The PASSAGE Project (2016-20)

PASSAGE (Public AuthoritieS Supporting low-cArbon Growth in European maritime border regions) is a 4 year project funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) by the Interreg Europe programme.

Aims

The project aims are to:

  • influence low carbon policies
  • build on the work Pas-de-Calais County Council (the lead partner) and Kent County Council have already undertaken in the Dover Strait area though the European Straits Initiative
  • review and improve current approaches to delivering a low-carbon economy
  • identify opportunities for policy change to help the Dover Strait become a more attractive place to work, live and visit.

Project plan

Pas-de-Calais and Kent County Council have selected the Interreg 2 Seas programme with the purpose of achieving a crosscutting dimension for the low carbon economy across the programme priorities.

The project has a Europe wide dimension, with 11 partners around 5 European Straits. Partners will be used to inform local action plans and policy review for each strait.

A joint Kent County Council and Pas-de-Calais stakeholder group is being established to help conduct this work, during the first two years of the project, while the following two years will be dedicated to implementing these plans.

Kent County Council will use the project to conduct a low carbon emissions strategy for the Kent Environment Strategy and to a provide input into the Countryside and Coastal Access Improvement Plan review, focussing on Coastal East Kent (Thanet, Dover & Shepway), the same geography covered by the Dover Strait Implementation Plan.

The Interreg Europe secretariat ​has assured partners that this project will continue despite the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. Interreg Europe helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy.

By building on its forerunner, INTERREG IVC, Interreg Europe aims to get maximum return from the €359 million financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for 2014-2020.