INTERREG : SPAQuE’s « RAWFILL » project is on track.

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The « RAWFILL » project has made it through the first selection round of the INTERREG North-West Europe 2014-2020 programme. The aim of the project – led by SPAQuE and involving public and private partners from Belgium, the UK, France and Germany – is to develop a specific methodology to assess the economic potential of waste dumps. The next stage in the process is to submit a detailed description of the project, for examination at the end of June.

In late 2015, SPAQuE submitted an initial proposal for its « RAWFILL » project to the European INTERREG cross-border cooperation programme authorities. The aim of the project is to develop a specific methodology to assess the economic potential of waste dumps in Western Europe. Ultimately, the ambition is to stimulate the recovery of materials from these waste dumps (metals, organic matter and minerals) as part of efforts to support the development of the circular economy.

Potential INTERREG projects have to go through a two-stage selection process. With « RAWFILL » having successfully passed the first stage (approval of the project content), SPAQuE is now preparing to submit a comprehensive description of the project by the deadline of 30 June 2016.

INTERREG in brief

The INTERREG North-West Europe 2014-2020 programme is part of the European’s Union’s cohesion policy. Its aim is to build on transnational cooperation between key stakeholders in the eight countries concerned (Belgium, north-western France, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, south-western Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), with a view to reducing inequalities between regions. The programme seeks to make the economy of North-West Europe more competitive while promoting sustainable, balanced development across the region.

The 2014-2020 programme covers three main themes : innovation, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and effective use of resources and raw materials.