Key documents

Please find below the most essential papers and documents which are part of the basis for the programme development. 

Orientation paper 

The orientation paper for the North Sea Region Programme was published by the European Commission in November 2019, setting out the Commission's visions for our future programme.

See the orientation paper

State of play report 

The report outlines the current state of play, including achievements made, experience gained and lessons learned from the current programme. The report was developed by the Joint Secretariat and published in February 2020.

Download the report

Scoping Study

The secretariat commissioned an independent scoping study including an analysis of relevant EU, national and regional policies and strategies. The study was carried out by Reeleaf and also synthesises and visualises regional socioeconomic and development data. 

Download the scoping study

Download scoping study annex

Results of public consultation

The public consultation was carried out between 10 July and 30 August 2020 and provided 391 responses including a wealth of ideas and suggestions for the new programme. The outcomes are compiled and summarised in a report.

Download the consultation report