Cross-border cooperation

Cross-border cooperation helps to address the common challenges of border regions and contributes to reducing social and economic inequalities in border areas. In each cross-border cooperation program, priorities and measures for the respective program area are defined. For example, some of the priorities are: environmental protection, strengthening competitiveness and development of the business environment, encouraging tourism and protection of cultural heritage in the program area.

In the EU budget period 2014-2020, Bosnia and Herzegovina participates in three cross-border cooperation programs, two bilateral (BiH-Montenegro and Serbia-BiH) and one trilateral (Croatia-BiH-Montenegro).

PROGRAM

VALUE

(IN MILIONS OF EUROS)

(includes co-financing by beneficiaries of at at least 15%)

PROGRAM TERRITORY

Croatia-BiH-Montenegro

67,2

12 counties in Croatia, 109 municipalities and Brčko District in BiH and 10 municipalities in Montenegro

BiH-Montenegro

9,7

56 municipalities in BiH and 14 in Montenegro

Serbia -BiH

16,2

30 municipalities in Serbia and 66 municipalities and the Brčko District in BiH

The implementation of the programs takes place through periodic public calls for project proposals. The programs finance exclusively non-profit activities in the program area, and eligible beneficiaries are non-profit legal entities, for example, public institutions at all levels, municipalities, educational institutions, institutes, tourist boards, civil society organizations, citizens' associations, chambers of commerce, small development agencies. and medium-sized enterprises, sports and professional associations and the like.

 Find out more details and how to participate in cross-border cooperation programs on the program web portals.

 The institution responsible for cross-border cooperation programs in BiH is the Directorate for European Integration.

Transnational cooperation encompasses the regions of several countries, forming larger zones within the EU. It serves to encourage cooperation and regional development through a common approach to addressing common challenges. Transnational cooperation programs encourage innovative and sustainable development of the area in which they operate.

In the EU budget period 2014-2020, Bosnia and Herzegovina participates in three transnational cooperation programs: the Adriatic-Ionian Transnational Program (ADRION), the Danube Transnational Program and the Mediterranean Transnational Program (MED).

PROGRAM

VALUE

(in millions of euros)

PARTICIPANTS

ERDF

IPA

Beneficiary co-financing

(ERDF i IPA)

ADRION

83,46

15,68

18,76

Greece, Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia

DANUBE

202,09

19,82

41,07

Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Moldova, Ukraine

MED

224,32

9,35

42,23

France Greece, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom (Gibraltar), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania

The implementation of the programs takes place through periodic public calls for project proposals. The programs fund non-profit activities in the program area, and eligible beneficiaries are non-profit legal entities, for example, public institutions at all levels, municipalities, educational institutions, institutes, tourist boards, civil society organizations, citizens' associations, chambers of commerce, small and medium entrepreneurship. Find out more details and how to participate in cross-border cooperation programs on the program web portals. The institution responsible for transnational cooperation programs in BiH is the Directorate for European Integration.