On December 12, 2014 the NextMed Conference took place in Rome, to mark the passage to the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) 2014-2020 Programme, replacing the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI).
The conference aimed to showcase the achievements of Cross-Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean region and to highlight coming challenges under ENI. At this purpose, participants - a wide range of actors of the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation among political, EU and project representatives – could experience, in the exposition area, an exceptional journey through the 95 projects funded by the ENPI CBC Med 2007-2013 Programme and, in the morning session, seize the opportunity to deepen the strategy, objectives and priorities of the new EU Programme.
The European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) - over €15 billion from 2014 to 2020 - reflects real needs and considerations that have emerged over the years. ENI seeks to streamline financial support by concentrating on agreed policy objectives and make programming shorter, better focused and more effective.
Under the ENI, the assistance to Neighbours – in the Mediterranean area partners are Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia - will be faster and more flexible, reducing the complexity and length of the programming process; it will offer incentives to those partners that are really implementing what has been jointly agreed and will allocate a greater proportion of funds where aid can have the highest impact.
Details about the priorities under the bilateral, the multi-country and the cross border cooperation programmes can be found in Annex II of the ENI Regulation.