European Cooperation in a Changing World: Covid-19, Brexit and Climate Change
What does European cooperation look like in 2020? What is the role of Interreg programmes? How are current challenges such as Covid-19 and Brexit affecting the EU institutions and instruments? And how does cooperation across borders help European regions to cut their emissions and adapt to climate change? In this webinar, you will learn about European transnational cooperation and get a peek behind the scenes of the European Parliament and Interreg programmes and projects.
Year 2020 marks 30 years of European cooperation in the framework of Interreg. To celebrate, events are held across the EU around September 21, the European Cooperation Day. This webinar is organised by the Interreg North Sea Region Programme. The webinar is mainly targeted for university students in Denmark but anyone is welcome to join.
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1) What is Interreg and what is it good for? / Eva Martinez Orosa, Interact
2) Interreg and the North Sea: How to make a positive difference in turbulent times / Christian Byrith, Head of Secretariat, Interreg North Sea Region Programme
3) Cooperation addressing climate change / Rolf Johnsen, TOPSOIL (Interreg North Sea Region project)
4) Cooperation matters: The role of Interreg in battling current European challenges / MEP Morten Helveg Petersen, member of the Renew Europe Group and of the Danish Social-Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre)
Lise Espersen, Interreg North Sea Region Programme
The Interreg North Sea Region Programme
The Interreg North Sea Region Programme is a transnational cooperation programme based in Viborg, Denmark. The programme funds projects that realise game-changing ideas addressing climate change, digital transformation, circular economy, sustainable transport, and more. The aim is to foster a greener, more vibrant and resilient North Sea Region. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Interreg is a key EU instrument for cooperation across borders. The North Sea Region Programme is one among more than 100 Interreg programmes.
Interact supports the Interreg community by coordinating and giving guidance. There are four Interact offices in Europe, one of them based in Viborg. Interact is also funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
MEP Morten Helveg
Morten Helveg, member of the Danish social-liberal party (Radikale Venstre), has served as a member of the European Parliament since 2014. Prior to this, he served as a member of the Danish Parliament from 1998-2009 and held leading positions in the media world between 2009 and 2014. He is the Vice-Chair for ITRE, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and a member of D-TR, the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee.
TOPSOIL is a transnational project funded by Interreg North Sea Region Programme. TOPSOIL explores the possibilities of using topsoil layers to solve current and future climate related water challenges, such as flooding and drought. The TOPSOIL consortium consists of 24 partner organisations from five countries in the region. Central Denmark Region (Region Midtjylland) is the lead partner and coordinator of the project.