“Bringing Territoriality into Interreg-Territoriality
and Functional Areas” seminar was conducted online by the INTERACT which
supports the management bodies of the cross border cooperation programmes
implemented throughout Europe.
The representatives from several cross border
cooperation programmes and the European Commission (DG REGIO) participated in
the web-seminar. Head of Department of Union Programmes and Cross Border
Cooperation Ms. Şebnem Sözer, EU Affairs Experts Mr. Serkan Bozkurt, Ms. Semiha
Öztürk and Ms. Övünç Güneş represented Turkey under Interreg-IPA
Bulgaria-Turkey CBC Programme and ENI Black Sea Basin CBC Programme whose
National Authority is the Directorate for EU Affairs.
European Commission aims to guarantee that the cross
border cooperation programmes will have stronger territorial perspective in the
2021-2027 period. In this context, it is
possible to include “functional areas” in the programme areas which will be
determined by each cooperation programme. Our analysis to determine the
functional areas for the Programmes that Turkey participates is still going on.