Interact has a number of key tools and services that define the programme, and its contribution. In the 2021-2027 period these services are often referred to as Operations of Strategic Importance (OSI).
Interact defines it's OSIs as the tools it develops to promote Harmonisation and Simplification (HIT, Jems, Index, Interact Academy) as well as tools that promote the achievement of Interreg (Interreg.eu, keep.eu). In addition, other special formats of activities, such as the Interreg Knowledge Fair are detailed below.
You can find more information about each tool on the links below.
Harmonised Implementation Tools
HIT stands for Harmonised Implementation Tools. These tools are the harmonised, best-practice templates and tools for Interreg programmes.
HIT is the harmonised and simplified approach to programme management and covers the full life-cycle of projects, from template application forms, to project closure reports.
Joint Electronic Monitoring System
The Joint Electronic Monitoring System, or Jems, is the harmonised monitoring and reporting software for Interreg developed by Interact. It is available on a free-license basis. Programmes can take Jems ‘as is’, or they can customize to their needs.
52 license agreements have been signed to use Jems in 2021-2027, meaning it supports the monitoring of most programmes in the current period.
The Interact Academy offers certified trainings and short courses designed specifically for Interreg. These learning interventions aim to quickly equip Interreg programme managers with enhanced skills and knowledge – enabling them to be more confident and efficient in their roles.
The basis of a certified training is a cohort of around 25 people. These participants learn together, helping participants to build their own network of like-minded professionals at a similar stage of their careers.
Interreg Data Exchange
Index enables programmes using HIT to exchange data earlier in the process than is otherwise possible – as it focuses on application stage data.
By sharing data this way, programmes are able to see how other programmes are tackling shared challenges. They can spot potentials for synergies and cooperation, and facilitate joint actions for events and partner searches within their shared territory.
Interreg Knowledge Fair
The Interreg Knowledge Fair is a methodology used by Interact to enable programmes to exchange information and practices. The first knowledge fair held in May 2023 focused on the Project life cycle, at the start of the programme period.
The second edition takes place in Riga, Latvia, from 5 - 7 March, and will focus on Interreg Post 2027. More information is available on the event page.