The goal of the European territorial cooperation programs is to promote cooperation between regions and nations, to unify and develop the living environment in the territory of the EU.
This simultaneously helps to invest in a long-term perspective of a more unified and integrated European living space in regard to both internal and external borders. The cross-border cooperation programme of the European Neighbourhood Policy is one of the instruments of EU foreign policy, aimed at fostering neighbourly relations between EU members through acknowledging common values and solving common problems.
Programme period 2014-2020
Estonia is taking part in 7 new programmes in 2014-2020: seven European territorial cooperation programmes and one European neighbour-instrument programme. These programmes are divided according to cooperation outlet and opportunity: cross-border cooperation programmes (Estonia-Latvia, Central Baltic, Estonia-Russia) , interregional cooperation programmes (INTERACT III, INTERREG Euroopa, URBACT III, ESPON) and international cooperation programmes, where Estonia is involved in the Baltic regional programme.
Programme period 2007-2013
In the previous programme period of 2007-2013, Estonia also took part in seven programmes: seven European territorial cooperation programmes and one European neighbour-instrument programme. These programmes were divided according to cooperation outlet and opportunity: cross-border cooperation programmes (Estonia-Latvia, Estonia-Latvia-Russia, Central Baltic), inter-regional cooperation programmes (INTERACT II, INTERREG IVC, ESPON, and URBACT II) and the international cooperation programme of the Baltic Region.