Wednesday 25 October

Thursday 26 October

Friday 27 October
St James’ way (‘Camino de Santiago’) at the Interreg Annual Event 2023

8.30 – 9.00

Welcome coffee

9.00 – 9.15

Welcome address

9.15 – 11.00

Plenary session
2021-2027 Key Implementation questions

In order to help us focus this plenary session on “Key implementation issues” better, can you please send us your implementation-related questions, in the registration form, by the end of September

Plenary room

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

Parallel working sessions

Workshop 1 : Interreg for energy transition and energy communities : Sala de Eventos (Fontán building)
Border regions are living labs of European integration and must be at the core of the energy transition. Join the workshop to explore how Interreg funding can boost the energy transition in your border regions, securing green and affordable energy for citizens, and learn from the experience of cross-border energy communities and other cross-border energy projects. Speak your voice in an interactive session with experts and practitioners on the topic!

Workshop 2 : Unlock Interreg’s potential to promote skills : Workshop room CINC 3 (CINC building – first floor)
Learn, exchange, unlock your potential and get new skills by attending this workshop. On the occasion of the European Year of Skills, the session will highlight how Interreg contributes to skills development in large territories and border regions, how programmes can address skills shortages and retain the workforce. Share your skills !

Workshop 3 : Decarbonisation of transport: Interreg in motion against missing links : Room 10 (Fontán building)
Have you ever tried to cross a border in public transport? Whatever your reply, this session is made for you. How can we combine addressing cross-border missing links with the challenge to develop greener public transport? Inspiring guests in this workshop are here to give you the solution!

Workshop 4 : A better cooperation governance : Workshop room CINC 1 (CINC building – ground floor)
ISO1 is a novelty of the 2021-27 period and is used by many programmes. It has great potential to work on governance, capacity-building, obstacles and people-to-people actions. The objective of this workshop is to discuss the practical implementation of ISO1 and to inspire programmes regarding possibilities (through examples).

Workshop 5: Working on border obstacles: Focal Point, solutions, tools : Workshop room CINC 2 (CINC building – ground floor)
Border obstacles impact the lives of people in Europe’s border regions (e.g. cross-border labour market, education, mobility, access to services, including health). Solutions to border obstacles go beyond funding, but Interreg programmes can be important governance tools and funding instruments to work on such solutions.
Main objectives of the session are: Providing an overview on the agenda for border regions & major policy issues related to it; showing b-solutions as one approach to spot and work on concrete border-obstacles, discussing the need for complementary tools to come towards lasting consultation mechanisms.

13.00 – 14.30


14.30 – 18.00

Project visits

From 19.00

Visit of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (lasting 15 minutes in small groups)

20.00 – 23.00

Concert by Interreg band
Drink and walking dinner in the center of Santiago de Compostela

We will welcome you from 20.00 at the Hotel Monumento San Francisco, Campillo de, Costa de San Francisco, 3, 15705 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain

8.30 – 9.00

Welcome coffee

9.00 – 9.45

Opening by the Commissioner, the President of Xunta de Galicia and Spanish Government

Plenary room

9.45 – 11.30

Post 27 reflection in plenary session

Plenary room

11.30 – 12.00

Coffee break

12.00 – 13.30

Project Slam “Cooperation for skills”

Plenary room

13.30 – 14.00


14.00 – 15.00

Light lunch and goodbye drink

15.00 – 18.00

Networking time (on a voluntary basis)

Meeting of Heads of Managing Authorities and Heads of Joint Secretariats of Interreg transnational programmes : Led by Interact, this meeting offers for heads of Interreg transnational programmes, the opportunity to discuss their common issues. The meeting is part of the bi-annual meetings offered by Interact. The Agenda will be communicated separately to participants.
The networking meeting for transnational programmes will be organized in two distinct groups. If you are a member of the TN Heads Network, you will be registered in a meeting of this established network. If you work for a TN programme, but are not part of the TN Heads Network, you will be registered in a separate group that will exchange views on TN programme implementation.

Meeting of Interreg outermost regions programmes: Led by Interact, this meeting offers for Interreg outermost regions programmes, the opportunity to discuss their common issues. The Agenda will be communicated separately to participants.

Meeting of Interreg NEXT and Interreg ENI CBC programmes – CCG meeting: Led by TESIM, this meeting is an opportunity for Interreg NEXT and ENI CBC programmes to discuss ongoing issues. The Agenda will be communicated separately to participants.

Meeting of Interreg IPA programmes: Co-led by Interact and the EC, this meeting will bring together representatives from the Interreg IPA programmes, transnational programmes financed with IPA, and programmes contributing to the EUSAIR, and offer room for open discussion on the current implementation challenges and the possibilities of amplifying policy and political synergies. The Agenda will be communicated separately to the participants


For the sporty ones

Meeting point in Santiago City Centre at 08h00
Departure by Bus at 08h15 from Santiago de Compostela to Arca
From 08h45: last stretch of St James Way from Arca (O Pino).

  • Length: 20.2 Km
  • Estimated Duration: 5h10min

Arrival at the Cathedral : 14h20/15h.


Shorter option

Meeting point in Santiago City Centre at 12H00/12h15
Departure by Bus at 12h30 from Santiago de Compostela to Monte do Gozo
Itinerary: Monte do Gozo – Obradoiro
This group wait for the first group arriving from Arca.

  • Length: 4.7 Km
  • Estimated Duration: 1h 10min

Arrival at the Cathedral : 14h20/15h


Meeting of the different walking groups in Monte del Gozo and final stretch together to Santiago’s cathedral


Arrival at the Cathedral and pilgrims’ lunch