The European borderlands form the links in the EU. Cross-border collaboration reduces the importance of national borders in Europe. To support cross-border collaboration, the EU created the INTERREG subsidy program.
Financial support for cross-border projects
An amount of approximately 440 million euro has been reserved for the Dutch-German borderland for 2014-2020. The goals to be achieved with these resources are outlined in the INTERREG Germany-Netherlands collaboration program.
The program’s most important goals are increasing the borderland’s innovation potential and reducing the border’s barrier effect.
Project requests can be submitted as a public or private legal entity, organisation, or company. Only projects in which Dutch and German partners work together will be subsidised. Project financing always consists of a contribution from the partners, EU subsidy funds (usually up to 50%), and often supplemented by national and regional subsidy funds as well (from ministries or provinces, for example).
If you have an idea for a project, are looking for a project partner or need help with the financing, please contact one of the INTERREG program management experts at the Rhine-Waal Euroregion.
For extensive and up to date information, please visit the INTERREG Germany-Netherlands Program website.
You can find more information here about ongoing projects in the INTERREG programme.
In addition, the program also has a numbor of so-called "open projects", which offer low-treshold subsidies for SMEs:
Regional Skills Lab (agricultural sector)
KISS ME (inventory project of four European border regions).