Balkan - Mediterranean
Commission adopts a transnational cooperation programme for the Balkan-Mediterranean area for the first time
The first EU Transnational Cooperation Programme for the “Balkan-Mediterranean”, covering the Balkan Peninsula and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, was adopted today. Bringing together three EU countries (Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus) and two candidate countries (Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), it will focus on two priorities: boosting the competitiveness of the regional economy through entrepreneurship and innovation, and protecting the environment.
Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy said: “This programme has been created out of a strong will of the participating countries to pool resources together and tackle joint challenges. By cooperating to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, the region can increase its attractiveness for investors and business. I wish the countries every success in setting up this cooperation, and supporting projects that will capitalise on the regional strengths and assets”.
The projects funded under the programme will foster entrepreneurial, social and digital innovation, establish linkages between business and education, and enable the exchange of knowledge between the regions. Investments under the second priority will ensure a sustainable use of resources and preservation of natural and cultural heritage across the whole Balkan-Mediterranean region.
Over €28 million from the European Regional Development Fund and more than €5 million from the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance will be allocated to the programme. With national co-financing included, the total budget of the programme amounts to almost €40 million.
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by reducing imbalances between its regions. The ERDF will invest more than 199 billion euro in the regions of Europe throughout 2014-2020.
The Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) gives financial and technical help to support reforms in the accession countries. The IPA funds build up the capacities of those countries, resulting in progressive, positive developments in the region. For the period 2014-2020, IPA has a budget of some €11.7 billion.
The BalkanMed Programme is still waiting for its formal approval by the European Commission, but that doesn't mean you can't start preparing your project proposal already!
The draft version of the 1st Call for Project Proposals, along with important documents like the Programme Manual and the Project Selection Criteria, are available.
Check out the documents and start preparing your project idea and build your partnership.
The Call will officially open as soon as the Programme is adopted by the European Commission.
A provisional BalkanMed Programme website, providing information on the programme and the anticipated 1st Call for Project Proposals, has been officially launched. You may find it at https://sites.google.com/site/interregbalkanmed.
Please note that it will be replaced by the official BalkanMed website as soon as possible.
The “Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020” is a new cooperation programme, deriving from the strong will of the “Balkan-Mediterranean” participating countries to promote cooperation in the area. The programme brings together five (5) countries, three (3) EU member states (Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece) and two (2) candidate countries, Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
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- Balkan - Mediterranean: The MA of ETC Programmes is elected Managing Authority of the "Balkan-Mediterranean" Programme