Welcome to Interreg Deutschland-Danmark
The programme Interreg Deutschland-Danmark promotes cross-border cooperation between Germany and Denmark.
Interreg aims at enhancing cross-border collaboration by funding German-Danish projects in four focused subject areas that are essential to the region. The programme is funded with 93,8 mio. € by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Behind Interreg Deutschland-Danmark stand 11 programme partners from Denmark and Germany – two Danish regions and nine German districts and cities from Schleswig-Holstein. In total, 3.6 million people are living in the programme region. Therefore, it is important that the region is continuously developing and creating opportunities for its citizens.
Interreg fosters the growth of the region in the areas of economics, employment, education, tourism and culture by funding cross-border innovative projects that want to create positive change for the German-Danish cooperation. Like about 70 other Interreg programmes around Europe, we believe that through constant development and integration the national border will no longer be a barrier but accomplish mutual enrichment.
How we promote Danish-German cooperation
As Interreg Deutschland-Danmark we fund German-Danish projects but also support the project partners in the process from coming up with a project idea to realizing the project with Interreg funding. In this regard, we offer project consulting and provide assistance with the search for suitable project partners.
Interreg projects can be realized by public or semi-public institutions, research and educational institutions, interests groups and private institutions or companies and must be carried out by at least one German and one Danish partner. Projects can be implemented in four focused subject areas that we call Priorities:
- Priority 1: An innovative region
- Priority 2: A green region
- Priority 3: An attractive region
- Priority 4: A functional region
Interreg Deutschland-Danmark consists of three bodies that are closely working together, meeting up regularly and supporting each other. Interregs administration consists of two parts – the managing authority (placed in Germany) and the secretariat (placed in Denmark). The third body is the Interreg-committee which is responsible for controlling the correct implementation of the programme and approving the Interreg-projects.
Our Interreg Deutschland-Danmark secretariat is located in Kruså, Denmark, 300 meters away from the German-Danish border. The employees of the secretariat are the first contact point for all project partners and applicants. They inform potential participants about funding opportunities and support them throughout the whole process of the project work. They check project ideas, support and counsel in the elaboration process of the proposals and follow-up on the projects and the general implementation of the projects. The secretariat is working closely together with the managing authority and is responsible for the area of communication and PR.
Our managing authority has their office in Kiel, Germany. From there they are responsible for the economic and lawful implementation of the programme. They ensure the realization of all set programme tasks and take strategic control of the programme. Moreover, the managing authority takes care of developing and updating relevant documents. They also have the responsibility of verifying the legality of project applications and checking payment claims. Finally, they are supporting the Interreg-committee and keep in touch with the EU and national authorities.
The Interreg-committee consists of 36 members from Germany and Denmark including the 11 programme partners and representatives from different social, environmental and economic institutions. The committee makes the final decisions about the funding of each project, monitors the correct implementation of the Interreg-programme and controls the progress in reaching the set goals.