Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Support Programme
- To promote sustainable cross-border cooperation between border regions of the Eastern Partnership partner countries for the development of joint solutions to common challenges in border areas.
- to create a favourable environment for future territorial cooperation programmes along the borders Armenia – Georgia, Azerbaijan – Georgia, Belarus – Ukraine and Moldova – Ukraine with due regard to specifics of each border area;
- to strengthen the capacity of local and regional state and non-state actors along the borders Armenia – Georgia, Azerbaijan – Georgia, Belarus – Ukraine and Moldova – Ukraine to develop and implement cross-border projects.
Territorial cooperation programmes will be implemented through a grant mechanism based on public call for proposals. All projects will require partners from both sides of the border and a visible cross-border benefit for both partners.
Local/regional organisations based in the programmes’ eligible areas:
- Local/regional authorities;
- State service providers (e.g. public health institutions);
- Academic, educational and research institutions;
- Sports and cultural institutions, including museums, libraries, youth organisations;
- Civil society organisations;
- Business associations and unions.
Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Support Programme focuses on capacity building to empower local/regional authorities to effectively manage and participate in future territorial programmes between Eastern Partnership countries in the name of
PEACE - DEVELOPMENT - INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE
Results to be achieved by the EaPTC Support Programme
for Institutional Building:
- detailed mapping study identifying actors and target groups essential for successful implementation of territorial cooperation programmes;
- development of management approaches and mechanisms;
- identification of political, legal and administrative obstacles to territorial cooperation and implementation of best practices to address them;
- generation of additional financial resources for territorial cooperation from governments and donors.
for Capacity Building:
- better understanding of the capacity of target groups and tailoring methodologies to address capacity gaps to individual specifics of each of the four border regions;
- strengthened capacity of local/ regional state and non-state actors on both sides of the borders to identify partners and actions of common interest, access funding and manage joint projects;
- awareness of the territorial cooperation programmes in the regions concerned and strengthened local/ regional state and non-state actors’ ownership of territorial cooperation.
EaPTC Support Programme Duration:
November 2012 – December 2015