Interregional cooperation

Interregional cooperation

The broadest form of cooperation is interregional cooperation, also known as INTERREG-C. This type of cooperation involves cooperation in a broad geographical sense, which is not limited only to the territory of the European Union, but also covers neighboring countries.

The goals of interregional programs are:

strengthening effectiveness

of cohesion policy implementation by promoting the exchange of experience between regions, programs and countries

improving the implementation

improving the implementation of European Territorial Cooperation programs and projects


promotion of development trends in the field of territorial cohesion with the help of studies, analyses, data collection and other measures

In the program period 2021–2027, Slovenia participates in four interregional programs:

Interreg Europe is an interregional cooperation program co-financed by the European Union, which aims to reduce differences in levels of development, growth and quality of life in European regions. The program runs from 2021 to 2027. With a €379 million budget, it helps local, regional and national governments across Europe develop and implement better policies. It promotes the exchange of good practices and policy learning between European regions in 29 countries – the EU27, Norway and Switzerland, thereby creating an environment and opportunities to address regional development issues.

ESPON is an EU-funded program that supports public authorities responsible for shaping territorial policies by providing quality expertise. The program links research to policy and provides territorial analyses, data and maps to support EU development policies – especially cohesion policy – ​​with facts and evidence. At the same time, it helps public authorities compare their region or city, identify new challenges and potentials, and formulate successful development policies for the future.

URBACT promotes comprehensive development and supports cities in implementing horizontal and vertical policy integration. Positive changes can be achieved when local authorities cooperate with different levels of governance (regional, national, EU) – vertical integration – and when challenges and problems are tackled holistically, taking into account environmental, economic and social aspects at the same time – horizontal integration. URBACT has developed a set of processes and tools within the URBACT method that encourages cities to rethink centralized governance structures and move to more inclusive and holistic models. The URBACT participatory approach recognizes that sustainable urban development is based on action strategies co-created and implemented by local residents.


Interreg is involved in more than 90 cooperation programs across Europe and with each cooperation project it contributes to a better Europe for its citizens and residents. Cooperation develops and builds on past experiences and innovates by finding new ways of working and identifying needs inside and outside Interreg.


All these projects and actions take place in a complex environment, with Interact acting as a facilitator, connector, guide and, when appropriate, an initiator of change.


By enabling collaboration to be implemented, identifying best practices and enabling knowledge sharing between those implementing collaboration, better management of collaboration can be established. By better managing cooperation, we help shape the future of Europe together.



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