The cooperation across the external borders of the EU is demonstrating its full potential; after a gradual start, a large majority of neighbourhood cross-border cooperation (CBC) programmes is now running in full speed, and the time is ripe to think about a third cycle of programming, preserving the specificity of this instrument which conjugates cooperation and cohesion for the benefit of all cross-border communities in both EU Member States and Partner Countries. These are among the key messages resulting from the ENI Cross-Border Cooperation (ENI CBC) annual conference held in Rome on 10 April.
120 delegates of 31 countries and the representatives of the 15 ENI CBC programmes, together with representatives from the European institutions, took stock of the progress made and started the consultation process for the next generation of neighbourhood cross-border cooperation programmes.
As stressed by the results-oriented monitoring exercise performed by the European Commission, neighbourhood cross-border cooperation proves to be an exemplary tool to promote people-to-people cooperation and sustainable development for the benefit of all communities.
The second part of the conference was focused on the post-2020 strategic programming: and as new challenges lay ahead, there are also opportunities to be taken as the ENI CBC programmes are about to join the Interreg family.