The European Commission today approved four new Interreg programmes involving 10 Member States, Ukraine, and Moldova for an amount of €533 million in 2021-2027. This EU funding aims to foster cross-border and transnational cooperation, boost the green transition and support healthcare and education.
A total of €215 million will go to the Interreg Danube Region Programme (which includes both Moldova and Ukraine) that supports green investments to increase the use of renewable energies, improve water management, and preserve biodiversity with ecological corridors.
Another €187 million will be disbursed for cross-border cooperation between Poland and Ukraine for nature preservation, health care and border management within the Interreg NEXT Poland-Ukraine programme.
The Interreg NEXT Romania-Ukraine programme will receive €54 million mainly to invest in inclusive education (e.g., infrastructure, educational plans, partnerships between institutions) and quality health care (e.g., establishment and modernisation of emergency services and mobile screening facilities). Investments in climate change adaptation, and protection of nature and biodiversity will address common problems such as forest fires, soil erosion, landslides, drought and floods that damage agricultural lands. The programme will also support the large network of natural parks and reservations.
The Interreg NEXT Romania-Moldova programme will invest allocated €77 million in natural disaster risk prevention and resilience, better education (e.g., construction or modernisation of schools and universities, upgrade of digital equipment), health care (new high-end medical equipment), nature preservation, tourism and culture.
Some of these funds have been reallocated from cross-border cooperation programmes with Russia and Belarus.
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