Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Support Programme

Overall objective:

  • 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.

Specific Objectives:

  • 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.

Target Audiences:

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

EaPTC Support Programme Team