The Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy within the European Commission (DG REGIO) and the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MDRAP) organised, on 22-23 May 2019, the Annual Meeting of the INTERREG programmes, at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, in the context of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The meeting was an opportunity to evaluate the implementation stage of the 2014-2020 INTERREG Programmes and to discuss important thematic aspects related to the future of the Cohesion Policy and post-2020 territorial cooperation with the Managing Authorities and the Common Secretariats.
The meeting gathered over 380 participants and started with a presentation of the future of the Cohesion Policy and the INTERREG programmes by the representatives of the European Commission, and the first day continued with three workshops on topics covering cross-border cooperation both at the internal and the external borders of the European Union and the territorial approach of future INTERREG programmes.
Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration and coordinator of programmes funded by the EU and managed by MDRAP, Iuliana-Camelia Coporan, underscored that the territorial dimension of cohesion is a way of transforming diversity into a value that helps the sustainable development of the Community project: “Promoting an improved convergence throughout the European Union should continue to be a priority goal, as the basis for advancing all European Policies, including the European territorial cooperation goal.”
For the last part of the meeting, the European Commission representatives presented the implementation status of the 2014-2020 INTEREG Programmes, the challenges for the next programming period, as well as examples of good practice in communicating and capitalising on achievements of projects funded by European funds.
The participants also visited three successful projects in Romania, funded with European funds, in Giurgiu and Bucharest (Project “Jerome” – the Romanian-Bulgarian Cross Border Cooperation Programme, Project “Danube Stream” – the Danube Transnational Programme, the “NMP-REG” Project – the INTEREG Europe Programme).
“Unity and cohesion are essential prerequisites for shaping the future of the European Union and for consolidating citizens’ trust in the European Project. The value of cohesion is highlighted by its double quality of common European value and of expression of development and solidarity among its member states, regions and citizens,” said Secretary of State of the MDRAP Virgil-Alin Chirilă, as coordinator of events for the Romanian Presidency of the European Council at ministerial level.