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The possibility of finding the potential cross-border partners will soon be available on this page of the website through the partner search database.

You will have the opportunity to register your possible project ideas and invite possible partners from the neighbouring counties to join you in developing the project idea into the successful project proposal.


The first training of the potential applicants for the IPA cross-border programmes in the Western Balkans took place on December 5th – 7th 2007 in Struga (Hotel Solferino). This training was organised by the East West Institute and the CBIB project, and was supported by the Ministry of Local Self Government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the Ministry of European Integration of Albania.

The training targeted the eligible applicants for the cross-border programme the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia-Albania. There were 31 participants in total, 22 from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, representatives of municipalities or regions, region development agencies, NGOs, universities, SMEs, and 9 participants from Albania.

The working language was English, without simultaneous translation.

The training materials were prepared by the CBIB EU short-term experts and the training was delivered by the CBIB local short-term experts.


The main objectives of the course were to familiarise potential applicants with:

  • different steps in the implementation of the cross-border programme and the necessary procedures – i.e. Call for Proposals (CfP), evaluation, pre-financing, etc;
  • different steps in the CBC project preparation (PCM/Logframe approach).

Important elements of the methodology of the training are the following:

  • Interactive approach: Combination of theoretical sessions with practical work/learning exercise: “learning by doing”. Due to the relatively short duration of the training (three days), most of the topics were presented in plenary sessions (presentations followed by discussions and/or “buzzing” sessions;


Group exercises: three different approaches were followed with regards to group work exercise:

  • Small group exercises – discussions in small groups: intervention logic, formulating indicators, understanding application form;
  • Big group exercises – discussions of all in one group of topics related to: CfP Guidelines, Logframe, Indicators, Budgeting, financial and administrative provisions;
  • Recap on day 2 and 3 (each participant answers a question related to a topic/issue discussed the day before;


Conclusions and Lessons Learned:

Since this was a cross-border event, the training was also used for networking and partner search. This was an additional value of the event, but at the same time it had its disadvantages: working language had to be English and since all the participants are not so familiar with the language, the impact of such an event would be much better if it was organized in a local language.

It would be much easier for the trainees and the training would be more interactive if there were les participants. The trainers did not have enough time involve the participants that were not so active. Working with smaller groups would have a much better impact. The maximum number of participants for this kind of training should be 20 to 25.

This awareness seminar on the cross-border programme Bosnia and Herzegovina – Croatia was organized on December 11th, 2007 in the premises of the Municipality Bihac, which was the host institution. The seminar was organized in close cooperation of the Directorate for European Integration and the CBIB.

Different institutions (Municipalities, NGOs, Chambers of Commerce, Health Care and educational institutions, etc.) were invited and 42 persons participated. The event was well covered by the local media (TV, newspapers and radio). Mrs. Kata Repac, Head of Department from Municipality Bihac, officially opened the seminar.


The objective of this awareness seminar was to familiarize the potential applicants in Bihac region with the cross-border programme Bosnia and Herzegovina – Croatia and with the main characteristics of a cross-border project. More specifically, the objective of the awareness seminar was to help potential applicants of the Bihac region to start thinking about projects ideas, preparation of projects and search of relevant partners.

Four presentations were made:

  • Introduction to IPA and IPA Component II: Cross-border programme 2007-2013Bosnia and Herzegovina – Croatia, presented by Nada Bojanic acting Head of the Department for regional cooperation and CBC programmes, Directorate for European Integration for Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • Regional project Cross Border Institution Building – CBIB and its activities in the Western Balkan region, presented by Vlado Pijunovic from CBIB Sarajevo office;
  • What is a cross-border project (type of projects, type of partners, budget and eligible costs, call forproposal), presented by Maja Stojanovic from CBIB Belgrade office;
  • Cross – border cooperation and absorption capacities, presented by Sandi Zulic from “Una-Sana” Association for protection and promotion of environment.

Conclusions and Lessons Learned:

The organizers consider this event very successful. The great interest of the participants shows that IPA CBC raises a lot of expectations in the region. The participants of the seminar showed great interest in the presented topics and most of the participants expressed interest for participation in future trainings and seminars. The presentation and presence of a local association which is actively engaged in the existing regional projects gave additional value to the seminar and participants expressed the initiative to start considering different project ideas and potential partners from this region.

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