The Cities of the Northern Netherlands are known for their innovative characters. Multiple EU funded projects have been realised in the cities of Assen, Emmen, Leeuwarden and Groningen. The ongoing projects in our four cities can be disinguished into five different categories. These categories are the five different EU programmes Interreg, LIFE, Horizon Europe, Erasmus+ and EFRO.


Interreg Europe is an interregional cooperation programme, co-funded by the European Union. The European Union strives to reduce disparities in the levels of development, growth and quality of life in and across Europe’s regions. The programme contributes to this objective and runs from 2021 to 2027.


The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action.

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the EU's ambitious research and innovation programme for 2021-2027, with a budget of over € 100 billion. CINEA runs parts of the programme.


Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.


The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) provides funding to public and private entities in all regions of the EU to reduce economic, social and territorial disparities. The fund supports investment through specific national or regional programs.