The European Commission is to provide Community assistance of ECU 12.45 million for cross-border economic development in the Belgian and French areas of the Ardennes. The assistance is to be provided under the INTERREG Community programme which runs until the end of 1999 and concerns the Department of the Ardennes in France and the districts of Thuin (Province of Hainaut), Philippeville and Dinant (Province of Namur) and Neufchâteau and Virton (Province of Luxembourg) in Belgium. The newly adopted programme follows on from a first programme, adopted on 3 April 1992, which is now almost complete. Community assistance will: - Encourage and develop economic and social cross-border relations; - Consolidate and diversify training and research potential; - Improve the attractiveness of living conditions within the area; - Set up an international technical team to assist the launching and implementation of the measures adopted. The total cost of the programme will be around ECU 28 million, of which ECU 12.45 million will be provided by the EU's Structural Funds.