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Time to register to the #EURegionsWeek!

Get ready to exchange new ideas, meet regions and cities and expand your network. No more “zooming”: for the first time in three years, the event will be exclusively physical. So, secure now your seat at the different activities the ENI CBC/Interreg NEXT community is proposing.

On 10 October at 12:30 we invite you to the Agora 2 at the SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre, to join the DG REGIO/TESIM talk  “Building skills for new green jobs in cooperation with partner countries”. In a global market, cooperation on skills is one of the solutions to avoid brain drain and to maintain equal knowledge across the borders. To celebrate the European Year of Skills, a 15’ allocution will take you on an ideal journey through the EU external borders, showing how different ENI CBC/Interreg NEXT projects strive to equip people for new green jobs.  Reserve your place!

Then, if you are curious to know how three Finnish ENI CBC programmes have successfully joined forces in various tasks, do register to the workshop “Let’s talk about cross-programme cooperation which will take place on 12 October at 11:30 to 12:30 (room 213-215). The representatives of the programmes will explain how they have successfully teamed for joint events, procurement and capitalization activities. And through the words of different stakeholders, you will hear how this very special cooperation has supported beneficiaries and boosted programme implementation.

And finally, do not forget to visit the Interact/TESIM/CBIB+ exhibition “Cooperation beyond the EU”, from Tuesday to Thursday at the Agora village! Interreg programmes help to connect people, ideas and innovation across borders both within the EU and with neighbours. Three different approaches – IPA in the Western Balkans; NEXT in the European neighbourhood, including Ukraine and Moldova; and the Outermost Regions – have one special feature in common: they are helping to share the benefits of cooperation across external EU borders. This exhibit is part of a joint Interreg stand, coordinated by Interact.

What about simplifying the costs? The partnership principle in BSB call

Two rounds of consultations plus information events in each country: and in the end, the application package was modified according to the potential partners views. This was the direction taken by the Interreg NEXT Black Sea Basin programme authorities, while preparing documents for the first call of the NEXT cycle. It is also one of the findings of the report “Towards simplification: Analysis of selection of operations”, commissioned by DG Regio, according to which “wide stakeholders’ consultations on the call for proposals documents can facilitate both the programmes application and implementation process, as it ensures that the needs or potential constraints of the target groups are addressed properly”.

High achievements, high expectations: four more years of work ahead

It is often said that expectations are the key to disappointment, but TESIM’s views are more aligned with the belief that high achievement takes place in the framework of high expectation. When the selection of the new Facility to support ENI CBC and Interreg NEXT programmes was announced, expectations – both internal and external – could be “cut with a knife”. But even if you stand as favourite when entering the track field, no win should be ever taken as granted. The risk of a false start or of stumbling against a hurdle in the last meter always exists.

HIT tools and management verifications on PODIA: two new learning modules to simplify your life

What are “deliverables”? How does the new management verification system differ from the ENI CBC approach? If you have any doubts about technical aspects of project implementation, our online e-learning platform Podia at contains two new courses for you!

Some time ago we announced a new type of support – a quick-to-digest online courses – for those of you busy with their daily work and with no time to dig into all the technical details related to project implementation in the new Interreg NEXT framework.  This time we are happy to announce that two new learning modules have been added to the Podia platform: one dedicated to the HIT Tools and the second dedicated to the management verifications. Let us tell you more about these two.

Greener, safer and more social: zooming on cooperation in the east

We continue our journey to the eastern borders, this time zooming in on three Interreg NEXT programmes grouped around Romania: Romania – Ukraine, Romania – the Republic of Moldova and Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine. The programmes are close not only geographically, but also in the choice of their strategic objectives and priorities for the new programming period. Discover them!

Environment: a change of perspective at regional level

Nowadays we continually learn about the environment, and mostly in dramatic terms. We are confronted with increasingly frequent environmental disasters, we face the insufficient commitments of various countries on helping to lower the level of CO2 or reducing the invasion of plastic and micro-plastic into our seas and ecosystems, even inside our bodies. We all know about the inadequate efforts to really change things and reverse the trend pushing the planet towards a gloomy future. To describe the current geological era, experts and scientists have even invented a neologism, the anthropocene, in which the Earth’s environment, in all its characteristics, is strongly conditioned by the effects of human action.

The Eastern partners journey towards a greener neighbourhood and more

2022 has ended with the great news on the adoption of the seven active Interreg NEXT programmes. Now it’s time to get to know them better. Our journey starts by taking a closer look at two programmes of the Interreg NEXT family that can be fairly considered as “giants” of CBC in the east, one because of its geographical scope, and the other in terms its financial allocation. Meet the Interreg VI-B NEXT Black Sea Basin and the Interreg NEXT Poland-Ukraine programmes!

ENI CBC Programmes

A total of 16 programmes will be implemented under ENI CBC. They cover 12 land borders, one sea crossing and three sea basins, stretching from Finland and Russia in the north, to countries like Hungary and the Ukraine in the east, and Italy, Northern Africa and the Middle East in the south.
Here you will find news and information on each programme, including the programme strategy and participating countries.

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