CBC, a key priority of the ENPI, seeks to reinforce cooperation between EU Member States and Partner Countries along the external EU borders.
Budget: €1.1 billion
CBC aims to promote economic and social development in border areas. It strives to address common challenges, ensure efficient and secure borders and promote people-to-people cooperation.
What does it do?
CBC provides for a fully balanced partnership: Partner Countries and EU Member States work together within a common management structure, applying a single set of implementing rules and sharing one single budget. Common needs are identified by local partners on both sides of the border for activities that are most relevant to their local situation. In total, 15 CBC programmes (9 land border, 3 sea crossing and 3 sea basin programmes) have been identified on both sides of the EU's external borders in the East and in the South.
EU Cooperation with Syria is currently suspended due to the political situation in the country; however, since in principle Syria is eligible for cooperation under the ENPI, activities may be taken up again once the situation improves.