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INTERREG IIIA Czech Republic - Saxony

Basic characteristics of the programme

The Community Initiative Programme INTERREG IIIA is the largest and most important EU Community Initiative. Its implementation, prior to the accession of the Czech Republic, was co-ordinated with the programme Phare CBC following a joint programming document which defined areas and conditions for cross-border cooperation in terms of content, and to a great extent, procedure as well.

At the beginning of the programming period the Saxony side implemented the Community Initiative Programme INTERREG IIIA, the Czech side implemented Phare CBC, which, after the Czech Republic's accession to the EU, was replaced by the Community Initiative Programme INTERREG IIIA. In fact, the process of converging the Phare CBC programme with the Community Initiative Programme INTERREG started in 2000. From that point on there was only one programming document defining areas and conditions for cross-border cooperation in terms of content, and to a great extent, procedure as well.

The last year of the Phare CBC programme was announced in April 2004 with its termination and financial settlement planned for 2006. In the Czech Republic the start of the Community Initiative Programme INTERREG IIIA Czech Republic - Saxony was officially announced on 1 July 2004.

Responsibility for the programme

Pursuant to the decision of the European Commission, the national body responsible for the programme Czech Republic - Saxony is the Czech Republic's Ministry for Regional Development, Department for Cross-border Cooperation.