Key factor influence on the effectivenes of interregional cooperation projects

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Regions have become the engine for growth of the EU, for further development of these regions interregional cooperation is required. This research will investigate this understudied topic, focusing on interregional cooperation projects. Specifically, this research aims to find out: ‘How do key factors influence the perceived effectiveness of interregional cooperation projects of the Interreg IVC programme?’ The answer is found in a few steps. I have studied the network governance and proximity literature to create a list of 7 preliminary key factors. Then I analyzed seven project cases making use of project documentation and 18 semi-structured interviews. I have compared these cases with as result five key factors for effective interregional cooperation projects: leadership, commitment of project partners, internalization, experience and language compatibility. The influence of these factors is presented making use of an explanatory model for the effectiveness of Interreg IVC projects. This model is a preliminary model for interregional cooperation project effectiveness in general. However, future study of this model is needed to validate this model as a general model for effectiveness of interregional cooperation projects. Meanwhile, the outcome of this study will be helpful to build more effective interregional cooperation projects for the Interreg programme.
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