About The Programme

What is the France (Channel) England Programme?

A European Territorial Cooperation Programme is an economic development programme that funds various projects which take place across multiple countries and regions. These projects aim to find common solutions to common problems which exist in multiple countries.

The France (Channel) England Programme is a “Cross Border” programme under the European Territorial Cooperation Goal, meaning it aims to support the development of the Border region between France and England.

Why participate in the France (Channel) England Programme?

The programme provides funding to project partnerships to support them in gaining the full benefits of working on a cross-border basis. The benefits of working across borders include;

  • Working together to develop one solution to a common problem.
  • Working together to learn from each other’s experiences and expertise, giving organisations a wider area to search for solutions to their problems.
  • Opening up new audiences for ideas and products, and new markets for SMEs to break into using the experience gained from Cross Border working
  • Reducing the costs normally associated with gaining this type of experience and opportunity, meaning it is a great chance for those looking for new opportunities and challenges.

What are we trying to Achieve?

The France (Channel) England Programme, as with all European Programmes, is part of the Europe 2020 strategy, which is the European Union’s strategy to deliver growth and jobs. Launched in 2010, it is focused in part on Europe’s recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, but it is also about a new form of growth, focusing on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

To support this objective the EU has set 5 headline targets to be achieved by the end of 2020;

  1. Employment
    1. 75% of 20-64 year olds to be employed
  2. R&D
    1. 3% of the EU’s GDP to be invested in R&D
  3. Climate change and energy sustainability
    1. Greenhouse gas emissions 20% lower than 1990 levels
    2. 20% of energy to come from renewable sources
    3. 20% increase in energy efficiency
  4. Education
    1. Reducing rates of early school leaving to below 10%
    2. At least 40% of 30-34 year olds completing third level education
  5. Fighting Poverty and Social exclusion
    1. At least 20 million fewer people in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion

The Programme Strategy is built upon a combination of these principles, and a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats analysis carried out in the Programme Area in order to determine how the Programme funding should be allocated in order to achieve the maximum development towards these goals.