Interreg talks

What do European politicians and experts think of Interreg?

We asked MEP Morten Helveg Petersen and environmental department manager Rolf Johnsen to voice their opinions.

Below, you will also find messages from MEPs in the REGI Committee and representatives of the Committee of the Regions, in videos produced by our sister Interreg programmes across Europe.  

Morten Helveg Petersen, MEP, Vice Chair of the ITRE Commitee   

Member of the European Parliament and Vice Chair of the ITRE Committee, Morten Helveg Petersen, explains why Interreg cooperation in the North Sea is a key tool to meet the EU Green Deal:

Rolf Johnsen, Region Midtjylland, Denmark

"Without Interreg, we would not have worked so strongly together across national borders." Region Midtjylland is the lead partner of the North Sea Region project TOPSOIL, which addresses groundwater management in the face of climate change.


Isabelle Boudineau, President COTER Committee, Nouvelle Aquitaine

#Interreg is a tool we are very much attached to as it has shown its effectiveness and allows us to carry out projects, which would not be developed otherwise."


Zdeněk Hřib, COTER Committee, Mayor of Prague

"The next programme period will be tough for everyone, but we are in it together." 

Agnès Rampal, COTER Member, Provence-Alpes-Côte D’Azur

"We must all work together. It is not an option, it’s not a choice. It’s a necessity."


Niklas Nienaß, Germany, MEP, REGI Committee

"We need to re-think how we tackle crises and think of more cooperation rather than nationalising issues"