Alpes Latines COopération TRAnsfrontalière France-Italy (Alps)

The Alcotra 2007-2013 programme aims at improving populations' quality of life and encouraging sustainable development of trans-border economic and territorial systems through cooperation in social, economic, environmental and cultural fields.

In its decision C(2007)5716 dated November 29th 2007, the European Commission approved the ALCOTRA trans-border cooperation programme between France and Italy for the 2007-2013 period. The Programme has a funding envelope amounting to about 237.5 million euros, including 149.7 million euros paid by the ERDF.

The programme covers the whole Alpine frontier between the two countries. Alcotra 2007-2013 is the fourth trans-border cooperation programme deployed along the continental border between Italy and France. It is more particularly characterized by the impetus given by new territorial strategies that implement projects for fulfilling the territory's specific requirements on both local levels and a larger scale.

The Alcotra programme is financed by structural funds, tools for implementing the community regional policy and intended to finance multi-annual regional development programmes established between the European Commission, member States and Regions.