The Black Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020 is part of European Union’s Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) under its European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).
ENI CBC receives funding from ENI as well as from the European Regional Development Fund and the Instrument for Pre-Accession which is pooled together. All sources of funding may be used on either side of the EU external border for actions of common benefit.
The Black Sea Basin ENI CBC programme 2014-2020 builds upon the previous cooperation framework, the Black Sea Basin ENPI CBC programme 2007-2013, under which 62 projects were awarded and implemented in 8 countries surrounding the Black Sea Basin.
As a result of the completed analytical and consultation process, the Black Sea Basin programme focuses on a set of objectives and priorities, reflecting the countries’ specific circumstances and requirements, as presented in the table below.
ENI Cross-Border Cooperation Black Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020 – Objectives and Priorities:
A number of important elements for successful, sustained and inclusive cross-border cooperation are supported as horizontal issues or modality to be deployed across any of the priorities. They include:
The Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin 2014-2020 has organised two Calls for Proposals during 2017-2018.The first call was launched on 31 January 2017 and the second call on 1 Octomber 2018.
The first meeting of the Joint Programming Committee – body responsible for the preparation of the Interreg NEXT (Neighbourhood External) Black Sea Basin Programme 2021-2027 – was held on the 29th of January 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. The eligible participating countries of the new Programme involves ten states from the Black Sea Basin: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine.
The new generation of projects to be funded under the Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin 2014-2020 has been approved by the Joint Monitoring Committee during the meeting held in Odessa, Ukraine, on 17th of September 2019.