Cross-border cooperation | WeBalkans | EU Projects in the Western Balkans

Prekogranična saradnja

Cross-border Cooperation (CBC) programmes are drivers of local economic, social, environmental and cultural development. The programmes operate between Western Balkans beneficiaries of Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) funding and are prime examples of good neighbourly cooperation at the level of local stakeholders in remote, small and usually underdeveloped communities near borders.

What are the challenges?

Across the Western Balkans, remote communities along borders face many challenges, from stagnant economic growth and high levels of unemployment, to social exclusion of minorities, women or elderly people, and environmental threats or degradation.

How is the EU responding?

Rural areas have high potential for development and the EU seeks to finance this in order to unleash the potential for economic and job creation activities.

In cooperation with national authorities and EU Delegations, within any given cross-border area EU investment includes local authorities, local civil society organisations, and educational institutions. Projects cover areas such asprotection of the environment, tourism, cultural heritage, education, health, social inclusion, entrepreneurship, research, and people-to-people cooperation. There are nine CBC programmes between IPA beneficiaries financed initially by IPA II for the period of 2014-2020, which are still underway.

Ongoing support

In view of the challenges, continued support to cross-border cooperation is a priority for the EU. CBC programmes support the cross-border areas across the region in a number of ways.

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