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Answer – Cross-border cooperation programmes – E-000481/2016

Two European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) Cross-Border Cooperation programmes in the EU Neighbourhood South were adopted in December 2015, i.e. the Italy-Tunisia programme and the Mediterranean programme with a total budget for the period 2014-2020 of EUR 33.35 million and EUR 209.05 million respectively. The Italy-Tunisia and Med Sea programmes will focus their cooperation on (i) Business and SME development, (ii) Support to education, research, technological development and innovation, and (iii) Environmental protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation. In addition, the Med Sea programme will also promote social inclusion and fight against poverty.

Given the situation in Syria and Libya these countries cannot participate in the Med Sea programmes. This could however be reconsidered in case of real progress towards stability in any of these countries.

Local and regional authorities — as well as organisations from the private not-for-profit sector — in the eligible regions of the countries participating in these programmes will be invited to participate in the calls for proposals that will be launched during the programmes’ implementation period. The first calls are likely to be published during the autumn 2016.

The projects that will be selected for funding shall be implemented jointly by partners from at least one Member State and at least one partner country. These projects will have a clear cross-border impact bringing tangible benefits to the concerned regions on both sides of the EU border.