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European Commission - Press release

EU boosts regional cooperation and border management in the Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia

Brussels, 28 November 2011 - Today, the Commission adopted the second part of the 2011 regional action programme for the Eastern Neighbourhood. It will address challenges in a wide range of sectors relevant for the whole region, such as integrated border management, territorial cooperation, youth, climate change and transport.

Actions, among others, to be taken will consist of border management support on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border as well as the Moldavian-Ukrainian border; wider territorial cooperation programmes between border regions of the EU Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries; regional cooperation in the field of youth work; the fostering of improved climate change policies in the whole neighbourhood area and Russia and the provision of technical support to the beneficiary countries to improve the connection between the Trans-European Transport Network and EU's Eastern neighbours. The programme is worth €62.5 million.

European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle said: "Only by working together – internationally, regionally and with civil society –will we be able to meet the challenges faced by the entire region. I encourage all Eastern Partnership countries to work together in order to enhance cooperation in key policy areas such as transport, climate change or security. Today's support is a further step in this direction."

Faced with globalisation and progressive trade liberalisation, the countries in the eastern part of the European Neighbourhood and Russia are challenged to revitalise and diversify their economies while maintaining fiscal and macroeconomic stability. Issues such as climate change or programmes for young people are further pressing problems. Socially, most countries in the eastern part of the European Neighbourhood and Russia are faced with security issues either on their borders or inside the country.

By assisting beneficiary countries in focusing on common challenges, a regional approach by the EU has the potential to increase confidence among partner countries, thus promoting increased security, stability, and prosperity in the region. This corresponds also to the objectives laid out in the new European neighbourhood Policy Communication (issued on 25 May 2011) concerning the EU's aim to build effective regional partnerships within the European Neighbourhood Policy.

More to follow

Background:

The EU policy responses to the challenges of the ENPI East region are guided by the European Neighbourhood Policy, the Eastern Partnership and the bilateral relations between the EU and each of the countries.

The Eastern Partnership adds a new multilateral dimension to the co-operation between the EU and the six Eastern Partners. It introduces a new co-operation framework based on four policy Platforms; namely on democracy, good governance and stability; economic integration and convergence with EU policies; energy security; and contacts between people, with the aim of bringing the partners closer to the EU.

It also establishes a Civil Society Forum. Finally it foresees the launch of a number of flagship initiatives in the following areas: Integrated Border Management; support to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs); Civil Protection; Electricity interconnections /Energy efficiency /Renewable Energy Sources and Environmental Governance. Implementation of the Eastern Partnership multilateral dimension in the framework of the ENPI Regional East Programme 2010-2013 will amount to approximately €350 million.

EU support to Flagship Initiatives will come mainly in the form of projects in the framework of the Regional East Programme 2010-2013. Alongside these new initiatives, continuous support will be provided to existing regional initiatives on energy and transport such as INOGATE and TRACECA.

On the programme:

With a total allocation of €62.5 million, the ENPI East Regional Action Programme 2011 part II will attempt to address challenges in the following areas: 1) integrated border management; 2) territorial cooperation; 3) youth; 4) climate change; and 5) transport.

The detailed breakdown of the financing per specific programme is as follows:

Strengthening Surveillance Capacity on the "Green" and "Blue" Border between the Republic of Belarus and Ukraine

€2.6 million

Enhancement of the border management capabilities at the Ninotsminda-Bavra BCP between Georgia and Armenia

€2.9 million

European Union Border Assistance Mission to the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine EUBAM 9

€21 million

EaP Territorial Cooperation Support Programme 2011

€5.5 million

Regional Youth Programme in Eastern Partnership Countries

€5.5 million

CLIMA East: Supporting Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in ENP East countries and Russia

€18 million

TRACECA Transport Dialogue and Networks Interoperability II

€4 million

TRACECA Maritime Safety and Security II

€3 million

Total amount of the action programme

62.5 million

For more information:

ENPI Info Centre:

http://www.enpi-info.eu/index.php

On the European Neighbourhood Policy:

http://ec.europa.eu/world/enp/index_en.htm

On the ENPI Regional Cooperation East:

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/neighbourhood/regional-cooperation/enpi-east/index_en.htm

Contacts :

Peter Stano (+32 2 295 74 84)

Anca Paduraru (+32 2 296 64 30)


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