This portal is developed by the European Interreg IVB projects Recap and Health Cluster Europe and has been made possible by the INTERREG IVB NWE programme with 50% ERDF financing.

In brief
INTERREG North-West Europe (NWE) is a Programme of the European Union to promote the economic, environmental, social and territorial future of the North-West Europe area. It invests EUR 355 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in activities based on the cooperation of organisations from eight countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

INTERREG NWE method: Transnational Cooperation
Transnational cooperation is the core of the INTERREG IVB Programme. It allows partners from different countries to work together on mutually beneficial projects to tackle issues that go beyond national borders. It produces transferable working models, and speeds up the process of innovation through the sharing of knowledge and development costs. The collective benefits of such collaboration are invaluable; participating organisations acquire new skills, initiate effective working methods and increase their connections to European network.

The reasons for going transnational

Benefits to the NWE area

  • Investment decisions based on sound European territorial development analysis
  • Maximization of territorial assets which facilitates economic development

Benefits to projects

  • Reduction of development costs and efficient use of time
  • Maximum use of available expertise through the transfer of good practice
  • Development of a model which is transferable across different countries
  • European dimension attracts media attention

Benefits to partner organisations

  • Capacity building, both for the organisation and for the personnel
  • Access to European networks and markets
  • Awareness of policy developments across Europe
  • A European profile, particularly beneficial for attracting talented professionals