The setting up of the new Balkan-Mediterranean Transnational Programme (2014-2020) was initiated by DG Regional and Urban Policy with letter Ares no.(2013) 3771328/19-12-2013.
The Balkan-Mediterranean Programme (2014-2020) is built around two thematic priority axes:
The programme will invest EUR 28,3 million from the ERDF and EUR 5,1 million from IPA II for transnational projects in Balkan-Mediterranean area. Eligible partners will, therefore, come from 3 EU countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, and 2 non-EU countries: Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Guidance on the eligible transnational activities and expected outputs can be found in the final draft of the operational programme text here.
Anticipating the formal approval by the European Commission by end of 2015, the Progamme's Managing Authority has launched a provisional website with all documents related to the 1st call for proposals.
The Balkan-Mediterranean Programme was presented in the SEE Annual Event 2014.
The main decision-making body for the establishment and development of the Balkan-Mediterranean Programme is the Programme task force. Ministerial representatives from all participating countries constitute this body and oversee the design of the programme.The Balkan-Mediterranean TF convened on 11 February 2014 in Thessaloniki (Greece); 23 May 2014 in Sofia (Bulgaria); 19 August 2014 in Nicosia (Cyprus); 5 March 2015 in Tirana (Albania).
The Hellenic Managing Authority of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes was unanimously elected as the Managing Authority of the new "Balkan-Mediterranean" Transnational Programme already at the first task force meeting.