The European Commission has agreed a series of 14 programmes, with Member States, to be supported under the Community Initiative INTERREG II C for transnational cooperation in the field of spatial planning. The spatial planning strand (Strand C) of the INTERREG Initiative was introduced in July 1996, and will have total funding of ECU 412.84 million. Strand C differs from Strand A (cross-border cooperation) in that it covers larger geographical areas and focuses specifically on spatial planning. It aims to create a shared framework for transnational cooperation, involving local, regional and national authorities, in particular to tackle water management problems associated with floods and droughts. The 14 programmes, which will be formally approved later in 1997, are as follows: - Transnational cooperation in general (ECU 120 million): . Mediterranean and Italian/French Alps; . South-West Europe; . Atlantic seaboard; . Metropolitan areas in the Centre and North-West; . North Sea region; . Baltic region; . Adriatic, Danube, Central and South-East Europe; - Prevention of flooding (ECU 148 million): . Rhine-Meuse; . France/Italy; . Greece/Bulgaria; - Prevention of droughts (ECU 114 million): . Portugal; . Spain; . Italy; . Greece.