Tens of thousands of people across the European external borders are working together, building roads to connect markets and to improve tourism, recycling waste into fertilisers, preserving threatened species to reverse biodiversity decline.
This is being achieved by 932 ongoing cross-border cooperation projects among EU member states and their neighbours. These projects amount to a budget of 1,7 billion euros. This is the ENI CBC community: 3.502 organisations, European and non-European alike, bound together to stimulate economic growth, to deliver knowledge transfers, to fight common environmental challenges.
This is now visible, just browse around this virtual exhibition prepared by TESIM, and discover the many, different actions bringing a positive change to the populations of border regions.
The exhibition is waiting for you with its four halls, each dedicated to a topic: environment, economic development, people-to-people cooperation, and cross-border infrastructure. Inside each sector are the flagship projects divided by subcategories, offering pictures and links to maps, interviews, and articles.
It is a world becoming alive, displaying the richness and variety of initiatives, the faces of the protagonists, the stories behind the people. This exhibition is just the first step and is by no means exhaustive: it will grow overtime, to bring you more stories, more faces. Because neighbours matter.
What is ENI – CBC?
European Neighbourhood Instrument – Cross border cooperation (ENI – CBC) is an instrument of the European Union fostering cooperation among EU member states and their neighbouring, non-EU countries in the East and South.
A total of 15 programmes are implemented under ENI – CBC. They cover 12 land borders, one sea crossing and three sea basins, stretching from Finland and Russia in the north, to countries like Hungary and the Ukraine in the east, and Italy, Northern Africa and the Middle East in the south.
TESIM is the technical assistance project supporting the implementation and management of the ENI CBC programmes.
For more information on the individual programmes, visit TESIM website.