About the project

The TSE project is a partnership of three public authorities, Gent (B), Rotterdam (NL) and Southampton (UK) who are working together to (a) look at the most important factors in social inclusion; (b) to bring together professionals who work to combat social exclusion (both directly and indirectly) and to (c) test innovative methods of improving the position of those who suffer from exclusion in every day life.

The project aims to solve common problems identified by the partners, improving services that are delivered to the public and providing a record of successful projects, policies and schemes which are transferable to the wider 2 Seas programme (http://www.interreg4a-2mers.eu/en/) area and beyond. TSE also compliments a number of EU policies and initiatives and seeks to demonstrate the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) in a local, practical way. The partners all have differing strengths in certain areas of social inclusion which the other partners in the project can benefit from and test out. This project should also provide a foundation on which further co-operation between the urban areas could flourish.

TSE is funded by the subsidy programme “INTERREG IV A – 2 Seas” of the European Union and is a cross-border co-operation between France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Flanders for the period of 2007-2010.

Lead Partner: Southampton City Council, UK
Duration: January 2009 until December 2011
Total Budget: 2,310,100 €
ERDF funding: 1,154,150 €
Grant rate: 49.96%
Programme Priority: Priority 3 – Improving quality of life
Operational objective: b. Improve the quality of services to the population, including mobility and health care facilities.