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Interreg POCTEFA

POCTEFA 2014-2020 is the acronym of the INTERREG V-A Spain-France-Andorra Programme. It is a European programme of territorial cooperation created to promote the sustainable development of the border territory between the three countries. 

POCTEFA 2014-2020 is the fifth generation of Community financial support aimed at strengthening the economic and social integration of this area. POCTEFA co-finances cross-border cooperation projects designed and managed by actors on both sides of the Pyrenees and coastal areas participating in the Programme, while preserving the intelligent, sustainable and inclusive development of the territory.

The programme promotes the sustainable development of the border territory of Spain, France and Andorra through cross-border cooperation. It helps to diminish the differences in the development of the territory and to join forces to achieve a sustainable development of the region and the cohesion of the regions that form it. In short, the programme, thanks to European funds, helps to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of the area.

POCTEFA 2014-2020 is organized in calls for projects. Throughout each one of them, the actors of the territory interested in developing cross-border projects that fall within the cooperation area must submit their applications to the Programme. Once submitted, the Programme managers choose the projects that meet the demands of the territory and the criteria for submission of proposals. These projects will then be programmed and may receive ERDF co-financing.

POCTEFA 2014-2020 is part of the European Union's regional policy which, through investment, supports job creation, competitiveness, economic growth, improved quality of life and sustainable development. These investments contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy. One of the instruments through which these policies are implemented is the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This Fund invests in the territory through different tools. One of them is the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), also known as Interreg.

Interreg was created in 1990 to co-finance cross-border cooperation projects. Over the years it has also become an instrument for financing transnational and interregional cooperation programmes.

Thanks to INTERREG POCTEFA, Asociación Mundus is part of the GOPY project of cross-border mobility and of the TRAMPOLINE network that works for the dissemination of opportunities for young people on both sides of the Pyrenees.