The cross-border cooperation between Poland, Belarus and Ukraine will be continued in the period 2014-2020 under the new European Neighbourhood Instrument within the CBC Programme Poland - Belarus - Ukraine 2014-2020. People living in four Polish voivodships, four Belarusian and six Ukrainian oblasts will have the opportunity to benefit from this cooperation. The Polish Ministry of Infrastructure and Development will play the role of the Managing Authority of the Programme. 

Programme preparation process

Starting from March 2013, the three countries' representatives have been working within the Joint Programming Committee (JPC) in order to set up the precise framework of the new Programme. In total seven meetings of the JPC were organized in order to prepare the final draft of the Programme.

During public consultations organized on the whole Programme area in May and June 2015 the draft Programme was presented to local governments, social and economic partners, nongovernmental organisations, educational institutions and other potential beneficiaries as well as the national institutions responsible for sectoral policies. Feedback from public hearings and consultations, as well as comments received via internet have been taken into account and reflected in the final Programme.

The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Programme was developed in dialogue between external environmental experts, the Managing Authority, the JPC and the wider audience via public hearings and consultation events arranged in all participating countries.

In addition to the public hearings and consultations, both - draft Programme and SEA were published on the Programme 2007-2013 website, which facilitated access to the documents by all interested parties. The final draft of the Programme approved by all three countries has been submitted for European Commission (EC) consideration on 30th June 2015 and shall be approved by the EC by the end of 2015 provided that all its observations will be duly taken into account.

Programme budget
Initially, the EC suggested to allocate almost 176 MEUR for the new Programme. However, on 30th September 2015 the Managing Authority received information from the EC about its decision to allocate additional funds amounting to more than 7 MEUR to the Programme, which means that the new indicative budget of the Programme overcomes 183 MEUR. More than 165 MEUR out of this amount will be directly used to finance the most valuable cross-border initiatives between institutions from the Programme area.

Thematic scope of the Programme support and Programme area
The JPC members selected the following four thematic objectives that Programme will adhere to:
• Promotion of local culture and preservation of historical heritage
• Improvement of accessibility to the regions, development of sustainable and climate-proof transport and communication networks and systems
• Common challenges in the field of safety and security
• Promotion of border management and border security, mobility and migration management.

It has been also confirmed by the JPC that the area of the new Programme will remain almost the same as in years 2007-2013, with some minor modifications in definition of the main and adjacent areas:

- in Poland

  • core area subregions: Krośnieński and Przemyski (in Podkarpackie voivodeship), Białostocki, Łomżyński and Suwalski (in Podlaskie voivodeship), Bialski and Chełmsko-zamojski sub-regions (in Lubelskie voivodeship), Ostrołęcko-siedlecki sub-region (in Mazowieckie voivodeship);
  • adjoining regions: Rzeszowski and Tarnobrzeski subregions (in Podkarpackie voivodeship); Puławski and Lubelski subregions (in Lubelskie voivodeship);

- in Belarus:

  • core area: Grodno and Brest oblasts; 
  • adjoining regions: Minsk Oblast (including the city of Minsk) and Gomel Oblast; 

in Ukraine:

  • core area: Lvivska, Volynska, Zakarpatska oblasts;
  • adjoining regions: Rivnenska, Ternopilska and Ivano-Frankivska oblasts.


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Large Infrastructure Projects
The new requirement of the EC is to limit the projects' expenditures for acquisition of infrastructure to maximum 2,5 MEUR per project. However, each programme can allocate up to 30% to the special projects which have bigger infrastructure components - such actions are called Large Infrastructure Projects (LIPs). The JPC has decided that within the new Programme, the LIPs will be selected only via direct award procedure. A list of such project ideas was already agreed between the national and regional authorities of three countries and currently is under EC approval.

Legal basis
The following links will lead you to the most important documents on the European Neighbourhood Instrument framework:
Programming document for EU support to ENI Cross-Border Cooperation (2014-2020).
Regulation (EU) No 232/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2014 Establishing a European Neighbourhood Instrument.
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 897/2014 of 18 August 2014 laying down specific provisions for the implementation of cross-border cooperation programmes financed under Regulation (EU) No 232/2014 of the European Parliament and the Council establishing a European Neighbourhood Instrument.

Further information
Please check the website www.pbu2020.eu/en/ for updated information on the new Programme adoption and implementation. Once the Programme is approved by the EC, the information sessions, partners' search forums and other events supporting the potential beneficiaries in applying for Programme funds will be organized across the Programme area. In turn, once the financing agreements regarding the Programme implementation between EC and Belarus and Ukraine are signed, the calls for project proposals will be organized (the launch of the 1st call is expected at the end of 2016/beginning of 2017).

Download the latest documents

on the Joint Operational Programme Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2014-2020 for the ENI
Cross-Border Cooperation programme for the years 2014-2020 to be financed from the
general budget of the European Union - download the PDF file (36,1 KB)

Joint Operational Programme Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2014-2020 approved by the EC - download the PDF file (1,78 MB)

Annex 1 to the JOP - List of Large Infrastructure Projects - download the PDF file (1,40 MB)

Annex 2 to the JOP - Statement on the SEA (SEA Summary) - download the PDF file (615 KB)

European Commission's Press release: 'EU to invest €1 billion in regions along its external borders' - open the text