From ENPI to ENI: Parliament approves new European Neighbourhood Instrument

According to a press release of the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre, a deal with EU member states on six foreign policy funds - including more than €15 billion for the new European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) - was endorsed by the European Parliament on Wednesday 12th December. The total funding for the six instruments is worth over €51 billion for the period 2014-2020, and covers neighbouring and partner countries, pre-accession assistance, as well as peace-keeping, democracy and human-rights actions. The package will also have to be voted by the Council and is expected to be adopted shortly. 

"Thanks to the new Neighbourhood Instrument the EU should be able to react faster to the changing reality of our neighbourhood, while clearly supporting democratic values and human rights.  We are ready to give more support to countries that make progress on democratic reform, but also expect them to demonstrate more respect for these values" said the EP’s ENI rapporteur Eduard Kukan.

The final budget for the ENI stands at €15.433 billion (current prices), which is overall comparable with the funding allocated under the current European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) for 2007-2013.

Building on the achievements of the current ENPI, the ENI aims to strength relations with Neighbourhood countries and bring tangible benefits to both the EU and its partners. It will provide support through bilateral, multi-country and Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) programmes.

Up to 5% of the ENI budget will be dedicated to CBC programmes – including the 2014-2020 ENI CBC Med Programme - while the rest of the funding come from the European Regional Development Fund. The financial allocation per programme will be decided on the basis of a series of criteria amongst which the population of cooperation area. 

About the new European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI)

In line with the renewed Neighbourhood Policy launched in 2011, ENI support will mainly focus on:
• Promoting human rights and the rule of law, establishing deep and sustainable democracy and developing a thriving civil society;
• Sustainable and inclusive growth, including progressive integration in the EU internal market;
• Mobility and people-to-people contacts, including student exchanges;
• Regional integration, including Cross-Border Cooperation programmes.