Alpine Space programme 2021+: Preparations for the next programme period

Since 2000, the Interreg Alpine Space programme contributes to a better quality of life in the Alps. The programme has co-financed projects to make the region more innovative, develop low carbon solutions, valorise the cultural and natural heritage, and improve transnational governance. Have a look at what the Alpine Space projects delivered in 2014-2020 in our project output library!

More stories of successful Alpine cooperations are to come... We are currently preparing the Interreg Alpine Space programme 2021-2027!

The programming process officially started in spring 2019. The programme established a task force consisting of delegates from all Partner States as well as observers from the European Commission, the Alpine Convention and EUSALP. The programming process builds on the EU regulatory framework and in particular EC regulations. You can find relevant documents on the future of cohesion policy on our dedicated page.

It draws lessons from the study on the programme impact as well as previous evaluations on its efficiency and effectiveness.

The drafting of the cooperation programme as well as the accompanying strategic environmental assessment (SEA) are supported by external experts. A number of opportunities for our partners, stakeholders and interested parties to have their say are also offered throughout this process: find out more below.

The official kick-off event of the programming period 2021-2027 is planned on 22-23 November in Salzburg. It will also be the occasion to give a look back and promote the achievements of the 64 projects co-financed by the Interreg Alpine Space programme in 2014-2020. More information will soon be made available on this event.

Final draft IP - Interreg Alpine Space programme 2021-2027

After intensive and fruitful work on drafting the new cooperation programme, we are glad to share the final draft IP of the Alpine Space programme 2021-2027

Please note that the IP is not yet approved by the European Commission and be aware that contents of the programme document may change substantially following negotiations of the partner states with the European Commission, and that the formally established Programme committee might take other decisions than the provisional one.

Want to get involved?

The programming process relies on the input of stakeholders, such as (potential) project partners, policy makers and main Alpine players (esp. EUSALP, Alpine Convention). It therefore foresees a number of formal and informal opportunities to voice opinions and give input on the design of the Alpine Space programme 2021-2027.



Transnational event
29 November 2019: Towards an inspiring Alpine Space programme 2021-2027 - workshop at the EUSALP annual Forum in Milan, Italy. You can find here the presentation given by our experts as a start to the workshop. The results of the discussions have been analysed and presented to the task force to feed the ongoing programming process.

National events
A series of 9 stakeholder workshops were planned to take place in the Alpine countries between the end of March and May 2020. Due to the measures taken to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, their organisation as physical meetings had to be cancelled and were replaced by online consultations.

Online consultations
As an alternative to in-person meetings, we have launched national online consultations. Partner States have invited stakeholders and partners in their country to contribute to the design of the Alpine Space programme 2021-2027. The consultation is now closed and gathered more than 330 inputs and comments. We thank all respondents for their valuable feedback! You can consult here the statistical results of this consultation.

Another online consultation, open to a wider public, took place between July and September 2020 on the draft cooperation programme and its expected environmental impacts for the next programming period. You can consult the statistical results of this consultation here.

Focus group and surveys on programme procedures
On 17 September 2019, a focus group took place in Munich to discuss core programme procedures and looking to future project types and implementation mechanisms. Have a glimpse at the photo proceedings.

A wider consultation was launched on 17 October 2019. A survey was addressed to all project partners from the current programme period. 100 contributions were received. Have a look at the outcome here.

Mid-May 2020, first level controllers were consulted on controlling procedures through an online survey, that gathered 60 valuable contributions. Results of this survey are available here.

Focus group on the draft Interreg Alpine Space 2021-2027

On 18 March 2021, a group of selected beneficiaries gathered for a discussion about future project formats, thematic communities and partnerships.

Connect @lpine Space 2021+ events: Towards a more sustainable, resilient and innovative Alpine Space 2021-2027

On 5 May, 10 May and 12 May 2021, three 2-hour interactive online events took place. The events included inspiring key notes and panel discussions, networking opportunities and first-hand information on the Interreg Alpine Space 2021-2027. Each event covered a topic of the next programming period 2021-2027. Click here to check out the proceedings.

UPCOMING: Kick-off event on 22 and 23 November 2021 in Salzburg

On 22 and 23 November the kick-off event of the new Alpine Space Programme will be taking place in Salzburg. Stay tuned!  

Task Force 2021+

The task force (TF) is responsible for the drafting of the cooperation programme 2021-2027. It is chaired by the chair of the programme committee (2021: Switzerland).

6-7 July 2021: TF meeting no. 19
14 June 2021: TF meeting no.18
18 May 2021: TF meeting no.17
27-28 April 2021: TF meeting no.16
22 March 2021: TF meeting no.15
23-24 February 2021: TF meeting no.14
2-3 February 2021: TF meeting no.13
14 December 2020: TF meeting no.12
16 November 2020: TF meeting no.11
6-7 October 2020: TF meeting no.10
8 September 2020: TF meeting no. 9
23-24 June 2020: TF meeting no. 8
14 May 2020: TF meeting no. 7

18 March 2020: TF meeting no. 6
28 January 2020: TF meeting no. 5, Vienna/AT

19-20 November 2019:  TF meeting no. 4, Munich/DE
24 September 2019: TF meeting no. 3, Vienna/AT
​24 June 2019: TF meeting no. 2, Vienna/AT
14-15 May 2019: TF 2021+ kick-off meeting, Salzburg/AT

External experts contracted
Experts have been contracted to support the drafting of the cooperation programme (CP) and the accompanying strategic environmental assessment (SEA).

CP drafting: Rosinak & Partner / ÖIR
SEA: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)