European Neighbourhood Instrument Cross-Border Cooperation (ENI CBC) is building on the achievements of its predecessor, ENPI CBC,  which has generated 7.000 applications, involving over 37.000 organisations and leading to the approval of nearly 1.000 projects.

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What are the ENI CBC Programmes?

What are the ENI CBC Programmes?

A total of 15 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.

OBJECTIVES OF THE ENI CBC PROGRAMMES

Building on these achievements, ENI CBC promotes cooperation under the following objectives:

  • To promote economic and social development in regions on both sides of common borders
  • To address common challenges in environment, public health, safety and security
  • For promotion of better conditions and modalities for ensuring the mobility of persons, goods and capital.

“The most interesting thing is to work with so many different countries and to see how, despite all difficulties and obstacles, you manage to find a solution and to take a step forward.

It is very rewarding to observe all the goodwill the participating countries invest into these programmes, and you really get a feeling that you contribute to something that will be useful in the regions where the projects will be carried out. We believe that this will indeed lead to some positive results for people in the border regions which are often very poor, and that is a big accomplishment in itself.”

Ms Bodil Persson, DG NEAR, European Commission

PROGRAMME STRATEGIES

Building on the main ENI CBC objectives, the strategy for each of the 15 programmes is built around up to 4 of the following themes:

  1. BUSINESS AND SME DEVELOPMENT
  2. SUPPORT TO EDUCATION, RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION
  3. PROMOTION OF LOCAL CULTURE AND PRESERVATION OF HISTORICAL HERITAGE
  4. PROMOTION OF SOCIAL INCLUSION AND FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY
  5. SUPPORT TO LOCAL AND REGIONAL GOOD GOVERNANCE
  6. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, AND CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION
  7. IMPROVEMENT OF ACCESSIBILITY TO THE REGIONS, DEVELOPMENT OF SUSTAINABLE AND CLIMATE-PROOF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION NETWORKS AND SYSTEMS
  8. COMMON CHALLENGES IN THE FIELD OF SAFETY AND SECURITY
  9. PROMOTION OF AND COOPERATION ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY SECURITY
  10. PROMOTION OF BORDER MANAGEMENT, BORDER SECURITY AND MOBILITY
  11. OTHER AREAS LIKELY TO HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL CROSS-BORDER IMPACT

ENI CBC Programming Document

ENI CBC Stories

Find out more about the positive impact of ENI CBC projects on the lives of people living on both sides of the external border of the EU! From creating business opportunities and new jobs, to making our regions more sustainable and providing innovative and accessible social services on the external borders…there are many stories to tell!

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.

Sport, food, cultural heritage: a tourist trail across the Bug river

Any river has duality built into it. Rivers can separate two shores, but also connect two coasts. Rivers can split two municipalities, regions or even countries; but they also bond communities curious enough to discover each other. This duality is very much true for the river Bug, as for more than 360 kilometres – out of its 778 km total length – it is the border between EU (Poland) and its neighbours (Ukraine and Belarus).

The Road Show stops with the Neighborhood youth

Eyes on the youth!  On 7 and 8 November the “Interreg Youth Road Show” headed to the Southeast Mediterranean, bringing around 30 representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament to meet the youth of Thessaloniki and Serres (Greece). Four Interreg programmes took a chance to showcase their youth project in vocational training, employability, entrepreneurship, and environmental education. The trip’s itinerary included – for the first time! – an ENI CBC project “ZeroWasteBSB”. Its partners from Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Greece focus on zero waste practices and awareness-raising activities to minimize marine litter in the Black Sea Basin. The Greek partner – ANTIGONE – carried out a cycle of educational activities in several schools in Thessaloniki, and during the “Interreg Youth Road Show” we were able to appreciate the results of their work with youth.

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