On September 21, 2016 at 11:00 hrs, Press Conference and info session will be organized in the premises of the EU Info Centre in Skopje for promotion of the 1st Call for Proposals that is announced under this cross border cooperation programme since November 2011.

Official addresses will be delivered by:
Mr. Samuel ZBOGAR, Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Skopje
Ms. Shiret ELEZI, Minister for Local Self Government
Mr. Arbr Ademi, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs

An information session starting at 11.30hrs will be held for interested stakeholders, during which detailed presentation on the Guidelines for applicants will be delivered. The audience will have opportunity to ask questions in regards to the content of the Call so that they can better prepare their submissions.

In addition, six (6) information sessions on this call for proposals will be organised in the eligible areas in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Albania (Gostivar, Bitola, Ohrid, Peskopia, Korca and Elbasan) in September/October 2016. The exact places and dates of the information sessions will be additionally announced on the EuropeAid website, on the website of the EU Delegation in Skopje and the web site and social media of the EU Info Centre in Skopje.

Background information

Under the 1st Call for Proposals for the Cross-border Cooperation (CBC) Programme the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Republic of Albania, 2014-2020, the Delegation of European Union is seeking cross-border cooperation projects aiming to promote good neighborly relations and socio-economic development as well as fostering the European Union accession. The CBC Programme provides the socio-economic situation of the border region, sets out a common strategy for remedying problems identified and formulates joint thematic priorities for development.

The available fund for the Call is: 2,890,000 EUR.

This Call for Proposals includes three (3) Priority areas, as follows:
 Priority 1: Encouraging tourism, culture and natural heritage
 Priority 2: Enhancing competitiveness, business, trade and investment
 Priority 3: Protecting environment, promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation, risk prevention and management

The full Guidelines for Applicants are available for consultation at the following addresses:

The deadline for submission of concept notes is 1/11/2016 at 16:00 hrs