Cooperation Alps 2020+

Shaping the challenge of funding together: How to finance EUSALP projects after 2020?
09:00 - 10:45
Please note: The number of participants of the workshops is limited!
Language: English

Organised by the European Commission, DG REGIO and DG ENV

Objective of the workshop

Most of the actions arising from the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) require funding! However, access to available funds is not always easy. This is challenging as it limits the effectiveness of EUSALP and deprives the funding instruments from valuable projects with big impact.

EUSALP is the overarching strategic frame for the Alpine Region. Taking into consideration that EUSALP has been supported by the highest political level and that funds are generally available, practical and relatively simple solutions should be developed to facilitate accessing these funds. Therefore, the objective of the workshop is to discuss available funding sources and mechanisms for EUSALP projects by facilitating the alignment of both  at the same time.

These funds can be provided by the EU, Member States, Regional and local authorities as well as by private banks or investors. However, as 2019 will be the time to prepare the 2021-2027 programming period under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the workshop will mainly focus on ERDF and Interreg. As one illustrative example, it will address the challenge on how to finance projects in the field of environment and provide an outlook on other possible funding tools.

The conference “Cooperation Alps 2020+” which took place in Salzburg on 1 and 2 October has been an important step to prepare the Alpine Region for the post2020 period. Conclusions of this conference shall be the starting point of this workshop’s discussions. Regarding the ERDF, awareness of the need to align the funds to macro-regional strategies has grown in recent years and the Commission has made very concrete proposals: macro-regional strategies are recognised as being a key instrument for territorial development. ERDF programmes will therefore have to describe ways how funds will be used to support cooperation projects. The Alpine Space programme will be 100% aligned to the priorities of EUSALP.

This workshop is an attempt to provide practical answers on how to translate embedding into practice. It deals with the question on how to link up EUSALP with the available funding sources and shall cover aspects such as coordination of the planning and implementation, capacity building, type of projects that could contribute to a macro-regional strategy, as well as selection criteria.

Moderator: Walter Deffaa, Special Advisor, Cabinet of Commissioner Corina Crețu, European Commission

- Olivier Baudelet, Programme Manager, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
- Giacomo Luciani, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission
- Christina Bauer, Head of the Managing Authority, Alpine Space Programme
- Carolina Lehner, EU Project Manager (EuroAccess), EuroVienna

Rapporteur: Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission



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