The European Territorial Cooperation Programmes 2007-2013 aim at encouraging cooperation in Europe as well as exchanging knowledge and best practices across Member States and regions. These programmes are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Cohesion Policy 2007-2013.
Malta's Participation in Territorial Cooperation Programmes
Under the 2007-2013, Malta programming period, Malta is participating in the following Territorial Cooperation Programmes :
The Italia-Malta Programme:
a Cross-border Cooperation Programme which encourages socio-economic and cultural cooperation across the maritime border between Malta and Sicily.
The Med Programme:
a Transnational Cooperation Programme which promotes cooperation between Mediterranean regions in nine EU Member States, namely: Cyprus, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, UK (Gibraltar), Slovenia, as well as two EU Candidate Countries, Croatia and Montenegro. Albania and Bosnia Herzegovina may also participate in this programme as potential Candidate Countries. This programme focuses on strengthening competitiveness while encouraging sustainable growth, employment, territorial cohesion and the protection of the environment.
The Interreg IVC Programme:
an Interregional Programme which encourages Member States and regions to exchange and transfer knowledge and good practices. All EU Member States are eligible to participate under this Programme, together with regional and local public authorities in two non-Member States, namely Switzerland and Norway. The Programme focuses on two main priorities, i.e. Innovation and Knowledge Economy as well as the Environment and Risk Prevention. These priorities contribute towards the EU’s Lisbon and Gothenburg Strategies which encourage sustainable growth and jobs.
The Interact II Programme:
which provides practical support, training and advice to European Territorial Cooperation programmes on management techniques, financial issues, European regulations, communication, strategic orientation and policy development.
Malta is also participating in the ENPI CBC MED Programme, which is a multilateral Cross-Border Cooperation Programme funded under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument. The aim of this Programme is to reinforce cooperation between the European Union and partner countries along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Fourteen particpating countries, which represent approx.110 million people, are eligible under this Programme. These are the follwing: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestinian Authority, Portugal, Spain, Syria and Tunisia.