New Programme 2014-2020
Programming process

Updated 2nd June 2014

Information about the upcoming Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 can be found on a dedicated interim website:

The interim website contains basic information about the NPA 2014-2020. In addition, it contains links to relevant documents, such as the draft Cooperation Programme document, and the NPA 2014-2020 Factsheet. The interim website also contains information about the Cool North: NPP Programme Closure and NPA Programme Launch Conference on 30th September and 1st October in Strathpeffer, Scotland.

The interim website will be the main information source for the NPA 2014-2020 during the transition period until a new programme website is available. 

Below you can find information about the programming process, leading up to the development of the draft Cooperation Programme document.

Programming Process

Preparations for the development of the successor programme, Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020, have been ongoing since September 2012 and are well underway.

National and regional representatives, as well as wider Regional Advisory Groups have been involved in the development of the Cooperation Programme. In addition, a preparatory project exploring the Arctic Dimension of the new programme has provided input, proposing the integration of the Arctic dimension in all priorities, horizontally.The whole process has been followed by Ex Ante evaluators to ensure due diligence.

The PMC endorsed of the Cooperation Programme document at the end of April. Since then, the document has been through a national approval process in the 9 programme partner countries. After national approval, the Cooperation Programme document will be submitted to the European Commission. Approval of the programme is expected 6 months after submission. 

Below, we have highlighted some important steps in the programming process. 

How to Apply Seminar

On 20th March 2014, a seminar was organised for project developers. This seminar instructed participants on how to develop a high quality project application. More information and materials can be found on the event page


Public Consultation Strategic Environmental Assessment - January-February 2014

A public consultation of the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the new programme was held between 13th January and 28th February 2014. You can find more information on the SEA consultation page


Public Consultation Draft OP - September-October 2013

16.10.2013: A public consultation of draft chapters from the Operational Programme document for the Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 Programme was held between 20th September and 15th October 2013. The programme received a total of 64 online responses from all programme partner countries and beyond. Some of the responses represent focus groups organised by Regional Contact Points in the programme area.

In addition, a consultation workshop was held at the NPP Annual Conference 2013 on 19th September in Skellefteå, Sweden. See event page for more details.

The purpose of these consultations was to ensure that the draft priorities, indicators and horizontal principles have been developed in a way that potential project promoters can work with. 

The consulations gave a wider group of stakeholders a chance to review and comment on the text, to help the drafting team operationalise and fine-tune the sections developed. More specifically, the analysis of the programme area, the programme strategy, the draft priorities, indicators and horizontal principles. These sections form the basis for the types of projects that will be funded.

Feedback from the consultations was generally positive and detailed comments have been taken into consideration, when reviewing the sections in question. 

Relevant Documents

Please note that any documents presented here are drafts and still subject to EC approval. In addition, the timescale presented is based on best estimates and depends on many factors outside the control of the programme.

Third Call Pre-Announcement »
Annual Report 2014 approved »
NPA How to Apply Seminar - Third Call »

How to Apply Seminar - Third Call »
Swedish partner meeting »
NPA Lead Partner Seminar »
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