Alpine Space

The Alpine Space 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 Alpine region. Swiss institutions are encouraged to participate in this programme. 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, the Alpine Space comprises Austria, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and parts of Germany, France and Italy. A Joint Secretariat (JS), based in Munich, 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:

  • «Innovative Alpine Space»: aiming at business, social and governance innovation
  • «Low-carbon Alpine Space»: aiming at a low emissions, efficient and sustainable society; mobility and transport solutions
  • «Liveable Alpine Space»: aiming at the sustainable utilization of the natural and cultural heritage and the protection of the Alpine space ecosystems
  • «Well-governed Alpine Space»: aiming at enhancing multilevel and transnational governance in the Alpine space.

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. Swiss partners may take the administrative lead in these projects. 

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) annual project calls are planned. They take place on the website of the program.

Further information on former projects with Swiss participation can be found in the brochure «Transnationale Programme INTERREG B und URBACT, Programmphase 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 are of 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.