On Thursday 1 July 2021, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on the cooperation programmes for adjacent regions financed through the European Territorial Cooperation programme (Interreg).
ABOUT THE TOPIC
Border regions often perform less well economically than other regions within Member States. The EU has put programmes in place to reduce disparities in wealth and development between its regions. One such programme is Interreg, which aims at helping border regions to fulfil their economic potential while fostering solidarity between citizens of different nations. Interreg’s total budget for the 2014-2020 programme period was €10.1 billion.
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The auditors assessed whether the Commission and the Member States had addressed the challenges of the cross-border regions in the internal borders cooperation programmes funded through Interreg effectively. The publication of this report will be useful in the implementation of the 2021-2027 period. It can also inform the co-legislators’ ongoing discussions about a potential mechanism to tackle legal and administrative obstacles in cross-border regions.
The report and press release will be published on the ECA website
eca.europa.eu in 23 EU languages on Thursday 1 July at 17:00 CET.
Embargoed copies can be requested at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For interviews or statements, interested journalists can also contact ECA press office.
The ECA member responsible for this report is Ladislav Balko.
The ECA’s special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.