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North Sea Region

Economic power on the coast: transnational projects in the North Sea Region play an important role in helping Europe grow together. The project partners jointly work on topics concerning lack of qualified personnel or closing value creation chains and contribute to intensifying the economic growth. Transnational cooperations increase the innovation capacity of enterprises and institutions and support a sustainable development of the environment.

Eligible transnational cooperation areas 2014-2020 - North Sea Region

German federal states involved

Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein

Economic centre on the coast

The North Sea Region goes from the desert islands and fjords in the far North to the densely populated cities and research centres in the heart of Europe: It covers Denmark and Norway and the coastal regions of Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Great Britain and the Netherlands. The North Sea Region distinguishes itself by its economic power, good infrastructure, a highly qualified workforce and an efficient management of environmental risks. These advantages are to be strengthened under the innovation priority axis. Protecting the sea and the coast is also an important topic. Sustainable transport plays an significant role as the North Sea Region with its ports is the most important logistical hub in the EU.

Themes of cooperation

The North Sea Region Programme supports projects concerning the following four priority axes:

Economic growth

  • Developing knowledge partnerships
  • Enhancing innovation support capacity and supporting smart specialization strategies
  • Generating innovative solutions for improving public service delivery

Green economy

  • Promoting greening of the economy
  • Reducing the environmental footprint

Climate change and environmental protection

  • Improved methods for improving the climate resilience of target sites
  • Sustainable management of ecosystems

Green transport and mobility

  • Moving freight transport
  • Green regional freight and personal transport

Budget and funding

  • North Sea Region (2014 - 2020): 328.7 million euros
  • Funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF): 167.3 million euros
  • EU cofinancing rate: up to 50%
  • Total project funds: 3.5 million euros
  • Eligible for funding: staff costs, organisation and travel costs, external expertise costs, equipment expenditure, investments (limited)

How to become a project partner

Under the North Sea Region Programme, at least two partners from at least two different countries join within a project for usually about three years. A project normally involves ten to 15 partners (institutions). A lead partner assumes the overall control of a project. The programme addresses public and private stakeholders.

The following partners are eligible for funding under the North Sea Region Programme:

  • Public authorities (natinonal, regional, local authorities)
  • (Public) Service providers
  • Research institutes and universities
  • Chambers and associations
  • Business support organisations
  • Enterprises
  • Non-governmental organisations

Additional Information


Jens Kurnol
Division I 3 - European Spatial and Urban Development

Phone:  +49 228 99401-2304


Maike Horn
National Contact Point Interreg Nordseeprogramm 2014-2020
Senat der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg
Senatskanzlei – Staatsamt
Hermannstraße 15
20095 Hamburg

Phone:  +49 40.428.31-1477
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