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North-West Europe (NWE)

Europe's power plant: Many of the economically strongest regions in Europe are situated in North-West Europe, which is said to be extremely dynamic. With its many metropolises, large cities and medium-sized towns in a rather small area and with 240 million inhabitants, it is the most urban and densely populated Interreg programme area. The programme provides the adequate framework to develop many really innovative project ideas and to deliver concrete new project results.

Eligible transnational cooperation areas 2014-2020 - North-West Europe

German regions involved

North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Hesse, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria (administrative regions of Upper, Central, Lower Franconia and Swabia).

Dynamic and urban

Many of the economically strongest European regions are situated in North-West Europe (NWE). With many metropolitan regions, large cities and medium-sized towns, it is the most urban and densely populated Interreg programme area. It covers Great Britain, Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and parts of France, the Netherlands and Germany. The area’s urbanised structure and its growth, which is above the EU-average, are both benefit and challenge: Air and water pollution, the traffic load but also social and demographic trends require innovative approaches and solutions.

Themes of cooperation

The North-West Europe Programme supports projects concerning the following three priority axes:


Enhancing innovation performance (innovative enterprises and regions, social innovations)

Low carbon

  • Facilitating the implementation of low-carbon, energy and climate protection strategies
  • Facilitating the uptake of low carbon technologies, products, processes and services
  • Facilitating the implementation of transnational low-carbon solutions in transport systems

Resource and materials efficiency

Optimising (re)use of material and natural resources

Budget and funding

  • North-West Europe (2014 - 2020): 648.6 million euros
  • Funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF): 396 million euros
  • EU cofinancing rate for German partners: 60%
  • Average project funds (empirical value): 2 - 5 million euros
  • Eligible for funding: staff costs, organisation and travel costs, external expertise costs, equipment expenditure (limited)

How to become a project partner

Under the North-West Europe Programme, at least three partners from at least three member states (among them two NWE-based partners) join within a project for three and a half years on average. 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-West Europe 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


Sina Redlich
Division SU 3 - European Spatial and Urban Development

Phone:  +49 228 99401-2336


Kerstin Buttlar und Elisabeth Wauschkuhn
INTERREG NWE-Kontaktstelle
Ministerium des Innern und für Sport
Schillerplatz 3-5
55116 Mainz

Phone:  +49 6131 16-3162/-3164
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