Ex-Post Evaluation of the INTERREG III Community Initiative Programme
INTERREG III is a Community Initiative Programme, financed by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and implemented in the 2000-2006 period. The main principles for implementing the programme are: (i) the implementation of strategies and programmes of transnational and cross-border joint development nature; (ii) strengthening of partnerships between different levels of government with the relevant socio-economic agents; (iii) coordination between INTERREG III and the instruments of EU foreign policy.
The guidelines for the Programme were approved by the Commission on April 28, 2000 (C 143 of 23 May 2000), which mobilized around 4,875 million Euros, distributed among the 25 EU countries.
The Ex-Post Evaluation Study of INTERREG III had the intent to evaluate the results and impacts achieved in its implementation in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, utility and the socio-economic effects generated. CEDRU developed one of the sixteen evaluation studies on INTERREG III programmes – namely, the INTERREG III A Spain-Portugal – conducted by the international consortium, by applying a common methodology for all evaluators.
It also produced a range of recommendations for guiding future programming of community support for cross-border cooperation in the European Union.