Cooperation can be complex;
our job is to make it easier.

Roles and responsibilities

When referring to role and responsibilities in Interreg, it is the many ways in which programme bodies are configured, empowered and deployed. No single approach is used, as countries and regions find their own solutions to configure programmes. The programmes management and control system define these roles and the interfaces between them, which are therefore largely fixed for the period.

Interact events offers moments to exchange on the tasks being fulfilled, and the perspectives of those undertaking them. This means enabling the sharing of experiences from those acting as a Managing Authority, as a Joint Secretariat, as a Monitoring Committee member, as a Controller, as an Audit Authority, or as a National Authority to better understand each other and develop smoother workflows.

Interact also explores the roles of National Contact Points, which more programmes are adopting as ways to connect Interreg's offer of EU funding with local and regional governments.  

Where to start

The basic structure of a programme in 2014-2020 was set out in this diagram, which is being updated. It provides a general picture of the structures and positions of programme relevant bodies.

The roles and responsibilities, particularly in the project selection phase is explored in this publication.

Some examples of the approach to the management and control systems were discussed in an event [Link to follow | March 2023], and are available to review.

The role of national contact points was explored in a report linked [Feb 2022], which provides a useful overview of the ways programmes approached NCPs .

What we are working on

As the exchange of perspectives between programme bodies is at the heart of most Interact events, the roles and responsibilities of programme bodies and staff is constantly being explored.

This topic will specifically be explored in the Interreg Knowledge Fair, particularly as we reflect on the flexibility of programmes and programme structures to respond to crisis situations.