European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation as an instrument for promotion and improvement of territorial cooperation in Europe
The study aims to assess the role of EGTCs in Cohesion Policy and in European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) in particular. This encompasses both participation as a beneficiary and the management or preparation of Operational Programmes (OP). Within this overall scope, the potential role of EGTCs in neighbourhood policy and outermost regions is also assessed, since these were objects of substantial interest prior to the regulation’s amendment in 2013. By taking into account the amended EGTC regulation, the study assesses the achievements of EGTCs to date as well as developing future-oriented conclusions.