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European Territorial Cooperation and Financial Mechanisms Office

Kotnikova 5, 1000 Ljubljana
T: 01 400 34 43
European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), better known as Interreg, is one of the two goals of EU Cohesion Policy. Interreg was developed in 1990 as a Community Initiative; the 2014-2020 round of funding marks already the fifth period of Interreg with a budget of EUR 10.1 billion invested in the programmes that seek to enhance cross-border, regional and transnational cooperation between partners, both along EU internal and external borders. The programmes which are co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) support cooperation in a number of areas, and promote a harmonious economic, social and territorial development of the EU.


The countries that are small but ‘’rich’’ in external borders particularly depend on making full use of the potential of cross-border cooperation under the ETC Programmes and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). ETC Programmes provide the framework for the implementation of joint actions in the shared border area and importantly shape the quality of life of border population, bringing together different communities to live in harmony and encouraging social and civic engagement of minorities.  Participation in interregional programmes allows Slovenian applicants to become more visible and facilitates sharing of good practice with partners beyond borders. ETC projects and Cohesion Policy projects can be thematically linked, which also stands true for linking with projects under the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.  
For more information about Slovenia’s achievements under Interreg in the 2007-2013 programming period and the current round of funding see the following links: