Most assistance provided to the European Neighbourhood region is channeled through bilateral and regional cooperation programmes. However, to complement these programmes, Neighbourhood-wide cooperation programmes have also been established, since some aid activities can be managed more efficiently and flexibly at interregional level.
An Neighbourhood-wide approach can, for instance, enhance the visibility of certain actions and lead to more coherent implementation of support mechanisms.
Interegional cooperation is particularly useful for
- bottom-up, small-scale actions where a speedy and flexible response is needed,
- some activities implemented by international organisations,
- programmes that are new to a region, where it is difficult to predict demand or allocate funds between countries.
Neighbourhood-wide cooperation programmes include: