Commission Question – Allocation of funding for cross-border cooperation

Question for written answer E-010273/2015

to the Commission

Rule 130

Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)

Subject: Allocation of funding for cross-border cooperation

How much funding has been given to candidate countries for cross-border cooperation since their application to become a full member of the EU, with particular reference to Montenegro, which applied for EU membership on 15 December 2008?

EN

E-010273/2015

Answer given by Mr Hahn

on behalf of the Commission

(27.10.2015)

EU assistance to Cross-border Cooperation (CBC) in the Western Balkan region is provided through the Instruments for Pre-accession IPA (period 2007-2013) and IPA II (period 2014-2020) and the following types of Programmes:

– CBC between 2 IPA beneficiaries. 11 Programmes (3 with Croatia as IPA beneficiary before EU accession) are implemented in the period 2007-2013 with an overall budget of EUR 100 million of which EUR 18.4 million for Montenegro. For the period 2014-2020, 8 programmes are on-going with a budget of EUR 85 million of which 37.1 for Programmes in which Montenegro participates.

– CBC between one EU Member State and IPA beneficiaries (ERDF and IPA funding).   8 Programmes (2 with Croatia as non-member state before EU accession) are implemented under IPA, with a budget of EUR 120 million. Montenegro does not participate. Under IPA II, EUR 227.81 million have been allocated to 10 Programmes. Montenegro participates in 2 Programmes (HR-BiH-MNE and IT-AL-MNE) with an overall budget for the IPA II beneficiaries of EUR 67.97 million.

– Transnational Cooperation Programmes (TCP) funded through different instruments: ERDF, IPA/IPAII, ENPI/ENI.  In the period 2007-2013, IPA contribution has been provided for 2 Programmes:

1.     Adriatic Ionian CBC Programme with an IPA budget of  EUR 113.8 million;

2.     South East Europe TCP with an IPA budget of EUR 26.9 million;

Montenegro participates in both Programmes.

Under IPA II, 4 Programmes are under implementation with an overall budget of EUR 50 million (Montenegro participating in 3 of them) broken down as follows:

1.     Danube TCP, EUR 19.82 million;

2.     Adriatic-Ionian Programme EUR 15.68 million;

3.     Mediterranean Programme, EUR 9.35 million;

4.     Balkan-Mediterranean Programme, EUR 5.12 million.

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