Interreg 2 Seas

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The Interreg programme is an EU programme aimed at stimulating cross-border cooperation in Europe, finding solutions for common challenges in border regions and exploiting the growth potential of these areas. The programme is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). There is a specific Interreg programme for every European border region.

The province of Zuid-Holland is involved in the Interreg programmes North Sea Region, Northwest Europe and Europe, and advises (potential) project participants from the province on taking part in and obtaining funding from the Interreg 2 Seas and Interreg Flanders-The Netherlands programmes.

Interreg 2 Seas is a territorial cooperation programme between coastal regions from England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders). Its overall objective is to develop an innovative, knowledge- and research-based, sustainable and inclusive 2 Seas area, where natural resources are protected and the green economy is promoted.

The specific objectives of the Interreg 2 Seas programme are:

  • technological and social innovation
  • low-carbon technologies
  • adaptation to climate change
  • efficient use of resources and materials and the transition to a circular economy

In addition to these objectives, the programme encourages projects to take into account the general themes 'support to SMEs' and the 'maritime dimension'.


The Interreg 2 Seas programme (partly) finances projects that involve partners from Zuid-Holland. The Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences is lead partner in the Integrating metal 3D printing and flexible post processing (3D&FPP) project, that also involves RDM Makerspace in Rotterdam, research organisation TNO and the University of Exeter. The objective of the 3D&FPP project is to design, develop and implement one efficient, fast and affordable post processing solution that will help to significantly increase the possibilities for 3D metal printing in industries that need high precision manufactured metal parts, for example the medical, semiconductor, maritime, and aviation industry, as well as clean tech industries.

Another project is SPONGE 2020, an international partnership between Dutch, English and Flemish authorities, including the municipalities of Leiden, Rotterdam, Westland, Antwerp and Somerset, and the Westcountry Rivers Trust in Cornwall. The project focuses on improving the adaptation capacity of cities and densely built areas by co-creating and implementing innovative climate change adaptation solutions, involving local stakeholders such as local authorities and housing corporations. The water authority of Schieland and the Krimpenerwaard, in the south of the province of Zuid-Holland, is lead partner in the project.

Financing projects

Projects that contribute directly to one of the Interreg 2 Seas specific objectives can be part-financed for up to 60% of their total project budget. In addition, projects can be co-financed by the province of Zuid-Holland for up to 15% of the project's budget, provided that they meet additional conditions such as involving a Flemish project partner. Zuid-Holland can also assist participants in finding a suitable project partner within the Interreg network.

Are you interested in the opportunities the Interreg 2 Seas programme has to offer? Are you looking for a project partner, or do you wish additional information? Please do not hesitate to contact the European and International Affairs (EU-IA) Department  of the province of Zuid-Holland.