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Interreg Italy-Malta Programme 2021-2027: a new era of cross-border cooperation

The new Interreg initiative is crucial for socio-economic development in the heart of the Mediterranean, promoting innovation, environmental sustainability and cultural richness.

The Interreg Italy-Malta 2021-2027 programme marks a significant step in cross-border maritime cooperation aimed at strengthening the socio-economic fabric between Sicily and Malta. This initiative, based on more than a decade of collaboration, represents the latest step in a series of successful European territorial cooperation projects.

A new cycle of opportunities with the Interreg Programme

The programme starts with a budget of EUR 57.604 million, financed largely by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund. This budget signals a robust commitment to the shared objectives of the two regions, with 80% co-financing from the EU.

Priorities and Projects

The first call of the Interreg Italy-Malta programme, for a total of EUR 27.669 million, sets the tone for ambitious future goals. The focus is spread over four strategic axes:

Research and Innovation: With EUR 9.386 million allocated, this priority aims to strengthen research capacities and introduce advanced technologies, leading the region towards smart specialisation.

Environmental Sustainability: A substantial part, EUR 13.241 million, is dedicated to preserving nature, adapting to climate change and moving towards a circular economy.

Culture and Sustainable Tourism: Recognising the role of culture and tourism in socio-economic development, the programme allocates EUR 1.976 million to strengthen these sectors.

Improving Governance: EUR 3.043 million is reserved for improving the efficiency of cooperation between Italy and Malta, with a specific focus on better governance.

Impact and expectations Interreg Italy – Malta

This programme is not just about funding; it is about modelling the future. The previous cycle (2014-2020) demonstrated remarkable results with more than EUR 51 million invested, leading to impactful projects in various fields. Expectations for the 2021-2027 cycle are high, with the aim of not only continuing this legacy but also introducing innovative approaches and expanding the partnership network.

Inclusiveness and collaboration

A central ambition of the programme is to expand the partnership base. In doing so, it aims to include a diverse range of stakeholders, from local authorities to non-governmental organisations, promoting a more inclusive and collaborative approach to regional development.

The role of governance

Effective management is the key to the success of such programmes. Under the leadership of Vincenzo Falgares, Director General of the Sicilian Region’s Programming Department, the programme aims to translate its ambitious goals into tangible results, benefiting both Sicily and Malta.

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Caterina Passariello
Caterina Passariello
President of the Canadian Chamber in Italy, a no-profit association that aims to stenght the relationships between Canadian and Italian companies and professionals. Head of the Mediterranean Academy of Culture, Tourism and Trade Institute of Malta. Business consultant and project manager with specialization in the internationalization processes of companies. Master Degree in Management Engineering, with a Thesis about how supply-chain tracking changes with Blockchain, with particular attention to Agri-Food Supply-Chain. Interested about internationalisation, blockchain, dlt, smart contract.
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