IPA II (2014-2020) - Indicative strategy papers for WBC

Prepared in partnership with the beneficiaries, IPA II sets a new framework for providing pre-accession assistance for the period 2014-2020.

The most important novelty of IPA II is its strategic focus. Country Strategy Papers are the specific strategic planning documents made for each beneficiary for the 7-year period. These will provide for a stronger ownership by the beneficiaries through integrating their own reform and development agendas. A Multi-Country Strategy Paper will address priorities for regional cooperation or territorial cooperation.

IPA II targets reforms within the framework of pre-defined sectors. These sectors cover areas closely linked to the enlargement strategy, such as democracy and governance, rule of law or growth and competitiveness. This sector approach promotes structural reform that will help transform a given sector and bring it up to EU standards. It allows a move towards a more targeted assistance, ensuring efficiency, sustainability and focus on results.

IPA II also allows for a more systematic use of sector budget support. Finally, it gives more weight to performance measurement: indicators agreed with the beneficiaries will help assess to what extent the expected results have been achieved.

The following indicative strategy papers are available for the countries in the region: (please find them attached)

  • Indicative Strategy Paper for Bosnia and Herzegovina (2014-2017)
  • Indicative Strategy Paper for Albania (2014-2020)
  • Indicative Strategy Paper for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (2014-2020)
  • Indicative Strategy Paper for Kosovo (2014-2020)
  • Indicative Strategy Paper for Montenegro (2014-2020)
  • Indicative Strategy Paper for Serbia (2014-2020)
  • Multi-Country Indicative Strategy Paper (2014-2020)
Document type
  • Policy/Strategy


Publication Year


Geographical focus
  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kosovo*
  • Montenegro
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Serbia
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary

Entry created by Ines Marinkovic on September 24, 2015
Modified on October 29, 2015