experience on public policy in practice, therefore improving strategies for their citizens and communities.

What does it support?

Interreg Europe focusses on four main funding priorities:

  • Research, technological development and innovation
  • Competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Low carbon economy
  • Environment and resource efficiency

Who can apply?

Interreg Europe funding supports the following types of beneficiaries:

  • Public authorities – local, regional and national
  • Managing authorities/intermediate bodies
  • Agencies, research institutes, thematic and non-profit organisations


A total of €10,1 billion over 7 years.

Project Examples

National Contact Point in Ireland

North & West
Northern & Western Regional Assembly

Southern Regional Assembly
Phone: +353 (0) 51 860700

Open Calls

Find open calls for Interreg Europe.

We expect to see the first open calls after the programme’s approval in early 2022.

Interreg Europpe supports over 75 cross-border, transnational and interregional programmes. Ireland is eligible to participate in a total of six programmes. These programmes are:

Cross Border:

  • Ireland/Northern Ireland/Scotland Programme
  • Ireland/Wales Programme


  • Atlantic Area Programme
  • Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA)
  • North West Europe Programme


  • Interreg EUROPE Programme (EU 28 MS)

The programmes are expected to be approved in early 2022. As soon as Access Europe has details about the new programmes and open calls, we will update the information here.

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