Interregional and Cross-Border Cooperation
Interregional and Cross-Border Cooperation (ICBC) is a horizontal instrument supporting the elaboration and implementation of common multilateral projects and activities specifically designed to promote regional development and European integration policy in the CEI region and the dissemination of their results on sub-regional and local levels. It also aims at encouraging regional authorities of CEI Member States to develop cross-border cooperation, addressing common challenges in clustering modes, in line with relevant EU programmes and initiatives. Such activities aim at strengthening the ability of border regions and municipalities to engage in effective cooperation with their neighbours and partners and disseminating best practices and know-how by promoting the needs of the CEI Member States in the field of ICBC in various European organisations and institutions. In this context, activities in this area involve further cooperation with international organisations, especially the European Union.
The activities are carried out through joint operational programmes and projects on cross-border cooperation based on related situation studies and events in the regional context (e.g. conferences, workshops, seminars). Special attention is paid to promoting knowledge about practical forms of cooperation on local and regional level, such as Euroregions, with a projection of their impact on the development of decentralised cooperation in Europe.