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Macro-regional strategies

An EU macro-regional strategy is an integrated political framework to address common challenges faced by a defined geographical area, such as the Alpine region. As a governance tool it provides a strategic direction for the development of the region and helps to coordinate the manifold initiatives and players that work on solutions for the identified challenges.

Member States and third countries located in the macro-region benefit from strengthened cooperation towards economic, social and territorial cohesion. Macro-regional strategies do not rely on any additional EU funding. One of the challenges of the involved states and regions is thus to align existing resources with the aims of their strategy. In other words, macro-regional strategies can help find ways to better use existing resources, legislation and structures for the benefit of the whole region.

Four EU macro-regional strategies have been adopted so far, covering the Baltic region, the Danube region, the Adriatic-Ionian region and the Alpine region. They have been endorsed by the European Council and may be supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds among others.

More information on the macro-regional strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) and the links to the programme is available here.

What is the difference between macro-regional strategies and Interreg transnational programmes?