Commissioner Füle: cross-border component is an important feature of the cooperation in the Mediterranean region

European Commissioner Štefan Füle described during the Programme Mid-Term Conference the approach that the EU adopted to support democratic transition and constitutional reforms in Southern neighbouring countries, in particular SPRING (Support to Partnership, Reform and Inclusive Growth) and the Civil Society Facility. As stated by Mr. Füle, “in recognition of the increased importance of the Neighbourhood Policy in the European Union's overall foreign policy, the Commission proposed a substantial increase in the budget allocated to the Neighbourhood in the next financial period 2014-2020. Our proposal is a little bit more than € 18 billion, a significant increase compared to the existing level”. In addition, the Commissioner responsible for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy confirmed his “determination to ensure that cross-border cooperation should remain an important feature of the cooperation in the Mediterranean region” and expressed his satisfaction for the strong interest in the ENPI CBC Med Programme.