The Arctic Cooperation cross-programme collaboration is encouraged and mandated by the European Commission to provide input for establishing research and investment priorities in the European Arctic area. It is led by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme also involving the following funding programmes:
- Interreg Botnia-Atlantica
- Interreg Nord
- Kolarctic CBC
- Karelia CBC
For the first time, the cooperation between these programmes has made possible the development of clustering projects. The objective of this new type of collaboration that involves three projects from three of the programmes mentioned above is to increase awareness, transfer good energy practices and support the development of macro-regional strategies ensuring a better implementation of the cooperating projects. It also helps to achieve a wider dissemination of the results from three different Arctic Interreg Programmes participating.