Interreg is one of the key instruments of the European Union (EU) supporting cooperation across borders through project funding. It aims to jointly tackle common challenges and find shared solutions in fields such as health, environment, research, education, transport, sustainable energy and more. Our four cities are involved in the following Interreg projects.

REFRAME - Groningen

For five years, thirteen committed partners from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden have been working together to create better conditions for food related SMEs, social enterprises and initiatives through the REFRAME project.

Welcoming International Talent - Groningen

This Transfer network focuses on Higher education and knowledge economy, both have become a global competition for talent. In this project the best practice of Groningen, a welcoming policy for International Students and skilled workers, will be transferred.

BLING - BLockchain IN Government - Groningen

14 partners working together on innovative customer services solutions

SURFLOGH - Groningen

The core challenge of the SURFLOGH project is to achieve a more efficient cargo distribution in urban areas, and thereby maintain efficiency in long distance transport. To promote efficient logistics sustainably, the focus is on optimizating the interaction between hubs ande urban logistics sysetm in smaller and medium-sized cities and city networks.

Natuurpark Moor Veenland - Emmen

Eight Dutch and German museums and recreational attractions in the Veenland Nature Park will offer all information for their visitors in Dutch, German and English.

Interreg I2I: From Isolation to Inclusion - Assen

The overall objective in I2I is to enhance innovation in social service delivery to improve social inclusion and counteract loneliness in NSR communities and neighbourhoods.

IB Green - Leeuwarden

IB Green stands for Industrial and Business parks Green. The project revolves around greening and making industrial areas resilient to the consequences of climate change. The Municipality of Leeuwarden has the ambition to make business park De Hemrik greener and thus reduce the risk of flooding and heat stress.

SCEPA - Leeuwarden

The SCEPA (Scaling up the Energy Poverty Approach) project focuses on tackling energy poverty by exchanging and scaling up existing solutions and tools. By scaling up the activities of the local energy support service, the Municipality of Leeuwarden aims to support residents experiencing energy poverty to implement energy-saving measures.

Water Warmth - Leeuwarden

In collaboration with the Dutch energy cooperative Grieneko, the Municipality of Leeuwarden will set up a pilot in which a primary school and five houses will be linked to an aquathermal system.

Active Cities - Leeuwarden

Active Cities is a partnership between 8 European municipalities and 3 knowledge partners which focuses on increasing active mobility in North Sea Region Cities. The Municipality of Leeuwarden aims to stimulate active mobility, such as cycling and walking.