Interreg project Crossquality

Crossquality is a project supported by the European Interreg-EMR Fund (Euregio Maas-Rhein). Its aim is to explore the possible qualitative indicators of the Interreg programme. As there are no qualitative indicators for the evaluation of Interreg projects yet, this project is a guideline for the whole European territory.

The total budget of the project is 176.949,75 €, of which 150.058,37 € are ERDF funds (European Regional Development Fund).

How will the research be carried out?

1. In a first step, the existing indicator system of the INTERREG programme Meuse-Rhine will be analysed to find out to what extent it already measures aspects of the quality of cross-border cooperation and where deficits are identified. Furthermore, other existing indicator, assessment or evaluation systems will be analysed regarding the quality of cross-border cooperation. This search for already existing practices and tools will be done in contact with ESPON and the European Commission, DG Regio, and will refer to the different ESPON tools for territorial impact assessment. In this sense, the methodology will build on existing work at EU level.

2. Based on the research, a draft methodology and set of indicators will be developed with the expertise of the project partners. This work will be supported by the involvement of practitioners from the Euregio Meuse-Rhine dealing with the INTERREG programme and cross-border cooperation. In addition, external experts from other programmes or with expertise in territorial impact assessment will contribute to the work. The draft methodology will be discussed and tested.

3. As the main part of the project, the methodology will be applied with the help of practitioners and experts on the territory of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine by assessing the quality of cross-border cooperation and the governance system. Given the experience of previous projects, the main tools are the collection of existing data, data production through questionnaires, qualitative interviews, and expert workshops. The final results will become the baseline measurement and benchmark for structured impact assessments.

Role of the Chair of Economic Geography of RWTH Aachen University in the Crossquality Project

The Chair of Economic Geography is concerned with the question from which economic geographic theories and neighboring disciplines potential qualitative indicators can be derived that relate to economic aspects of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine (EMR) border region.

Partners of the project

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