Interreg Aurora is a brand new programme in the European Interreg community for cross-border cooperation. The programme offers great opportunities and enables new and exciting cross-border cooperation between Sweden, Finland, Norway and Sápmi.

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The creating of the Interreg Aurora programme 2021-2027 has started during autumn 2020. County Administrative Board of Norrbotten is appointed as the Managing Authority (MA). You can find basic information of the programme planning on this webpage. The best way to stay updated about the process is to check the News section and the hashtag #interregaurora.

If you have any questions you are welcome to contact us:
Iiris Mäntyranta, Programme Director Interreg Nord
+46 (0)10-2255376

Anna-mari Ruisniemi, Communication officer Interreg Nord
+46 (0)10-2255417

Preparing the new programme

Programme area

Following NUTS III regions are covered by the programme:

Sub-area Aurora
Lappi/ Lappland
Pohjois-Pohjanmaa/Norra Österbotten
Keski-Pohjanmaa /Mellersta Österbotten
Pohjanmaa/ Österbotten
Etelä-Pohjanmaa/Södra Österbotten
Troms og Finnmark

Sub-area Sápmi
Lappi/Lappland, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa/Norra Österbotten and Keski-Pohjanmaa/Mellersta Österbotten in Finland. In addition to the official area of the Sámi homeland*, the geographical area of the sub-area Sápmi covers the entire region of Lapland, and the regions of North Ostrobothnia and Central Ostrobothnia. In Sweden Sápmi sub areas covers the whole of Norrbotten, Västerbotten, Västernorrland and Jämtland, as well as Idre Sameby in Dalarna. For Norway the Sápmi sub area covers Troms og Finnmark, Nordland and Tröndelag as well as part of Innlandet (Elgå Reinbeitedistrikt).

*The Sámi homeland means the areas of the municipalities of Enontekiö, Inari and Utsjoki, as well as the area of the reindeer owners association of Lapland in Sodankylä.

Programme area Interreg Aurora, including sub-area Aurora and sub-area Sápmi

Joint Programming Committee (JPC)

The partner states have agreed to establish a Joint Programming Committee (JPC). The JPC shall have the overall responsibility for the preparation of the whole programme in accordance with the rules of procedure. The JPC shall discuss and approve the final programme draft before submitting it to national approval and submission to the European Commission. The JPC consists of members from regional and national level from each partner state as well as the three Sami Parliaments. The Managing authority is responsible for secretarial support for the JPC.

Working Group Content (WGC)

The Joint Programming Committee has appointed a Working Group Content (WGC), with responsibility for the writing and drafting of the programme as well as forming programme priorities. WGC consists of all ten regions in the programme area and three Sami Parliaments, and is coordinated by Regional council of Lapland, Region Norrbotten and Troms and Finnmark County Council.

Working Group Administration (WGA)

The Joint Programming Committee has also appointed a Working Group Administration (WGA) to support Managing authority in their responsibility areas.

Managing Authority

The ministries of Sweden and Finland, in close dialogue with the ministry of Norway, have agreed to appoint County Administrative Board of Norrbotten, as the Managing Authority (MA). Norway will follow their established practice.

Public Stakeholder forum

Here you can find the presentations from the launching Interreg Aurora webinar the 11th February 2021

Next step in the programming process

The preparations of the new Interreg Aurora programme for the period 2021-2027 is proceeding and the interest is overwhelming.

Here you can read more about what is next


News from Programme director, March 2021
News from programme coordinators, April 2021

Public hearing

Public hearing about the Interreg Aurora programme draft and the draft of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) will be arranged during April-May 2021. You will have the possibility to share your opinions in an online survey and in information events. Here you can find the Programme draft proposal and the Strategic Environmental Assesment proposal.

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Here you can find the presentations from the Public hearing informations events held in May 2021.

The public hearing process for the Interreg Aurora programme 2021-2027 has been closed the 20th May 2021. We thank you all for sharing valuable comments, opinions and your commitment to making the new programme successful. Next step in the programming process is that the comments will be carefully reviewed by the Programme Coordinators and the Joint Programming Committee. They will finalize a draft that will be sent to the Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian ministries by latest the 30th of June 2021.


After public hearings and a web survey in April-May 2021, the proposal of the operational programme will be sent to the Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian governments for national approval in the end of June 2021. The aim is to submit the programme proposal to the European Commission in August-September 2021.


Managing Authortity and WGA
Iiris Mäntyranta, Programme Director Interreg Nord
+46 (0)10-2255376

Anna-mari Ruisniemi, Communication officer Interreg Nord
+46 (0)10-2255417