The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre is an EU-funded communication platform that seeks to increase awareness and knowledge about the EU's Euro-Mediterranean cooperation and the EU's Partnership with the East. The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre focuses in particular on activities supported by the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI). ENI is the main financial instrument in support of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).
What is ENP and ENPI?
The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is an EU external relations policy that aims to draw Europe and its neighbours closer together. The policy dates back to the period just after the 2004 enlargement, in which ten new member countries joined the EU.
The ENP supports political and economic reforms in sixteen of Europe’s neighbouring countries in order to promote peace, stability and economic prosperity in the whole region. Assistance provided to the European Neighbourhood region is channelled through bilateral, regional, neighbourhood-wide and Cross Border Cooperation programmes.
In November 2015, the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy presented the main lines of the review of the ENP, thus spelling out the Union's new approach to its eastern and southern neighbours.
In the reviewed ENP the EU will focus on areas that matter most. The stabilisation of the region, in political, economic, and security related terms, will be at the heart of the new policy. The EU's own stability is built on democracy, human rights and the rule of law and we will continue to make the case for these universal values.
The European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) is the main financial mechanism through which assistance is channelled to the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) partner countries. It is the cooperation instrument through which decisions taken at the political level are turned into actions on the ground.
Which countries are part of the EU neighbourhood?
The countries participating in the ENI are:
(*) This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.
Where can I find information on specific EU policies towards EU Neighbourhood countries such as the Eastern Partnership or the Union for the Mediterranean?
The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre portal is split in two, with one side covering the Eastern Partnership countries and the other one EuroMed countries.
EuroEast covers the EU's Eastern Partnership countries
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint policy initiative aimed at deepening and strengthening relations between the EU and its Eastern neighbours. Launched in May 2009 at the Prague Summit, the EaP fosters the necessary conditions to accelerate political association and further economic integration between the European Union and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Read more here.
EuroMed covers the Union for the Mediterranean countries
The aim of the ‘Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean' is to create a Mediterranean region of peace, security and shared prosperity. It was launched in Paris on 13 July 2008 in a bid to inject fresh momentum into the Barcelona Process, according to a Joint Declaration adopted at the heads of state or government meeting. Read more here.
What media materials have been produced by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre?
The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre produces materials illustrating the work done in the partner countries by the projects funded under the regional programmes of the Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR).
The available materials range from feature stories to interviews to press packs to photos to videos, thus allowing readers to see the results of projects through the eyes of the people who have benefited from EU cooperation. All these types of material give a flavour of achievements on the ground, simplifying polices and listing available information sources. A selection of these achievements is available through the magazine, entitled 'Projects in Action' (for the East region available in English and Russian and for the South region in English, French and Arabic).
What are the sources of the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre’s news alerts and where can these sources be found?
All the news alerts published on www.enpi-info.eu are based on press releases and other information from EU institution, EU-funded projects or EU Delegation websites where the information was originally published. Users can click on weblinks under the 'Read more' section of the news alerts to find the original source of information.
What other information can be found on the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre portal?
There are also features on particular themes, which are written by local journalists and illustrated with pictures from local photographers in the partner countries. The journalists research EU-funded project activities by speaking to the people who have benefited from the projects while the photographers capture the story in pictures.
The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre is not a news agency and does not have its own network of correspondents but cooperates with these journalists and photographers, who write for a publication or work as freelancers.
In which languages can I find the documents/ news?
All EU Neighbourhood Info Centre products are available in four languages: English, French, Arabic and Russian. Some of the material is also produced in local languages such as Hebrew, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Moldovan and Ukrainian.
Can I use photos from the website?
Photos with captions are published in the website galleries. You can download them in high resolution from the website. Please just make sure that you publish photos together with the copyright information (as identified in the caption).
Do you have a video channel?
Yes, we do. Our video channel is available and at your disposal. We are happy you to share the videos with others.
We have produced a number of videos, such as:
· The Partnership with Eastern Neighbours (available in English,Russian, Moldovan, Ukrainian,Azerbaijani, Armenian)
How can I receive your news?
The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre provides a free daily service, delivering news of your choice directly to your email box. Below is the link to this option, where you can sign up and choose which country and what subjects you would like to follow:
This service is available in English only.
However, if you would like to receive news feeds in other languages, you can choose an RSS subscription.
What is RSS?
RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing content from the web. It allows you to keep up to date easily by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in without your having to visit each site one by one.
Where do I find policy documents?
A big collection of 700+ database documents is available as a new resource launched by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre. You can download various policy documents and sources. They are sorted by language and/or by category.
I am having trouble understanding some EU jargon? How can you help?
A separate section of the website is devoted to resources that can help you understand some of the EU jargon.
Can you provide funding?
Unfortunately we are not in a position to assist you with EU funding or support you in applying for funds. However, we have a full section on opportunities published on our website. See below.
What are the opportunities published by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre?
The 'opportunities' section of the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre is particularly useful for NGOs and civil society organisations, as well as other stakeholders active in ENP priority fields (either from partner countries or EU member states), who wish to participate in the Union’s efforts at establishing closer links with its neighbourhood.
This 'opportunities' section lays special emphasis on calls for tender and service notices from DG NEAR and EuropeAid and the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI)
For the EuroMed, click here.
For the Eastern Partnership, click here.
With regard to calls for proposals, please refer to the Lifelong Learning programme website and application guide.
Can you help me with my job search?
The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre has created a new networking group on the social media Linked-In to help everybody working in the European neighbourhood who wants to keep up to date with job and networking opportunities related to ENI projects.
To join our Linked-In group, please click here.
What handbooks are available to cover relations between the EU and its neighbours?
The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre has produced a couple of handbooks, which are intended to support journalists' work by giving them lots of practical tips, suggestions and guidance.
A Journalist’s Handbook
Through the handbook, journalists can easily find information concerning the EU’s relations with its neighbours in the South and to the East, which website to visit, a list of jargon guides, events calendars, etc.
A Photographer’s Handbook
The handbook gives photographers advice on how to take good photos of EU-funded projects. It contains some basic rules to be followed, not only on the angle and focus of the images but also on issues such as resolution, copyright and respecting EU visibility guidelines. The publication also includes guidelines for projects, with many examples of good and bad photos and ideas of how they can be used.
Cooperation instruments and tools
This publication describes the various funding opportunities available to stakeholders in the partner countries of the Southern and Eastern Neighbourhood.
Are you present on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Linked In?
Yes, very much so. And you are more than welcome to join our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and join our group on LinkedIn. And, please, do share and invite your friends. They might be interested in our news too.
Where can I find the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre banner?
All materials can be downloaded here.