ENPI

The 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral CrossBorder Cooperation initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The Programme objective is to promote the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with he common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential. It finances cooperation projects as a contribution to the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of the Mediterranean region. The following 14 countries participate in the Programme:  Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Syria (participation currently suspended), Tunisia. The Joint Managing Authority (JMA) is the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy). Official Programme languages are Arabic, English, French.

The European Union is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.

The second ENPI CBC call for standard projects was published in December 2011 tackling all 4 Programme Priorities and 10 related Measures. This last call under the 2007-2013 period witnessed a huge participation with 1095 proposals submitted. Further to a two-step selection procedure, 38 projects have been awarded a grant for a total value of € 65 million (€ 58 million ENPI contribution). Optimization of port logistics, conservation of natural and cultural heritage, support to job creation and improvement of youth mobility are some the answers proposed by project partnerships to the current challenges in the Mediterranean area.