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    Energy poverty is widespread across the European Union. According to the European Commission, between 50 and 125 million people cannot afford proper indoor thermal comfort. As with many other issues, this is not only about resources but, to a large extent, about planning and expertise.

    Much has been produced in the field of energy efficiency by Interreg, Interreg-IPA cross-border and ENI CBC. Keep.eu contains close to 200 documents on this matter, out of around 2,500 documents overall. More specifically, you can find in keep.eu important documentation about retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency, by eight different projects spanning much of Europe’s geography, and beyond, be they buildings for housing or for work, and both public and privately-owned. Check them out here.

    More documents are added to keep.eu daily, from Interreg, Interreg-IPA cross-border and ENI CBC projects.


    Starting in 2021, keep.eu will progressively include new information, first on programmes, then on projects and partners, and in parallel on both countries and regions and statistics. This stems from the inauguration of a new programming period, and information will be added to keep.eu as programmes have it available. With the new programming period, new regulatory requirements come about, and new opportunities arise, to increase and improve the information that users can squeeze out of keep.eu’s database.

    Some of you have until now been part of the “Keep.eu 2.0 Group”. Interact and quite a few programmes and organisations kicked off the new keep.eu 3.0 process in December. In this process, foreseen to last for about one year, all interested programmes, the European Commission and representatives from the Member States will discuss the new information that keep.eu will contain on 2021-2027 programmes, projects and partners, and how it will be searched, displayed and exported. All 2021-2027 Interreg professionals who understand how they can improve their work with keep.eu are welcome to join the Keep.eu 3.0 Group. To learn more about the process, please refer to the kick-off meeting presentation.

    Please note that the new new 3.0 Group will replace the 2.0 Group, and that memberships are not automatically transferred. To join the Keep.eu 3.0 Group please email us at keep.support@interact-eu.net.


    We often face needs for financial information on Interreg projects, and sometimes not only from the ones closest to us. To help you with this, we have added our first video tutorials in keep.eu, and one of them shows you a few easy steps to mine out financial data on exactly the set of projects you are interested in, be it e.g. by topic, geography, programme or period.

    Check out the video here.

    We also welcome you to let us know of any topics you would like to have keep.eu tutorials on by dropping us a line.


    Functional connections and territorial interdependencies play an essential role in programmes. Jointly addressing shared problems forms a basis for cooperation. But how can functional areas be defined? Can keep.eu be of help in the process?

    During the European Week of Regions and Cities Interact organised a session on Calculating the value added of Interreg. As part of the session, Professor Andrzej Jakubowski from the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Poland gave an insightful presentation on their ongoing research* on how cross-border functional areas can be defined. We warmly recommend watching his presentation here (from 38:56 onwards) for methodological inspiration.


    The European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) is around the corner with a magnitude of sessions looking at benefits of cooperation from different angles.

    As you might remember, the Bruegel economic think-tank suggested in their recent analysis that where and when regions cooperate, they grow faster. To compile the analysis, the team at Bruegel used keep.eu to see the regions in which cooperation programmes were active and investing.

    During the EWRC session Calculating the added value of Interreg, the authors of this analysis will explain how they came to their conclusions, and what they mean. In the session, we will also look at the future of keep.eu and how it can be used by programmes to better understand the work of Interreg and their positioning within it, to continually improve the results of cooperation.

    The registration for the sessions is open until September 27 and the seats are filling up. If you didn’t register yet, check out the colourful programme of the European Week and book your seats today!


    We would like to bring another new power in keep.eu to your knowledge. It is now possible to search for regional information also across the EU external borders in keep.eu. This makes the IPA and ENI CBC cooperation 2014-2020 more accessible in the database.

    It might come in handy to know, for instance, which are…

    the six programmes that cover St. Petersburg,
    the partners from Minsk in 95 projects,
    the 195 projects in Montenegro or
    the 8 Lead Partners from Tunis.

    Feel free to surf in the Countries and Regions section of keep.eu to explore more. At the same time, we want to wish everyone a relaxing and sunny summer vacation period!


    Every single action matters in the fight against the impact of COVID-19, and Interreg is an active player in the game. Today, we are happy to tell you that there are 98 projects tagged with COVID-19 related measures in keep.eu, and more keep being tagged. These projects can be easily found by a simple text search term ‘covid’, which can also be combined with any other search criteria (e.g. theme or location) if needed.

    The identification of the projects has been done with strong support from programmes. The list of projects covers a variety of cooperation examples where Interreg, IPA CBC and ENI CBC activities have either prepared fruitful grounds for efficient cooperation during a crisis or directly support tackling it. Sometimes even both. The examples vary from projects building support structures for the aging population at risk (e.g. CoAge project) to helping SMEs overcome the challenges brought about by the pandemic (e.g. WINET project for SMEs in wine industry and Made in Danube project for companies producing bioeconomic products). Naturally, many projects are dealing also directly with health issues, like for instance Your health matters! project helping hospitals in a cross-border region to exchange equipment to treat COVID-19 patients better, or the DigiPee project producing face masks by 3D printing.

    Please let us know if you hear of any projects that don’t yet carry the COVID-19 tag in keep.eu but would deserve to do so. Also, do not hesitate to share the information about this to your networks, where the connection between Interreg and COVID-19 mitigation may be of interest. Thank you for your support.

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