Marius Niculae

The letter Ares no.(2013) 3771328/19-12-2013 of the EC Commissioner for Regional and Urban Policy addressed the Greek Minister of Development & Competitiveness Mr. K. Hatzidakis and proposed the setting up of a new transnational programme for 2014-2020 named Balkan-Mediterranean Programme.

This programme is one of the three successors of the current South East Europe (2007-2013). Following the 1st task force meeting in Thessaloniki on the 11th of February, 2014, Greece was chosen to host the Programme’s Managing Authority.

The participating countries agreed that the “Balkan-Mediterranean” Programme shall promote economic, social, environmental and institutional cohesion and development by improving socio-economic competitiveness and institutional capacity in the regions. The Programme’s thematic priorities are Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Thematic Objectives 3 and 10) and Environment (Thematic Objectives 6 and 11). The new Programme’s global ERDF contribution is 28,3 million euros, while the IPA input amounts to 5,1 million euros. The Programme has been widely discussed with relevant regional stakeholders during several rounds of public consultations. The draft text of the Programme used in the consultations is available here. The Balkan-Mediterranean Programme was also presented in the SEE Annual Event 2014. The Programme was submitted to the European Commission on 22 September 2014 and is awaiting approval in 2015.

PROGRAMME TASK FORCE

The main decision-making body for the establishment and development of the Balkan-Mediterranean Programme is the Programme task force. Ministerial representatives from all participating countries constitute this body and oversee the design of the programme. The first task force meeting for the preparation of the programme took place on 11th February 2014 in Thessaloniki. Consequent meetings were held on 23 May 2014 in Sofia (Bulgaria) and on 19 August 2014 in Nicosia (Cyprus). The Hellenic Managing Authority of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes was unanimously elected as the Managing Authority of the new“Balkan-Mediterranean” Transnational Programme already at the first task force meeting. It was at that meeting that the details for subcontracting programme drafting, ex-ante and SEA evaluation were agreed, as well. GEOGRAPHICAL SCOPE
The Balkan-Mediterranean Programme will cover 5 countries:

  • Albania
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Greece
  • For more info please access the following link: http://www.southeast-europe.net/en/about_see/balkanmediterranean/

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