As Referee for European Territorial Cooperation, Dr. von Haaren is responsible for the integration of the ETC in European regional policy and in the policy of Lower Saxony. This includes the strategic development and coordination of interregional Interreg funding programs and the representation of the country in international committees.
Interreg, or, as it is officially called, "European Territorial Cooperation" is part of the structural and investment policy of the European Union. For more than 20 years, it has supported cross-border cooperation between regions and cities that influence daily life, for example in transport, the labour market and environmental protection. Interreg is implemented in three main strands:
- Interreg A cross-border cooperation: further development of economic and social cooperation in neighboring border regions
- Interreg B transnational cooperation: cooperation between national, regional and local partners in transnational cooperation areas in order to increase the territorial integration of these areas
- Interreg Europe interregional cooperation: cooperation networks and exchange of experience to improve the effectiveness of existing instruments for regional development and cohesion.
In particular, networking and international knowledge exchange between companies, authorities and universities from European countries are funded in Interreg. The Lower Saxon Ministry for Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development organizes public information events and seminars for interested project partners. We support clients on content and administrative issues, in particular during the project generation and development process.