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Programme description

Main objectives

The Balkan-Mediterranean Programme is a new transnational cooperation programme, deriving from both the split of the former programme "South East Europe" (2007-2013) and the strong will of the Balkan-Mediterranean countries to promote cooperation in the area. It will address the following key challenges: increasing territorial competitiveness and protecting the environment.

Funding priorities

The Programme will focus on two main priorities:

  • "Entrepreneurship and Innovation" promoting entrepreneurship and targeting the innovation capacity of SMEs.
  • "Environment" focusing on an efficient management of the natural ecosystem and of the resources within the waste sector, the soil and the water sector.

Expected impacts

  • Enhancement of SMEs’ business performance
  • Strategic re‐orientation of business policies favouring entrepreneurial, social and digital innovation
  • Increasing the attractiveness of the region for innovators and business
  • Establishing efficient links between business and vocational training
  • Exchange and transfer of knowledge between regions and countries in the Balkan‐Mediterranean area
  • Reduced “brain – drain” phenomena
  • Sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage across the whole Balkan – Mediterranean Transnational territory
  • Reduced ecosystems’ degradation and protected/conserved natural capital
  • Increased sustainable employment opportunities through integrated management & monitoring of designated areas
  • Contributing to implement the Natura 2000 network and respective legislation


  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Greece


  • Regional Development Fund (ERDF): 28,330,108.00 €

Thematic priorities

Financial information

Total OP budget: 39,727,654.00 €

Total EU contribution: 33,456,246.00 €

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CCI number: 2014TC16M4TN003