ENI CBC MED Programme 2014-2020
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ENI CBC MED Programme 2014-2020

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) aims to develop a special relationship between the EU and each of its partner countries, contributing to the development of an area of shared security, prosperity and good neighbourliness. To this end, the EU has been working hand in hand with its Mediterranean partners to design cooperation programmes that take into account each country’s specific needs and features.
Cross-border cooperation (CBC) has an essential role to play in the general ENP policy context. It is distinct from other forms of cooperation by virtue of operating for the benefit of both sides of the EU’s external borders, and it draws on funding from both external and internal headings of the EU budget. CBC programmes between EU member states and Neighbourhood partners are among the types of programmes supported by ENI, which builds on lessons learnt from the ENPI CBC Programmes.
Managing Authority:             The Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy).
Branch offices:                        Valencia (Spain)
            Aqaba (Jordan)
Programme languages: English, French and Arabic;
Project languages:     English or French.
EU Grant:                     90% EU contribution
                                    10% Project financing
Programme budget
EC Funding 
Co-financing rate (in %) (c)
Total funding
(d) = (a)+(b)
The eligible counties in this programme are:
Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Syria*, Tunisia, Turkey and United Kingdom.
To note that some countries only have regions which are eligible to participate, rather than the whole country.
* At the time of approval of the Joint Operational Programme, CBC cooperation between the EU and Syria is suspended.

Overarching Objectives, Thematic Objectives and Priorities

The General Objective of the ENI CBC MED 2014-2020 is to foster fair, equitable and sustainable economic, social and territorial development, which may advance cross-border integration and valorise participating countries’ territories and values.
Two Overarching Objectives – which are consistent with the needs of the territories of the Programmes – have been selected out of the three proposed by the Programming Document:
A - Promote economic and social development
B - Address common challenges in the environment
In line with the Overarching Objectives of the Programme, four Thematic Objectives have been singled out from the list of ten such objectives, provided by the Programming Document to form the backbone of the ENI CBC Med Strategy. These four Thematic objectives are considered most relevant and appropriate to consolidate the cooperation initiated through the Programme 2007-2013. They are:
A.1 - Business and SME development
A.2 - Support to education, research, technological development and innovation
A.3 - Promotion of social inclusion and the fight against poverty
B.4 - Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation

Type of Projects and Calls

The type of projects and calls are as specified as follows:
The standard projects will have a demonstration character, providing pilot examples in a specific field of expertise, while ensuring networking among relevant stakeholders.
The strategic projects will guarantee a deeper focus on emerging needs identified by Terms of References approved by the JMC. They will support an extended impact on the selected priorities and a clear contribution to EU and national policies in the region.
The capitalisation projects will promote the exploitation and/or widest dissemination of the successful practices and results of previously financed projects.
More specific criteria on the implementation of project activities, will be defined in the Guidelines for Applicants for each call for proposals.
The following specifications are adopted for the different type of calls:
Minimum ceiling EU contribution
Maximum ceiling EU contribution
Minimum countries in partnership
Minimum MPC in partnership
Recommended maximum nr. of beneficiaries
Maximum beneficiaries from same country
Maximum duration[1]
3 years
4 years
1-2 years
Project Beneficiaries
The Programme is open to public and private bodies established in the participating countries, and international organisations, in accordance with the provisions of the ENI Regulation and ENI-CBC Implementing Rules, and with the other applicable EU and national legal frameworks.
Private entities must comply with their national rules and the EU rules on State Aid. The conditions and modalities of their participation will be specified in the Guidelines for Applicants in each call for proposals.
The Joint Monitoring Committee, through the calls for proposals, can focus on certain categories of eligible actors, according to the different thematic objectives and priorities concerned.

For further information on the programme, please visit the programme website on https://www.enicbcmed.eu/​

       Annex I
       Annex II
Annual Implementation Reports

Contact Information:

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Malta's National Contact Point
Funds and Programme Division
The Oaks Business Centre,
Block B,
Triq Farsons,
Ħamrun  HMR 1321

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2555 2616