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Macro-regional strategies, what are they?

The European Union macro-regional strategies are coordination and cooperation frameworks designed for specific geographical areas. They aim at bringing together key stakeholders as well as coordinating initiatives in different sectors such as innovation, transport, environment etc. in order to address common challenges. Macro-regional strategies call for better coordination of policies, closer cooperation between institutions and more efficient use of available funding sources. For the moment, keep.eu contains projects implemented within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).

The Macro-regional search criterion in keep.eu can be used to search EUSBSR and EUSDR related projects only (by default they are included in all searches). Users can also opt for combining their EUSBSR and EUSDR criterion with other criteria by selecting “Other (EUSBSR projects related)” or “Other (EUSDR projects related)” in Funding sources, thereby retrieving also projects from instruments and sources other than Interreg or ENI CBC. If they opt these ones out, they will still retrieve EUSBSR and EUSDR related projects but from Interreg and ENI CBC only.

Keep.eu hence opens to users access to information on the projects and partners of these two Strategies, their Priority (Policy) areas and Horizontal actions. This data in keep.eu includes not only Interreg / Territorial Cooperation projects, but all types of projects that are in line with the Strategies. For EUSBSR projects keep.eu also offers information regarding flagship projects.

Users can either look for detailed information project by project or opt for an aggregated vision of the projects within the scope of these EU Strategies, by exporting their search results to Excel.