The INTERREG IPACross Border Cooperation Programme "Greece- The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2014-2020" offers ample opportunities for cooperation, good neighborly relations and socio-economic development to our countries. Our cross border area enjoys the benefits of a vast, varied and mostly unspoiled natural environment; but it also faces many socio-economic challenges. This area where Thessaloniki, Kilkis, Edessa, Florina and Pella and Vardar, Pelagonia, Southeast and Southwest are located is the stage for the joint actions of our countries. Our joint Programme empowers public authorities, private non-profit organizations and other institutions as well as the citizens to work together on common challenges and problems, seeking for smarter solutions which can be better achieved when we cooperate.
Our problems may be separate or different but our actions are joint. It’s cooperation that teaches us to look for cooperation, join forces and share activities in all sectors of common interest, such as competitiveness, environment, tourism, transportation, employment, health and social issues. The European Union, Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are offering more than45.000.000€, from 2014 to 2020 to support our work. From creating new jobs to respecting the environment in our area, jointly we learn to understand each other. Our common target is a better everyday life. The Programme is built upon the following two Priority Axes that reflect the needs and challenges identified; Priority Axis 1: Development and Support of Local Economy Priority Axis 2: Protection of Environment – Transportation