North-West Europe (NWE) programme

The North-West Europe (NWE) programme is one of the two Interreg B programmes in which Switzerland is participating.

The aim of this programme is to strengthen the transnational cooperation in the region of North-West Europe. The project partners can benefit from the exchange of experience in a wide network, they can build partnerships and develop approaches to solutions for their own region and branch of industry.

In addition to Switzerland, «North-West Europe» comprises Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the UK and large parts of Germany and France. A Joint Secretariat (JS), based in Lille, handles the operational side of the programme.

Thematic priorities of programme period V (2014–2020)

In the current programme period, projects should concentrate on one of the following thematic fields:

  • Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
  • Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors
  • Protecting the environment and promoting energy efficiency

Participation in Interreg projects

Participation in Interreg projects is open to institutions of all kinds: Local authorities, cantonal and federal agencies, research institutes (ETH, universities, colleges), associations, etc. Project ideas as well as the exact procedure of participation can be discussed directly with the responsible person.

During the programme period V (2014–2020) project calls are planned regularly. They take place on the website of the programme.

Further information on former projects with Swiss participation can be found in the brochure «Transnationale Programmeme INTERREG B und URBACT, Programmemphase 2007–2013» (not available in English) and in the project database of regiosuisse.

Which projects qualify for financial support?

  • Switzerland is participating in this programme in the framework of the New Regional Policy (NRP). Projects are granted financial support if they contribute to the consolidation of competitiveness, increase the value creation in the regions or have a national strategic importance.
  • The financing in the framework of the NRP is never higher than the one coming from cantons and municipalities. Third party funds are eligible.
  • Projects that are focusing on one of the programme's priorities but not on the aims of the NRP are possible, however, without funding through the NRP.