Transnational cooperation on the Atlantic Area has a historical tradition. Pioneer frameworks began in the 1989-1993 programming period of the European structural funds, with the ATLANTIS pilot project. In Despite its limited budget, Atlantis successfully launched the very first transnational cooperation projects financed by the ERDF.

The overall strategy of the Atlantic Area Operational Programme can be summarized as follows: to achieve significant and tangible progress in transnational cooperation geared towards cohesive, sustainable and balanced territorial development of the Atlantic Area and its maritime heritage.

The main goal of the Programme is therefore to contribute to the territorial cohesion of this area through transnational cooperation projects on all four programme priorities between the European Union Member States of the Atlantic seaboard:

Priority 1: Promote transnational entrepreneurial and innovation networks
Priority 2: Protect, secure and enhance the marine and coastal environment sustainability
Priority 3: Improve accessibility and internal links
Priority 4: Promote transnational synergies in sustainable urban and regional development

The Atlantic Area Transnational Cooperation  Operational Programme 2007-2013 was approved by the European Commission on 20th September 2007, by its decision CCI:(2007) CB163PO 029.
For the period 2007-2013, the Atlantic Area includes the following regions: See NUTS code

·· Spain:
Galicia, Principado de Asturias, Cantabria, Navarra, País Vasco, Andalucía (Huelva, Cádiz and Sevilla)

·· France:
Haute-Normandie, Basse-Normandie, Pays-de-la Loire, BretagnePoitou-Charentes, Aquitaine

·· Ireland:
Border, Midland and Western, Southern and Eastern

·· Portugal:
Norte, Algarve, Centro, Lisboa, Alentejo

·· United Kingdom:
Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and North Somerset, Dorset and Somerset, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, DevonWest Wales and The Valleys, East Wales, South Western Scotland, Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland

All information: http://atlanticarea.inescporto.pt/