Post 2020

In May 2018, the European Commission presented proposal regulations laying down future legal framework of the Cohesion Policy in the financial perspective 2021-2027.  Proposed legislative package includes regulations relevant for European Territorial Cooperation programmes (“Interreg”) in next financial perspective.

At the beginning of December 2020, trialogue negotiations between European Commission, Council of the European Union and European Parliament was concluded as they reached political agreement on regulations for the Cohesion Policy in financial perspective 2021-2027, including the ones relevant for Interreg programmes.   

Regulations are expected to enter into force by May 2021 at the latest.

Eight thematic priorities used in 2014-2020 Interreg IPA programmes will be replaced by five policy objectives (POs) for ERDF:

  • A more competitive and smarter Europe – innovative and smart economic transformation and regional ICT connectivity (PO1);
  • A greener, low-carbon Europe – a net zero carbon economy and resilient Europe by promoting clean and fair energy transition, green and blue investment, the circular economy, climate change mitigation and adaptation and risk prevention and management and sustainable urban mobility (PO 2);
  • A more connected Europe – enhancing mobility (PO 3);
  • A more social and inclusive Europe – implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights (PO 4);
  • Europe closer to citizens – sustainable and integrated development of all types of territories and local initiatives (PO 5).

Also, two Interreg-specific objectives will be supported in the financial period 2021-2027:

  • better cooperation governance;
  • a safer and more secure Europe.

Total amount of funds expected to be allocated to Croatia for cross-border cooperation programmes in financial period 2021-2027 is 169 million EUR.

For more information about the future legal framework and the budget of Cohesion Policy please visit the official website of the European Commission.

Programming Task Force

The Programming Task Force is set up to discuss the future or the Interreg IPA CBC Programme Croatia-Serbia in the 2021-2027 period.

Each country has appointed representatives to participate in the programming process. Representatives of the Managing Authority and Joint Secretariat, as well as representatives of the European Commission, have observer/advisory roles.

The Programming Task Force will manage tasks concerning preparing public consultations, development of territorial and socioeconomic analyses of the Programme area, discussing policy objectives, stimulating cross-border dialogues with stakeholders and all other tasks related to the preparation of the Programme.

Programming overview:

1st Programming Task Force, Zagreb, 17 December 2019

2nd Programming Task Force, Novi Sad, 27 February 2020

3rd Programming Task Force, virtual,  26 November 2020

4th Programming Task Force, virtual, 31 March 2021

Territorial and socio-economic analysis

As one of the starting points for the preparation of the new Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Croatia-Serbia 2021-2027, the Managing Authority coordinates the preparation of the territorial and socio-economic analysis of the programme area. The analysis will ensure better understanding of the needs and challenges to be financed by the new Programme.

In this process, external experts selected to prepare the territorial and socio-economic analysis prepared a short questionnaire. In addition to being distributed widely among relevant stakeholders in the programme area, the Managing Authority and National Authorities kindly ask all stakeholders interested in helping us to design new Interreg Programme to take 10 minutes of their time and to fill in the questionnaire at the following link:

Territorial and socio-economic analysis questionnaire

The link to questionnaire will be available until 31 December 2020.

For any technical and contextual questions, please feel free to contact us directly by email: or telephone 00385/(1) 6468-943.

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