IPA aims to support candidate countries and potential candidates in implementing the political, institutional, legal, administrative, social and economic reforms required to bring the countries closer to Union values and to progressively align to Union rules, standards, policies and practices with a view to Union membership.
Support for political reforms: strengthening of democratic institutions and the rule of law, including its implementation; promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms; the fight against corruption and organised crime; public administration reform and good governance; the development of civil society and social dialogue; reconciliation, peace building and confidence building measures. Support for economic, social and territorial development through: the achievement of Union standards in the economy and economic governance; economic reforms necessary to cope with competitive pressure and market forces within the Union, while pursuing economic, social and environmental goals; fostering employment and developing human capital; social and economic inclusion, in particular of minorities and vulnerable groups; development of physical capital, the improvement of connections with Union and regional networks. Strengthening of the ability of beneficiary countries to fulfill the obligations stemming from membership by supporting progressive alignment with and adoption, implementation and enforcement of the acquis communautaire, structural, cohesion, agricultural and rural development funds and policies of the Union. Regional integration and territorial cooperation involving beneficiary countries, Member States and, where appropriate, third countries within the scope of Regulation establishing a European Neighbourhood Instrument.
Funds are allocated according to strategy papers, which specify the priority areas selected for financing, objectives, the expected results, performance evaluation as well as indicative financial allocation.