Interreg Volunteers Initiative (IVY)

Project title: Interreg Volunteers Initiative (IVY) -
Project number: CCI 2017CE160AT
Project starting date: 1 March 2017
Project end date: 28 February 2018
Project duration: 12 months

Background Information:

The Interreg Volunteer Youth (IVY) initiative is part of the broader European Solidarity Corps Initiative launched by the European Commission and announced by President Juncker in his State of the Union Speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 14 September 2016.

This initiative is co-financed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional & Urban Policy.

What & When:

IVY officially started on 1st March 2017 and is a 1-year pilot action to offer the possibility to young Europeans aged 18-30 to serve as volunteers in the cross-border, transnational or interregional programmes and related projects. Each experience is between 2 and 6 month long.

IVY Agreement was officially signed in Brussels on 15th March 2017


The initiative is aimed at involving young volunteers to support, promote and report the concrete achievements of Interreg programmes and projects, as well as generally promote cooperation across European borders and related values such as solidarity. The IVY will give volunteers the opportunity to familiarise with the Interreg programmes and projects, make them aware of the many benefits of collaboration among EU internal borders as well as enhance their sense of European solidarity, citizenship and civic engagement. Moreover, thanks to the IVY, volunteers will acquire a unique experience of personal growth as well as enhancing and gaining skills that they can employ in their future experiences.

How & Who:

The IVY is structured around two main strands: 

1. the Interreg Project Partners, that will help with Interreg project implementation focusing on specific aspects or difficulties to be solved in fields such as solidarity projects, people to people projects, health projects, community-based projects, projects focusing on the social dimension of Interreg cooperation. The Interreg Project Partner will therefore be deployed in the territory of one of the Interreg project beneficiaries;

2. the Interreg Reporters that will help with disseminating information on the benefit of territorial integration on the ground, through reporting successful Interreg projects. The Interreg Reporter will therefore be deployed either in the offices of the Interreg Managing Authorities and/or the Interreg Joint Secretariats.

Support and visibility through volunteering are the leitmotiv of this initiative.​

The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) has the great pleasure and honour to manage the IVY on behalf of the European Commission because of its great experience in the field of EU project management, its wide network across most European borders as well as its interest to support European youth and boost values such as solidarity and cooperation among Europeans of all ages.

More Information:

For more information about IVY, please contact: and visit:

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