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EUR 40 million
To contribute towards economic and social cohesion by supporting cooperation networks between regions and cities undertaking joint economic projects.


Under Article 10 of the Regulation governing the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (2083/93 Official Journal No L 193 of 31.7.1993), the ERDF provides support for innovative actions in regional development through a number of pilot schemes. These innovative measures aim at developing new ways of introducing innovation and technology transfer in the regional agenda through demonstration projects.

The pilot project "Internal inter-regional cooperation", also known as RECITE II, is one of the eight priority areas identified for support under Article 10 for the period 1995-1999. The others concern:

- External inter-regional cooperation;
- Cooperation in the Information Society;
- Cooperation in innovation and technology transfer;
- Cooperation in new sources of jobs;
- Economic development in the field of culture;
- Pilot projects in spatial planning;
- Urban pilot projects.

Continuing the inter-regional cooperation actions successfully launched during the 1990-1994 programming period, RECITE II aims at:

- Reinforcing economic and social cohesion through the participation of local actors form disadvantages regions in future or existing cooperation networks;
- Facilitating the acquisition of know-how by local actors and development agents;
- Creating centres of excellence which can play a role throughout the European Union's regions;
- Developing a sense of European identity in local authorities.


Support for measures aimed at :

- Developing specific local potential, particularly for the creation of permanent jobs;

- Improving access to the European market for SMEs in the areas concerned, particularly through appropriate techniques for cooperation between firms;

- Improving the supply of services to SMEs which encourage them to innovate;

- Establishing and developing resource centres to enhance the value of work and improve the economic integration of women;

- Preserving and improving the environment with a view to sustainable development, by promoting renewable sources of energy and energy saving and introducing - in particularly exposed areas - new methods and techniques to prevent the degradation of the environment, whether occurring naturally or resulting from an external cause, perhaps in conjunction with schemes to develop tourist and cultural assets.


The pilot project "Internal inter-regional cooperation" is implemented by DG XVI of the European Commission within the framework of Article 10 of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Regulation.

Activities are carried out through cooperation projects within networks which are selected following calls for proposals published in the Official Journal of the European Communities.

Proposals for project proposals should be submitted by between three and seven partners from at least three different EU Member States, at least one third of whom should have Objective 1 (regions whose development is lagging behind) or Objective 6 (sparsely inhabited regions) status.

The lead partner in the consortium may be a regional or local authority or a body set up under public, semi-public or private law. Other partners may be regional or local authorities in the European Union, development agencies, chambers of commerce, other bodies undertaking work of public interest or those engaged in economic and/or social life. Priority is, however, accorded to projects undertaken by local authorities in close cooperation with those engaged in the economic and/or social life of each of the areas concerned (see "Subdivisions" section of this record).

Community financial support for selected projects, which must be completed within 2-3 years towards the cost of each project is in the range of ECU 1 to ECU 3 million, with the Community contribution covering up to 75% of eligible expenditure for Objective 1 and 6 regions and up to 50% elsewhere.
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