BRUXELLES – The European Commission is making available 757.6 million euros across six priority areas under its ENPI Inter-regional Programme (IRP) for the period 2011-2013, up from 523.9 million euros for the period 2007-2010. The IRP provides effective support for the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Strategic Partnership with Russia through activities best organised and implemented at interregional level: "It will support initiatives which by their nature or size cannot be effectively supported through bilateral, regional or thematic programmes, while enabling specific commitments towards particular areas of policy interest." The Indicative Programme 2011-2013 confirmed IRP priorities for the period, as support for investment, higher education and regulatory reforms were still medium term objectives. Funding for the Indicative Programme for 2011-2013 will amount to 757.6 million euros, breaking down as follows: 450 million euros for promoting large-scale investment in energy and transport infrastructure, the environment, social sectors and small and medium enterprise development in partner countries; 249 million euros for promoting higher education reform, institutional cooperation and mobility of students; 30 million for support for the reform processes in the partner countries through European advice and expertise; 15 million euros for promoting mutual understanding and cooperation between local actors in the EU and in the partner countries; 10 million euros for promoting Inter-Regional Cultural Action (People to People), with a particular focus on the indipendent cultural sector and the promotion of contacts between people; 3.6 million euros for promoting cooperation between partners countries and EU agencies.
Source: Vecchio sito IPA