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    You have hopefully heard that keep.eu is well on its way collecting project output documents to its database. At the time of writing this text, the number of project output documents in keep.eu was approaching 10,000. At that very same time, 20% of the projects in the database, that were closed for a minimum of six months ago, featured at least one document in keep.eu.

    Keep.eu’s project output library represents an accrued guarantee that the knowledge and solutions developed by the projects will not disappear. It also provides a much easier access to the aggregated thematic expertise of Interreg, Interreg IPA cross-border and ENI CBC. The collection of these documents is made autonomously by Interact, in rounds. Users can quickly grasp how many projects per programme feature documents in keep.eu by referring to keep.eu’s Representativeness page and scrolling down to header ‘Documents’.


    This is a question we quite often receive, so let’s shed some light on the topic. The data on 2014-2020 programmes featured in keep.eu was collected by Interact and validated by each programme at the beginning of the programming period. On the other hand, data on projects and partners/partnerships is the responsibility of each programme, who can send the data to keep.eu through what is called an automatic process (described in further detail here), or through a manual process (described in further detail here). The former includes the automatic sending from the eMS. Users of keep.eu can find information on how well each programme and its projects are covered in the database either on the individual programme pages or, for a general overview, on the Representativeness page.


    It is now easier to compare programmes, projects and even partners in keep.eu. Interact has worked to improve all of keep.eu’s Excel exports. Besides making results easier to compare, each exported file now features a summary page with the criteria leading to the exported results and the date and time of the export. From now on, the programmes are also able to add information to each of their projects on any links the project has to other projects financed by the programme or any other European programme. Yet another new field in projects is their relevant mentions and prizes. This will make it possible, in the future, to look for projects that received a specific mention or prize (for example, we will be able to look for Interreg projects that won the Regiostars award, among other possibilities).


    The 2014-2020 programming period produced so far close to 9,000 Interreg, Interreg-IPA CBC and ENI CBC projects, throughout Europe and beyond. Of these, keep.eu contains over 7,700 projects from 97 programmes (including more than 4,000 documents and information on close to 25,000 partners). You can see all these figures detailed to the unit at keep.eu. Of all the 2014-2020 projects in the keep.eu database, just below 4,900 are closed, and we know that quite a few of the remaining ones will continue well into 2022.

    At a time when Interreg is starting a new cycle, understanding projects’ achievements takes on a renewed value. So far keep.eu contains data on the achievements of 377 projects. This is less than 5% of all the closed projects in the database, and comes from only a few programmes. Within this scope we dearly appreciate the efforts taken on by the programmes to feature information on their project achievements in keep.eu.

    By the end of this year keep.eu should contain the achievements of many more projects, thus contributing to a more complete picture of Interreg, Interreg-IPA CBC and ENI CBC in 2014-2020. This will be demanding for Interact, and it will also mean an important effort from each and every programme. But it will be worth it, as it will benefit all of us as a whole, and especially each programme featuring project results in the database.

    Here a few examples of projects with their achievements described in the database: ACCESS FOR ALL, Cool route, Balneplogical tourism – the future of health


    Interreg, Interreg-IPA CBC and ENI CBC programmes have cross-fertilised each other with ideas, and have also taken on ideas and capitalised on each other’s projects. They have also spun off projects from other ERDF objectives, and even from other funds. And, conversely, they have also contributed to developments in other objectives and funds. Now, wouldn’t it be great to know exactly which projects were spin offs of other projects, or which ones are related to which, or still which projects contributed to new ones?

    Keep.eu will soon feature fields making it possible to identify projects that led to the creation of other projects. In order to widen the universe of clear connections, keep.eu will also contain data from Horizon 2020 allowing us to clearly identify the connections between Interreg and Horizon. As a by-product of this, keep.eu will also contain the entities working with Horizon. These can be interesting partners within the scope of Interreg, thus adding much value to a partner search facility containing so far close to 90 thousand partners.

    A result that is already visible of the cooperation between Interact and Horizon within the scope of information exchange is the Horizon 2020 Interreg synergies – matchmaking tool, that can be referred to here.


    With every programming period come finer regulatory terms for Interreg. For keep.eu this means that its database needs to be adjusted, new fields need to be created and, above all, searches and results need to continue to be as seamless as ever. This stems from the fact that keep.eu contains information on many different types of territorial cooperation projects, beneficiaries and programmes from 2000 to this date.

    The keep.eu 3.0 Group and Interact recently finalised defining the project and partner fields that will make it possible for keep.eu to aggregate information covering 2021-2027. There will be three main types of project and partner fields:

    the mandatory fields, i.e., the fields listed in article 49 (3) of Regulation 2021/1060 of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 24 June 2021,
    the strongly recommended fields (fields marked by Kohesio as essential data fields), and
    fields that are not mandatory and do not necessarily contribute to Kohesio, but strongly contribute to a better knowledge of Interreg.
    Interact will soon be in touch with all the Interreg programmes to clearly define the steps needed for an easy transfer of data to keep.eu. In the meantime, the list of all the new 2021-2027 fields can be referred to here.


    Most of Europe is about to begin their summer vacations and tourists return to the streets and beaches of many popular tourist destinations. Keep.eu holds hundreds of documents of Interreg projects who have improved the tourism infrastructure, marketing, service design or event production, to name but a few aspects of tourism-related Interreg cooperation. To get a taste of some fascinating destinations, you can visit border regions between Italy and Croatia in ArTVision+ project’s many videos, or if biking is close to your heart, check out what AtlanticOnBike project has worked on along the EuroVelo 1 route running from Norway to Portugal. To surf the touristic wave of the keep.eu database, crab your board here.

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