Best Practices

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

This section seeks to facilitate your participation in the Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Programmes (EaPTC) by providing links to additional information resources:

  • Cross border cooperation programmes supported by the European Union in other regions; and
  • Examples of projects considered as best practices of the EU-funded cross border cooperation.


European Union Support to Territorial Cooperation

Territorial cooperation allows partner countries tobetter identify and jointly respond to challenges faced by bordering regions.It aimsat achieving positive social and economic impact that would facilitate regional development and decrease disparities between the centre and periferies. Territorial cooperation can assume different forms in the areas of economy, social life, environment etc. and take place in border areas with clearly determined benefits toboth neighbours. Through the territorial cooperation, countries and regions can better address common threats such as natural disasters, promote more balanced development, contribute to fostering integration, inclusion and synergy effects across the border.

For several decades, the European Union has been supporting cooperation efforts of regions and cities to address issues that affect everyday life such as transport, education, energy, health care and environmental protection. The EU support covers territorial cooperation of different partners and in different regions:

1. European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) takes place across the internal borders of the EU Member States. More details on individual programmes could be found here:

http://www.interact-eu.net/etc_2014/european_territorial_cooperation/486/14849; and

http://www.ecday.eu/territorial-cooperation/european-territorial-cooperation/

2. Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) supports cooperation between the EU regions and regions of thepre-accession countries:

http://www.interact-eu.net/ipa/ipa_general/29/14;

http://www.ecday.eu/territorial-cooperation/instrument-for-pre-accession-assistance/

3. Cross border cooperation (CBC) between EU regions and regions of EU external neighbours is supported through the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)and, since 2014, the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI). The main objectives of cross border cooperation are to support sustainable development along both sides of the EU’s external borders, to help decrease differences in living standards across these borders, and to address the challenges and opportunities following on the EU enlargement or otherwise arising from the proximity between regions across theland and sea borders. More detailed information and references to the 13 ENPI CBC programmes priorities, websites and list of supported projects could be find here. All countries of the Eastern Partnership are eligible for the ENPI. The ENPI provides the framework and funding for local and regional institutions, universities, companies and research institutes to carry out cooperation projects and pool together resources, exchange knowledge and share good practices, improve the day-to-day lives of people throughout Europe and beyond.

The Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation(EaPTC) has similar objectives as the ENPI CBC. It covers bordering regions of the six Eastern Partner Countries but does not envision participation of EU Member States. The EaPTC is likewise funded through the ENPIinsgtrument.

Best Practices of Territorial Cooperation

The EaPTC Team has prepared and placed at your disposal a selection of best practices of territorial cooperation in different regions and spheres:

Some other most remarkable examples of territorial cooperation actions could be found on:

http://www.ecday.eu/flagship-stories/andhttp://www.territorialcooperation.eu/keep/.

These websites are the most comprehensive source of authoritative information on the projects and partners of Territorial Cooperation among the member States of the European Union and between these States and the Union's neighbouring countries.

Please remember that all projects mentioned as best practices reflect the specifics of their countries and borders.In your proposal(s) you should present ideas and address needs important to you country, region and/or community and link them to the action your organization and/or coalition of institutions intend to undertake.