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How does ENPI work?

ENPI is short for ‘ European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument’. It is the financial instrument which supports the ENP (European Neighbourhood Policy) through concrete assistance actions. The ENP is a broad political strategy which has as the ambitious objective of strengthening the prosperity, stability and security of Europe's neighbourhood in order to avoid any dividing lines between the enlarged EU and its direct neighbours.

The ENPI instrument is much more than the MEDA and TACIS successor: it is the widened strategic continuation of it. In this connection, the ENPI is based on the solid political and regulatory framework developed over a more than a decade period with our Eastern and Southern partner countries, in particular the Association Agreements and the Partnership and Cooperation Agreements. In concrete terms, the ENPI funds allocated to Mediterranean and Eastern European countries will continue to depend on their needs and absorption capacity as well as their implementation of agreed reforms. In this light, the ENPI will be policy driven, supporting the implementation of agreed ENP.

The ENPI has three strategic objectives, namely: supporting democratic transition and promoting human rights; the transition towards the market economy and the promotion of sustainable development; and policies of common interests (antiterrorism, fighting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, conflict resolution, the rule of international law, etc.). Within the framework of these strategic objectives, the Commission and partner countries established four principal axes of co-operation based on:

  • The implementation of a strengthened dialogue on priority multisector reforms
  • The approximation of legislation
  • Institutional support
  • The Objectives of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals

The extensive list of intervention sectors reflects this diversity: dialogue on necessary reforms, whether political, economic or social; more equitable development; regulatory trade and reforms; the liberalisation of certain sectors and a competitive European internal market; justice and home affairs; energy; transport; information society; environmental sustainability; research and innovation; development of trade (people to people).

The Commission has prepared for each of its Mediterranean and eastern neighbours (except for Palestine and Libya) a Country Strategy Paper (CSP) as well as a Regional Strategy Paper (RSP). Each CSP and RSP include an analysis of the situation in each sector and the Commission’s response strategy. Each CSP anticipates, over a seven-year period (2007-2013), the priority intervention sectors and will be adapted following a midterm review. CBC programming is the subject of a specific strategy paper covering the entire period which defines the various cross-border programmes.

In parallel, the Multi-annual Indicative Programmes (MIP) were also worked out with each one of these countries (and at the regional level) for a three or four-year period (2007-2010). Each MIP envisages the precise sectoral activities to be financed and the allocated indicative amount.

Lastly, an annual Action Programme defines the list of the projects identified for financing and the budget for the 12 months covered.

What types of actions are supported?

The annual Action Programmes fund specific actions to address:

  • The transition towards democracy and increase the respect for human rights
  • The transition towards the market economy and sustainable development
  • The social consequences of transition, as well as fight crime through anti-terrorist or anti-corruption initiatives, or border management programmes

These aims lead to a number of projects which you can find out more about by visiting the respective country pages.

Who is eligible? How can I participate?

Please refer to the following pages 

All tenders and call for proposals are listed here:


Last update: 12/05/2014 | Top