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Neighbourhood external cooperation programmes


Borders may be obstacles, but also opportunities. Borders may separate, but they can also connect. The external borders across the European Union are an inspiration for people to work together and make the territories on both sides greener, more prosperous, more connected, and more inclusive. The cooperation across the EU external borders aims at improving the living conditions of regional communities, by finding common solutions to common challenges.


  • 23 Member States and Partner Countries
  • 7 Interreg NEXT programmes
  • EUR 735 million EU funds (current allocation)
  • Over 2.000 km of 5 land borders
  • 2 sea basins
  • 1 sea crossing
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Towards a circular economy in the South

How can waste reprocessing favour a circular economy and a sustainable future? Environmental considerations are at the forefront of Interreg NEXT priorities: regulations ask all programmes to devote 30% of the budget to contribute to climate targets. But making use of waste to promote a green, circular economy was also high on the agenda of ENI CBC: at the end of the programming cycle, it turns out that research was key to waste reconditioning, and it has favoured innovative solutions which are now opening market opportunities and boosting employment. The idea of a system where materials never become waste, is gaining space.

How to change cooperation after 2027?

«Is living next to a border an opportunity or a disadvantage?», «What would be the cooperation project of your dreams?» These are some of the questions that citizens and organisations involved in cooperation across EU’s external borders will be invited to answer in the coming months. In preparing for the post-2027 Interreg programmes, the European Commission has launched a twofold consultation process, to gather suggestions as to what shape Interreg should take in the next programming cycle.

Ukraine, the solidarity continues on the way to accession

It was February 24, 2022, and suddenly everything changed. Since the beginning of the Russian aggression to Ukraine, ENI CBC programmes multiplied their efforts to sustain in a way or another the tens of thousands of refugees and displaced people flooding the country and its neighbours. Projects’ efforts were not spared to feed, host, care for a population on the run. Different structures were converted into shelters, training or health centres opened the doors to fleeing families. At the same time, ENI CBC managing structures were struggling to keep afloat the on-going projects.

Joining forces for health care

Eight million inhabitants living in ten border regions across four countries: this is the area supported by the Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine (HSRU) ENI CBC Programme, a largely rural environment, where a decreasing, aging population is troubled by a higher unemployment rate and a lower economic performance compared to the national averages. In border regions, people health status is in general less favourable than in central ones, particularly for the most impoverished categories. Socioeconomically precarious citizens are always the most vulnerable, but a big segment of the population at large does not lead a health-conscious lifestyle, neither seems aware of the role of prevention. All the more reason to invest in the development of health infrastructure, services, trainings programmes, prevention activities, general public awareness. That is why – when the 2014-2020 programming cycle started – the territorial cooperation between European countries and their neighbours decided to put the health care of inhabitants from the border regions among its priorities. It was crucial to devote cooperation efforts to improve the availability and level of health services and preventive activities, and since 2014 “we have supported the implementation of health projects with 12,3 million €  – says Nikoletta Horvàth, deputy head of the programme’s Managing Authority – which represent close to 20% of the total available funds”. 

For a responsible use of Nordic Forests

OULU – Arctic forests are not doing well: growth is decreasing, cuttings are increasing, and in the last 20 years trees have gradually absorbed less and less carbon. Exploring the legacy of the ENI CBC northern cluster programmes, TESIM has decided to dig into one of the topics the programmes have extensively dealt with. Because the alarm for Arctic forests is high.

Next Programmes

Seven Interreg NEXT (Neighbourhood External) programmes have been approved in 2022, for a (current) envelope of 735 million EUR. Five of them involve Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, highlighting the key role of the Eastern partners in facing the consequences of the Russian aggression. Cooperation in the South remains also a priority for the Union.

ENI CBC Programmes

A total of 16 programmes will be implemented under ENI CBC. They cover 12 land borders, one sea crossing and three sea basins, stretching from Finland and Russia in the north, to countries like Hungary and the Ukraine in the east, and Italy, Northern Africa and the Middle East in the south.
Here you will find news and information on each programme, including the programme strategy and participating countries.

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ENI CBC/Interreg NEXT enhance cooperation between EU Member States and Neighbouring countries

3 days ago

🌊The #Eu 𝗠𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗼-𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗲𝗮 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝘆𝘀, organised by EU REGIO Interreg and DG MARE, will take place on 12 and 13 June in #brussels. The event will be a communication and networking platform for the seven strategies, enhancing coordination among participating countries, stakeholders, presidencies and representatives of the EU institutions.Details of the agenda 👇Interreg NEXT MED Programme Black Sea Basin CBC Interreg VI A NEXT Hungary Slovakia Romania Ukraine Interreg NEXT Romania-Republica Moldova Interreg NEXT Romania-Ukraine Programme Italie Tunisie IEV CTThe 𝟱𝘁𝗵 𝗘𝗨 𝗠𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗼-𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗲𝗮 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝘆𝘀 is coming your way this summer, fully onsite in Brussels! 🇧🇪 The event will cover both the 4️⃣ Macro-regional strategies and the 3️⃣ Sea Basin Strategies, focusing on cooperation and present and future synergies. Don't miss out! Register now and join us in Brussels 👉 #Strategies4Cooperation ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

Our first 𝔾𝕠𝔽𝕠𝕣ℂ𝕠𝕠𝕡𝕖𝕣𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 week for 🇺🇦Ukrainian potential applicants is over!👥The trainings on building partnerships and on project development - including problem analysis and intervention logic, as well as budget planning - were highly appreciated by the participants. Our training has raised a lot of interest and 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝘀 for the organisations still on a waiting list to attend.💻We'd like to remind potential applicants from 🇺🇦Ukraine that our 𝔾𝕠𝔽𝕠𝕣ℂ𝕠𝕠𝕡𝕖𝕣𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺 contains useful video tutorials with UA subtitles on each step of project development, on partnership building and on budget planning 👉 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

In view of the #InterregNEXT calls for proposals open under Black Sea Basin CBC, #tesim will support the Programme in holding 4️⃣ online 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝘂𝗺 𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 to give potential applicants an opportunity to find suitable partners, to exchange project ideas, as well as to share information and tips on finding partners and building partnerships.JOIN the thematic sessions on 17, 18, 19 and 22 April 2024.Registration and details 👉 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

As two #InterregNEXT calls for proposal are open in the south (Interreg NEXT MED Programme and Programme Italie Tunisie IEV CT), our first 𝔾𝕠𝔽𝕠𝕣ℂ𝕠𝕠𝕡𝕖𝕣𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 week (in French), held on 3-5 April, gathered potential applicants from 🇹🇳Tunisia.The practical, highly interactive trainings focused on:📋Intervention logic, including deliverables, outputs and results🧩Sound project workplan 💶Budget planning Potential applicants who didn't managed to join our French week can visit our updated 𝗚𝗼𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗖𝗼𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺 which has video tutorials on project development, partnership building and budget definition: 👉 ... See MoreSee Less
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