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EU resources for journalists

EU funding sources for the neighbourhood

 

EU RESOURCES FOR JOURNALISTS

 
News and background material
 
On every working day, the European Commission holds a midday briefing for journalists. You can watch this live on the Internet on the EC’s audiovisual service Europe by Satellite (EbS). A full schedule of coverage on the two EbS channels, which also includes press conferences and sessions of the European Parliament, can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm 
 
EU newsroom: Top news, press releases, quick links, top events, live video, photo, audio http://europa.eu/newsroom/home_en
 
What’s new: webpage with the latest news http://ec.europa.eu/news/index_en.htm
 
Rapid: all the latest EC press releases http://europa.eu/rapid/latest-press-releases.htm
 
European External Action Service (EEAS)
Newsroom http://www.eeas.europa.eu/index_en.htm
Spokespersons + contact details http://eeas.europa.eu/press-media/spokespersons-service/index_en.htm
European Neighbourhood Policy http://www.eeas.europa.eu/enp/index_en.htm
Eastern Partnership http://www.eeas.europa.eu/eastern/index_en.htm
Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) http://www.eeas.europa.eu/euromed/index_en.htm
The ENP in various EU policy areas http://eeas.europa.eu/enp/eu-policy-areas/index_en.htm
 
DG Near – European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
Latest news and links http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/news_corner/news/index_en.htm
European Neighbourhood Policy http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/neighbourhood/overview/index_en.htm
Eastern Partnership http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/neighbourhood/eastern-partnership/index_en.htm
Southern Neighbourhood http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/neighbourhood/southern-neighbourhood/index_en.htm
EuropeAid – International Cooperation and Development EU Neighbourhood region and Russia http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/regions/eu-neighbourhood-region-and-russia_en
 
EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection news and stories http://ec.europa.eu/echo/news/
 
Council of the European Union: latest press releases and statements http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/
 
Current Presidency: available through a link on the Council website http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/council-eu/presidency-council-eu/
 
European Parliament newsroom http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room
 
EU Delegations carry regular news updates about cooperation and political ties between the EU and the country where they are based. You can find links to all the Delegation websites in the Eastern Partnership region here http://enpi-info.eu/maineast.php?id=488&id_type=2 and in the Southern Neighbourhood region here http://enpi-info.eu/mainmed.php?id=487&id_type=2
 
Videos and Photos
 
European Commission EUTube www.youtube.com/eutube?gl=GB&hl=en-GB
 
Europe by Satellite (EBS) live coverage, stock-shots etc. for free download
http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm
 
European External Action Service (EEAS): audiovisual http://www.eeas.europa.eu/press-media/audio-video/index_en.htm
 
Council of the European Union: audiovisual newsroom (videos and photos) http://tvnewsroom.consilium.europa.eu/ and live streaming http://video.consilium.europa.eu/en/webcasts 
 
EuroParl TV http://www.europarltv.europa.eu/en/home.aspx
 
EU Media Libraries Video, audio, photo coverage from different Institutions online and free of charge http://europa.eu/press_room/audiovisual/index_en.htm
 
European Commission photo libraries http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/index.cfm?sitelang=en
 
 
Calendars
 
EU calendar covering all institutions http://europa.eu/newsroom/events/week_en
 
Council of the European Union: press calendar http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/calendar/
 
 
Other actors
 
In addition to the main EU institutions, a number of EU agencies and financial institutions work closely with Eastern Partnership countries. These include:
 
European Investment Bank press corner http://www.eib.org/infocentre/press/index.htm?media=ressource
 
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development news and events
http://www.ebrd.com/news.html
 
European Training Foundation http://www.etf.europa.eu/web.nsf/pages/home
 
Committee of the Regions
Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) – news and events http://cor.europa.eu/en/activities/corleap/Pages/news-events.aspx
Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) http://cor.europa.eu/fr/activities/arlem/Pages/arlem.aspx
 
European Economic and Social Committees press and media http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.press-media
 
Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)
http://ufmsecretariat.org/
 
For the figures and documents
 
Trade statistics country index http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countries-and-regions/
 
Eurostat website http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat
 
ENP funding http://eeas.europa.eu/enp/how-is-it-financed/index_en.htm
 
Geographic and thematic instruments & funding
http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/funding/funding-instruments-programming/funding-instruments_en
 
Databases containing the legal framework of cooperation with the Eastern Neighbourhood countries are available on the Europa website:
http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/external_relations/relations_with_third_countries/eastern_europe_and_central_asia/index_en.htm 
 
ENP reference documents http://eeas.europa.eu/enp/documents/index_en.htm
 
 
EU FUNDING SOURCES FOR THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
 
The European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) is the main financial instrument for implementing the ENP, and provides the bulk of EU funding to the 16 partner countries.
 
·         About the ENI http://eeas.europa.eu/enp/how-is-it-financed/index_en.htm
·         ENI programming documents http://eeas.europa.eu/enp/documents/financing-the-enp/index_en.htm
·         Regulation establishing the ENI http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2014:077:0027:0043:EN:PDF
 
The ENI builds on the achievements of the previous European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)
·         Overview of ENPI results 2007-2013 https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sites/devco/files/overview_of_enpi_results_2007-2013_en_0.pdf
 
The vast majority of ENI funding is used for bilateral cooperation, tailor-made to each Neighbourhood partner country. A key element in this context is the bilateral ENP Action Plans (AP), mutually agreed between the EU and each partner country.
·         ENP Action Plans http://eeas.europa.eu/enp/documents/action-plans/index_en.htm
 
In addition to bilateral cooperation, ENI funding also supports:
·         Regional programmes South: http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/neighbourhood/southern-neighbourhood/regional-cooperation-with-the-mediterranean-partners/index_en.htm
·         Regional programmes East: http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/neighbourhood/eastern-partnership/regional-cooperation/index_en.htm 
·         Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) programmes: http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/neighbourhood/cross-border-cooperation/index_en.htm
·         Neighbourhood-wide programmes: http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/neighbourhood/neighbourhood-wide/index_en.htm
 
Neighbourhood-wide cooperation programmes include:
·         Promoting administrative reform and institution-building through
o   Twinning and Sigma http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/neighbourhood/neighbourhood-wide/twinning-taiex-and-sigma/index_en.htm
o   TAIEX http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/tenders/taiex/index_en.htm
·         Promoting higher education http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/neighbourhood/neighbourhood-wide/promoting-higher-education/index_en.htm including
o   Erasmus + http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus_en
·         Promoting investment and infrastructure support through
o   Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/neighbourhood/neighbourhood-wide/neighbourhood-investment-facility/index_en.htm
 
A number of EU-funded programmes also have funding opportunities in the form of sub-grants. The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre opportunities page is regularly updated and includes many of these opportunities.
Opportunities South http://enpi-info.eu/list_type_med.php?&id_type=4
Opportunities East http://enpi-info.eu/list_type_east.php?&id_type=4
 
A significant share of EU aid is delivered in the form of budget support, where funds are transferred directly to national treasuries.
·         About budget support https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/node/13967
 
In addition to the ENI, Neighbourhood countries benefit from a range of global or thematic EU instruments.
The thematic instruments available to the Neighbourhood are:
·         European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights (EIDHR) https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/node/103464
·         Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation Instrument (INSC) https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/node/13544
·         Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/node/7350
·         Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/funding/funding-instruments-programming/funding-instruments/development-cooperation-instrument-dci_en
 
In a number of fields such as research science and innovation, education and youth, and SMEs and enterprise, partners from neighbourhood countries are able to participate in a number of EU initiatives, such as:
·         Horizon 2020 https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/
·         Erasmus + (education, training, youth and sport) http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/node_en
·         Enterprise Europe Network http://een.ec.europa.eu
·         COSME EU http://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/cosme/
 
In the South, the Union for the Mediterranean also promotes projects, acting as a catalyst for selected projects, assisting in all aspects of project development and implementation, from proposal finalisation to financial planning and fund-raising, as well as technical assistance, project launching and monitoring.
·         UfM: how to submit a project http://ufmsecretariat.org/how-to-submit-a-project/
 
Neighbourhood countries also have access to lending from European Financial Institutions (EFIs), principally the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
 
·         EIB website http://www.eib.org
·         EIB Mediterranean Neighbourhood http://www.eib.org/projects/regions/med/index.htm
·         EIB EU Eastern Neighbours http://www.eib.org/projects/regions/eastern-neighbours/index.htm
 
·         EBRD website http://www.ebrd.com
 
Practical information about funding
 
DG International Cooperation and Development
Funding section https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/about-funding_en
Grants https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/node/1071
Contracts https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/node/1072
Practical guide to contract procedures for European Union external actions (PRAG) http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prag/?header_description=DEVCO+Prag+to+financial+and+contractual+procedures+applicable+to+external+actions+financed+from+the+general+budget+of+the+EU+and+from+the+11th+EDF&header_keywords=ePrag%2C+europa
Funding FAQs, toolkit and glossary https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/funding/faqs-toolkit-glossary_en
 
Latest calls for proposals and tenders https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/online-services/index.cfm?do=publi.welcome
 
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre opportunities page
South http://enpi-info.eu/list_type_med.php?&id_type=4
East http://enpi-info.eu/list_type_east.php?&id_type=4
 
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre jobs page
South http://enpi-info.eu/list_type_med.php?&id_type=20

East http://enpi-info.eu/list_type_east.php?&id_type=20