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About the program

About the program

The Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine ENPI Cross-Border Cooperation Programme is implemented within the EU programming period 2007-2013. The Joint Operational Programme is based on joint planning effort of the four participating countries and aims to provide a framework for activities which will lead to the intensification and deepening social and economic cooperation between regions of Ukraine and the Member States sharing common border.

The program aimsto enhance and deepen cooperation in a sustainable manner in environmental, social and economic terms between regions of Ukraine and eligible and adjacent areas of Hungary, Slovakia and Romania.

The ENPI CBC Strategy 2007-2013 implementsEU general policies and the objectives of cross-border cooperation. These are:

o Promotingsustainable economic and social development in the border areas;

o Common approach tocommon challenges, in fields such as environment, public health and prevention and the fight against organized crime;

o Ensuringefficient and secure borders;

o Localpromotion actions "people-to-people".

There are three horizontal criteria that are crucial in case of any poject activity.

a) Equal opportunities

The principle of equal opporunities underpins the Programme and it is important that all groups in society has equal access to the opportunities and benefits of the Programme – in order to obtain the objectives defined by the Programme. Equal opportunities include women, children/youth, the disabled, ethnic minorities and other disadvantaged groups.

b) Sustainable development

Socio-economic development and integration of the border regions are to be conducted in such a way that socio-economic and environmental sustainability are ensured. All actions recognise and appropriatelly utilise the environmental strengths of the border regions, without harming the environment of the area and to contribute to social and economic benefits.

c) Territorial Cohesion

The principle of territorial cohesion is the key of many EU programmes and aims at the stimulation of the economic and social development in the programme area so that regional disparities are reduced between the eligible regions in this Programme and other regions in Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine.