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IPA: €2 billion package to support reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey in 2014

The European Commission has today finalised its 2014 package of pre-accession assistance programmes to support reforms in countries wishing to join the EU. The funding, totalling EUR 2 billion, comes under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), and will be available to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and Turkey. The package also includes multi-annual programmes to support specific sectors over the next three years in Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

"These funds will support concrete democratic and economic reforms: from modernisation of the judiciary and public administration, to investments in infrastructure and connectivity between the enlargement countries and with the EU Member States. This will further strengthen the region's stability, its economy and its investment potential", said Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

This year's funding will provide for a stronger ownership by the beneficiaries through integrating their own reform and development agendas.It will notably include a budget support programme to reform the system of public finance management in Albania, the first of its kind in the Western Balkans.

The programmes will focus on better governance, with projects aiming at reforming public administration, using EU assistance more efficiently, adopting and enforcing EU standards, as well as implementing more reforms in the judiciary and fundamental rights and further supporting the fight against organised crime and corruption.

Details per country:


Amount in EUR

Main sectors financed



Democracy and Governance, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights

Bosnia and Herzegovina


Democracy and Governance, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights, Competitiveness and Innovation: Local Development Strategies, Education, Employment and Social Policies

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia


2014 national programme



2014 – 2016 multi-annual action programme













Democracy and Governance, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights, Competitiveness and Innovation


Environment and Climate Action, Transport





Democracy and governance, Rule of Law and Fundamental rights, Energy, Competitiveness and Innovation, Agriculture and Rural Development



Democracy and Governance, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights, Environment and Climate Action, Transport, Competitiveness and Innovation, Agriculture and Rural Development



Democracy and Governance, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights, Energy, Competitiveness and innovation; and Education, employment and social policies.


2014 national programme




2014-2016 multi-annual action programmes








Democracy and Governance, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights, Energy, Agriculture and Rural Development


Employment, Education and Social policies, Competiveness and Innovation, Transport, and Environment and Climate Action

Cross border programmes


Tourism, Cultural and Natural Heritage, Environmental protection, Employment, Mobility, Social Inclusion, Competitiveness, SMEs, trade and investments, Youth, education and skills

Civil Society Facility 2014 – 2015


Civil society empowerment, media freedom



Horizontal support, regional structures and networks, regional investment support, territorial cooperation

Special measure for flood recovery and flood risk management


Flood recovery and prevention for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia

Support measures


Audit, Evaluation, Monitoring, Information and Communication, support to OHR in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Press contacts

Maja KOCIJANCIC (+32 2 298 65 70)
Anca PADURARU (+ 32 2 296 64 30)

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Last update: 18/12/2014