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Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine ENPI Cross-border Cooperation Programme

2007-2013

The overall aim of the Programme is to promote activities with the support of the European Union which will lead to a more intense and deeper social and economic cooperation between regions of Ukraine and regions of Member States sharing common border. With the assistance of European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) funds we attempt to enhance the joint development of the Programme area by stimulating cross-border partnerships. We will keep you informed about the latest news in the Programme, with emphasis on the Calls for proposals.

 

Information about the Programme

The Hungary Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine ENPI Cross-border Cooperation Programme is to be implemented in the period of 2007-2013 on the external border of the participating EU Member States with Ukraine.

The Programme entered into force on 23 September 2008, after the approval of the European Commission. The programme allocates 68.638.283 € of ENPI funding for the seven years.

The Programme offers a wide range of opportunities to the potential Beneficiaries through the four priorities – Economic and social development, Enhance environmental qualities, Increase border efficiency and Support people to people cooperation.

 

The first grant contracts within the total 13 ENPI CBC Programmes have been signed in a ceremonial event in Ukraine. The economic and social development of the cross-border regions of Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine can officially begin with the help of ENPI funds. More details about the event and the successful projects can be found here.

The overall aim of the Programme is to promote activities with the support of the European Union which will lead to a more intense and deeper social and economic cooperation between regions of Ukraine and regions of Member States sharing common border.

With the assistance of European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) funds we attempt to enhance the joint development of the Programme area by stimulating cross-border partnerships. We will keep you informed about the latest news in the Programme, with emphasis on the Calls for proposals.

The second Call for Proposals was closed on 26 October 2010. There is not any opened Call at present time. The third Call is expected to be launched in spring 2011.

Objectives, priorities and measures

The programme’s overall objective is to intensify and deepen cooperation in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable way between Zakarpatska, Ivano-Frankivska and Chernivetska regions of Ukraine and eligible and adjacent areas of Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.

The Programme offers a wide range of opportunities to the potential Beneficiaries through the specific priorities and measures. The aim of each priority has been established, as follows:

Priority 1: Promote economic and social development

Knowledge transfer and practice-sharing to promote joint developments of businesses and increase turistic attractiveness of the area

Measure 1.1 Harmonised development of tourism
Measure 1.2 Create better conditions for SMEs and business development

Priority 2: Enhance environmental quality

To enhance the quality of air, waters, soil and forestry resources and reduce risks of damages on natural environment

Measure 2.1 Environmental protection, sustainable use and management of natural resources
Measure 2.2 Emergency Preparedness

Priority 3: Increase border efficiency

To increase efficiency of border management on the Ukrainian border

Measure 3.1 Improvement of border crossing transport infrastructure and equipment at border controls

Priority 4: Support people to people cooperation

To improve the effectiveness of public services and increase mutual understanding of various groups of the society

Measure 4.1 Institutional cooperation
Measure 4.2 Small scale “People to people” cooperation

Who can participate?

Legal persons established by public or private law for the purposes of public interest or specific purpose of meeting needs of general interest, may belong to one of the following groups:

1)    national, regional and local organisations implementing policies in the fields of relevant policies defined as programme priorities;
2)    semi-public institutions like regional development associations and promoters, innovation and development agencies, research institutes and universities;
3)    regional and local associations of enterprises (e.g. chambers of commerce, unions); professional organisations;
4)    regional and local self-governments and their organisations acting as legal entities, regional councils;
5)    non-state actors as defined in point (h) Article 14 of ENPI Regulation.

Applicant must act in partnerships consisting of at least one partner from Ukraine and at least one partner from Member State participating in the Programme.

For detailed description about the eligible Applicants within the 1st Call for Proposals please, see the section 2.1.1 of the Guidelines for grant applicants

Programme area

The programme area is located on the Hungarian-Slovak-Romanian-Ukrainian border. The programme area includes approximately 598.9 km joint border with Ukraine which covers fully the Slovak-Ukrainian (97.9 km) the Hungarian-Ukrainian (134.6 km) and partially the Romanian-Ukrainian (366.4 km) border lines.

Programme eligible area:

In Hungary:

In Slovakia:

In Romania:

In Ukraine:

Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg
Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén (adjacent area with full participation)
Košický
Prešovský
Maramureş
Satu-Mare
Suceava (adjacent area with limited participation)
Zakarpatska
Ivano–Frankivska
Chernivetska (adjacent area with limited participation)

Adjacent area with full participation means that any organisation located there are able to cooperate within the programme without any restriction. Adjacent areas with limited participation means that any organisation located there are able to cooperate within the programme with restriction.

For details about the restriction for adjacent areas with limited participation please, see the section 1.2.2 of the Guidelines for grant applicants

Funding

EC Grants may not finance the entire eligible cost of the Action of a Beneficiary. No grant may exceed 90 % of the total forecasted eligible costs of the Action.

The balance must be financed from the Applicant’s or Partners’ own resources, or from sources other than the European Community budget or the European Development Fund. The co-financing shall amount to at least 10% of the total eligible costs of the Action.

In case of grant Beneficiaries/Partners registered in participating Member States maximum 5% of the total eligible costs of the Action (50% of the co-financing) will be funded from the national budget. The remaining minimum 5% of the total eligible costs of the Action (50% of the co-financing) has to be covered from the Beneficiary’s/Partner’s own contribution. Detailed information on the national co-financing in the Member States will be available on the Programme’s website.

Management structure

The management of the Programme is assigned to joint structures, ensuring a transparent and shared decision-making process:

  • Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC)
    The JMC is the main joint decision making structure of the Programme, which is supervising and monitoring the programme implementation, responsible for project selection.
  • Joint Managing Authority (JMA)
    The countries participating in the Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine ENPI CBC Programme 2007-2013 appointed the National Development Agency in Hungary as the JMA for the Programme. The JMA is responsible for managing and implementing the Programme.
    Head of JMA: Mr Balázs SIMÓ
    Programme Manager: Mr Gábor STREET
  • National Authorities (NA)
    National Authorities are counterparts of the JMA responsible for the coordination of the programming process in their countries in the programme preparation period and providing Programme co-ordination in the participating country during the implementation.
    • National Development Agency (Hungary)
    • Ministry of Construction and Regional Development of Slovak Republic (Slovakia)
    • Ministry of Regional Development and Housing (Romania)
    • Ministry of Economy (Ukraine)
  • Joint Technical Secretariat (JTS) and its Branch Offices
    The JMA is directly assisted by the JTS with the day-to-day management of the activities under the Joint Operational Programme. The JTS is located at and operated by VÁTI, Budapest. Branch Offices will be settled in Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine.