Regional Programmes

BALKAN INCENTIVE FUND FOR CULTURE (BIFC)

Balkans Arts and Culture Fund (BAC) is the regional fund which promotes contemporary arts and culture. BAC is guided by the belief in socially transformative and emancipatory power of culture. As such, BAC is dedicated to fostering inclusive, democratic, and prosperous societies - by strengthening the cultural sector, and encouraging regional collaboration and integration. Balkans Arts and Culture Fund (BAC) is supported by the Swiss Government, the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and art∡ngle - Balkans | Culture | Development.


WESTERN BALKANS PLATFORM ON EDUCATION AND TRAINING (WB PET)

The WB PET is an EU initiative for regional and enhanced cooperation in education, which was launched in 2012. It covers the countries of Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia. The aim of the initiative is to assist the Western Balkans with their education and training reforms, as well as increase regional cooperation. Annual meetings, chaired by the Director-General of Education and Culture, are held between each country’s education ministers to identify the areas where regional cooperation and/or assistance is needed. The current priority of the WB PET is higher education.


DANUBE TRANSNATIONAL PROGRAMME 2014-2020

The Danube Transnational Programme is built around four thematic priority axes: Innovative and socially responsible Danube region; Environment and culture responsible Danube region; Better connected and energy responsible Danube region: and Well-governed Danube region. The programmes is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). Eligible partners will, therefore, come from 9 EU countries - Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany (only Baden-Württemberg and Bayern), Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia; and 5 non-EU countries - Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, part of Ukraine.


SALTO-YOUTH

Established in 2000, SALTO-YOUTH is a network of eight Resource Centres working on European priority areas within the youth field. As part of the European Commission's Training Strategy, SALTO-YOUTH provides non-formal learning resources for youth workers and youth leaders and organises training and contact-making activities to support organisations and National Agencies within the frame of the European Commission's Erasmus+ :Youth in Action programme and beyond. The area of cooperation between the Programme and neighborhood partner countries within Erasmus+ includes 55 countries, including the Western Balkan region.


 BALKAN-MEDITERRANEAN 2014-2020

The “Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020” is a cooperation programme, deriving from both, the split of the “South East 2007 – 2013” and the strong will of the “Balkan-Mediterranean” participating countries to promote cooperation in the area. The programme brings together five countries, three EU member states (Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece) and two candidate countries, Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The programme is built on two priority axes – “Entrepreunership & Innovation” and “Environment”. The Balkan – Mediterranean Cooperation Programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA).


EUROMED HERITAGE REGIONAL PROGRAMME 

Since 1998 the Euromed Heritage regional programme has committed a total of 57 million euros to fund partnerships between conservation experts and heritage institutions from the countries of the Mediterranean region. Almost 400 partners from the Member States of the European Union and MEDA countries (Algeria, Palestinian Authority, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey) have benefited from the Programme during its past phases: Euromed Heritage 4; Euromed Heratage III; Euromed Heritage II and Euromed Heritage I.


SOUTHMED CV – COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE FOR THE PUBLIC VALUE OF CULTURE IN THE SOUTHERN MEDITERRANEAN

The project aims to bring culture from the margins to the center of the public sphere, exploring its potential connections with economic, social and political development strategies. SouthMed CV intends to foster the role of culture in social cohesion by funding cultural and artistic innovative projects related to human rights, gender, diversity, social inclusion or environmental issues, preferably with a potential and multiplier long-lasting effect. It will also contribute to the development of capacities and skills of cultural operators, institutional strengthening of cultural associations and networks, exchange of expertise at regional level, and promotion of cooperation between cultural organisations and other actors in civil society. SouthMed CV is funded by the European Union within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture, designed to accompany partner countries in south of the Mediterranean in the development and improvement of cultural policies related to the culture sector. Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.