European Neighbourghood Instrument

  • External Relations and Foreign Affairs
  • Justice, Fundamental Rights and Home Affairs
BUDGET: € 15 432,63 million (2013 prices)
  • Establishing an area of prosperity and good neighbourliness involving the European Union and the neighbors’ countries and territories by developing a special relationship;
  • Union support shall be used for the benefit of partner countries and can also be used for the common benefit of EU and partner countries;
  • Union founding may also be used for the purpose of enabling the Russian Federation to participate in Cross- Border Cooperation and in relevant multi-country programmes,to reflect the specific status of the Russia Federation as both a Union neighbour and a strategic partner in the region.
  • Enhancing political cooperation and progressive economic integration between the Union and the partner countries (in particular the implementation of partnership and cooperation agreements, association agreements or other existing and future agreements and jointly agreed action plans);
  • Promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rule of low, principles of equality, establishing deep and sustainable democracy, promoting good governance and developing a thriving civil society including social partners;
  • Achieving progressive integration into the Union internal market and enhanced sector and cross-sectoral co-operation including through legislative approximation and regulatory convergence towards Union and other relevant international standards, related institutions building and investments, notably in interconnections; creating conditions for well managed mobility of people and promotion of people-to- people contacts;
  • Sustainable and inclusive development in all aspects, poverty reduction, including through private-sector development;
  • Promotion of internal economic, social and territorial cohesion, rural development, climate action and disaster resilience;
  • Promoting confidence building and other measures contributing to security and the prevention and settlement of conflicts;
  • Enhancing sub-regional, regional and Neigbourhood wide collaboration as well as Cross-Border Cooperation. Target countries: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, The Republic of Moldova, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine, Russia.
  • In duly justified circumstances and to ensure the coherence and effectiveness of Union financing or to foster regional or trans-regional cooperation, the European Commission may decide to extend the eligibility of actions to countries, territories and regions which otherwise would not be eligible for financing.

Decentralised institutions and entities in partner countries and regions; mixed organizations; international and regional organizations; international financial institutions; european institutions and agencies to a certain extent; non-governmental players.


Bilateral programmes covering support to one partner country; multi-country programmes which address challenges common to all or a number of partner countries, and regional and sub-regional cooperation between two or more partner countries, and which may include cooperation with the Russian Federation; Cross-Border Cooperation programmes addressing cooperation between one or more Member States on the one hand and one or more partner countries and/or the Russian Fedaration on the other hand taking place along their shared part of the external border of EU.

  1. Co-financing shall amount to at least 10 % of the Community contribution to the joint operational programme, minus the amount of technical assistance financed from the Community contribution.
  2. Where possible, co-financing shall be distributed in a balanced way throughout the duration of the programme in such a way that the minimum objective of 10 % is achieved by the end of the programme.
RESPONSIBLE BODY: DG developement and cooperation
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