Public consultation: have your say on the new Interreg ‘NEXT MED’ transnational cooperation programme


The Managing Authority is pleased to announce that it has launched a public consultation on the Interreg ‘NEXT MED’ transnational cooperation programme document. This consultation is carried out consistently with article 8 of the Common Provisions Regulation (EU 2021/1060) and with article 8 of the European code of conduct on partnership in the framework of the European Structural and Investment Funds (EU 240/2014).

The answers and comments collected in the framework of the consultation will help consolidate the final version of the Interreg NEXT MED programme before it is submitted for approval to the European Commission. The text of the programme, developed over the last two years, was recently agreed upon by the national representatives of the 15 participating countries, namely Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Jordan, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey

Building on the experience and results of the ENPI (2007-2013) and ENI (2014-2020) cross-border cooperation (CBC) Med programmes, NEXT MED will continue supporting Euro-Mediterranean cooperation for the period 2021-2027 under the framework of the European Union’s Cohesion Policy and its specific ‘Interreg’ instrument which supports European Territorial Cooperation across regions and countries. NEXT MED is implemented under strand B ‘Transnational cooperation’ of the external dimension of Interreg, allowing for cooperation over larger transnational territories or around sea basins between EU Member States and Southern Neighbourhood partner countries

As compared to the two previous programming periods, Interreg NEXT MED expands its territorial and financial dimension to cover 15 countries with an increased budget of €244 million coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) and the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).

Interreg NEXT MED aims to contribute to smart, sustainable, fair development for all across the Mediterranean basin by supporting balanced, long-lasting, far-reaching cooperation and multilevel governance. The programme mission is to finance cooperation projects that address joint socio-economic, environmental and governance challenges needs at Mediterranean level such as the uptake of advanced technologies, competitiveness of SMEs and job creation, energy efficiency, sustainable water management, climate change adaptation, transition to a circular and resource efficient economy, education and training, health care, etc. 

Before participating to the consultation, it is recommended to consult the Interreg NEXT MED programme document (available in English) and the summary also available in Arabic and French. 

The deadline of the consultation is 31 of May 2022.

Please follow this link to participate in the consultation through a short survey. We thank you in advance for your valuable contribution.