EU: Neighbourhood policy 2014-2020, new guidelines

The instrument covers ten South countries

07 December, 19:21

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 7 - New guidelines for the EU Neighbourhood Policy and the funds in 2014-2020. The European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) will provide increased support to 16 partner countries to the East and South of the EU's borders, including ten countries from the southern shore of the Mediterranean: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian territory, Syria and Tunisia.

Building on the achievements of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), the new ENI will contribute to strengthening bilateral relations with partner countries and bring tangible benefits to both the EU and its partners in areas such as democracy and human rights, the rule of law, good governance and sustainable development. Main elements of ENI will be: first, the application of differentiation and the 'more for more' principle, a key aspect that will allow the EU to increase its support significantly for those partners that are genuinely implementing a broad and comprehensive democratisation process. Other priorities will be reducing the complexity and length of the programming process and simplifying and mainstreaming the implementation provisions.

Another aim is to focus cooperation on key policy objectives and reinforcing cooperation between Member States and partner countries along the external border of the EU.(ANSAmed).

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