The European Commission has approved support of ECU 24.6 million, under the INTERREG II programme, for cross-frontier cooperation in the Upper Rhine region (Germany/France/Switzerland). Proposed by Commissioner Monika Wulf-Mathias, the purpose of the programme is to promote cross-frontier cooperation in the Upper Rhine region. Out of the total eligible costs of the programme (ECU 49.9 million), ECU 22.9 million will be contributed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), ECU 1.2 million by the European Social Fund (ESF) and ECU 0.5 million by the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF). The programme identifies the following priorities: - Improvement of facilities for cross-frontier cooperation (9.9% of the total allocation for the programme); - Spatial planning, environment and rural development (17.7%); - Business promotion, vocational training and transport (35.9%); - R&D, telecommunications (10%); - Health and education, culture (24.6%); - Technical assistance (1.9%). The programme builds on the experience gained with INTERREG I and is based on cross-frontier facilities which were established back in the 1970s. In addition to cooperation in the areas of business, transport and environment, which also played a significant role in INTERREG I, the new programme also covers vocational training, the health system and cultural exchange.