European Neighbourhood Policy

Cultural cooperation is one aspect of the EU's European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), which covers the following countries:

  • Algeria
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Egypt
  • Georgia
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Moldova
  • Morocco
  • Palestine
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Ukraine

 

Cultural projects can be funded under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), including through cross-border cooperation programmes, the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) Instrument, and Twinning programme.

One of the new features of the EU's 2014-20 Creative Europe Programme is that the ENP countries can participate fully in it, provided that the necessary conditions are fulfilled. The aim is to expand cultural cooperation throughout the Neighbourhood.

Euro-Mediterranean Partnership

In recent years, culture and intercultural dialogue have played an increasingly important role in the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), or Euro-Mediterranean Partnership prior to 2008, as the EU sought to further enhance its relations with its partners.

Aside from the 28 EU member states, the UfM involves:

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Mauritania
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Palestine
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey

 

Joint actions and cooperation programmes include:

Progress has also been made under the initiative Towards a Strategy for Culture in the Mediterranean Region, including the publication of a political mandate and a needs assessment.

Eastern Partnership

The EU's Eastern Partnership (with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) provides a framework for cultural cooperation under the multilateral Platform 4 "Contacts between people" . More information is available in the current work programme.

As regards funding, the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme supports the partners' cultural policy reform efforts at government leveland helps to improve the professionalism of operators in the cultural and creative sectors. In addition to its capacity building activities, the Programme has supported 15 projects.