Priorities & Measures
The Black Sea JOP covers three priorities and a technical assistance component. Each of the three priorities is further broken down in a number of Measures, as presented in the following table:
Priority 1: Supporting cross border partnerships for economic and social development based on common resources
- Measure 1.1:Strengthening accessibility and connectivity for new intra- regional information, communication, transport and trade links
- Measure 1.2: Creation of tourism networks in order to promote joint tourism development initiatives and traditional products
- Measure 1.3: Creation of administrative capacity for the design and implementation of local development policies
Priority 2: Sharing resources and competencies for environmental protection and conservation
- Measure 2.1: Strengthening the joint knowledge and information base needed to address common challenges in the environmental protection of river and maritime systems
- Measure 2.2: Promoting research, innovation and awareness in the field of conservation and environmental protection for protected natural areas
- Measure 2.3: Promotion of cooperation initiatives aimed at innovation in technologies and management of solid waste and wastewater management systems
Priority 3: Supporting cultural and educational networks for the establishment of a common cultural environment in the Basin
- Measure 3.1: Promoting cultural networking and educational exchange in the Black Sea Basin communities.
The technical assistance will focus on two measures:
- Programme management and implementation
- Information, promotion and project generation activities
To have a better idea regarding the type of projects eligible for funding under each measure mentioned above, please refer to the Black sea Programme Documents.
The following regions or countries form the eligible area of the Black Sea Programme:
- Bulgaria: NUTS II regions of Severoiztochen and Yugoiztochen
- Greece: NUTS II regions of Kentriki Makedonia, Anatoliki Makedonia and Thraki
- Romania: NUTS II region of South-East
- Turkey: NUTS II equivalent regions of Istanbul, Tekirdağ, Kocaeli, Zonguldak, Kastamonu, Samsun and Trabzon (More precisely: NUTS II equivalent regions of TR10 (İstanbul), TR21 (Tekirdağ, Edirne, Kırklareli), TR42 (Kocaeli, Sakarya, Düzce, Bolu, Yalova), TR81 (Zonguldak, Karabük, Bartın), TR82 (Kastamonu, Çankırı, Sinop), TR83 (Samsun, Tokat, Çorum, Amasya) and TR90 (Trabzon, Ordu, Giresun, Rize, Artvin, Gümüşhane)
- Ukraine: Odessa, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Zaporosh’ye and Donetsk Oblasts, Crimea Republic and Sevastopol
- Armenia, Georgia, R. Moldova: all regions
The following paragraphs summarize the type of entities that can apply under the various measures of the Black Sea JOP:
Priority 1 – Supporting cross border partnerships for economic and social development based on common resources.
Indicative applicants for this Priority are local and regional administrations, development agencies, NGOs active in local development, associations of agricultural producers and fishermen, public agencies active in the fields of business promotion etc.
Priority 2 – Sharing resources and competencies for environmental protection and conservation.
Indicative applicants for this Priority are local and regional administrations, NGOs active in environmental protection and conservation, research and higher education institutions and environmental protection agencies etc.
Priority 3 – Supporting cultural and educational networks for the establishment of a common cultural environment in the Basin.
Indicative applicants for this Priority are local and regional administrations, NGOs active in the cultural and social areas, cultural and educational institutions etc.
The Joint Management Authority (JMA) and the Joint Technical Secretariat (JTS) will be the direct beneficiaries of the Technical Assistance measures.
For more specific information regarding the eligibility of an entity to apply for the programme, please refer to the guidelines for applicants.
Eligibility of Projects
In order for a Project proposal to be eligible for financing under the Black Sea JOP, the project must be dropping into one of the following categories:
1.Integrated projects with different activities in several countries that jointly achieve a certain objective having a cross border impact;
2.Symmetrical projects with the same activities in all countries participating in the project;
3.Single projects, implemented mainly or entirely in a single partner-country but having a cross-border impact.
- Projects should always have a cross-border impact.
- Priority will be given to integrated projects.
- The recommended financial size and the number of partners involved in each project partnership will be defined in the calls for proposals.
The projects will be implemented by partnerships that will always involve partners from both EU Member States and non-EU partner countries. The participation of Turkish partners is only possible in tripartite projects involving at least one partner from a Member State and one partner from Armenia, Georgia, R. Moldova or Ukraine .
All partnerships will be led by a Beneficiary / Lead Partner responsible for financial management of the project in question and signing a contract on behalf of the partnership with the JMA. For Turkey special procedures will be established based on the IPA rules of implementation.