News archive - EC publishes "Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance review"

The Panorama Magazine of DG for Regional Policy has published an edition dealing with the links between regional policy and enlargement funds.

Developing close relationships with countries seeking to join the European Union is of the utmost importance. The Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) is a new facility aimed at assisting candidate countries and potential candidate countries to better understand how the Union works, and adapt national policies, rules and regulations in preparation for membership. This edition of Panorama takes a look at two IPA components that are managed by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional Policy (DG REGIO): cross-border co-operation and regional development.

The former seeks to promote co-operation between authorities in EU Member States and candidate/potential candidate countries which share borders. The latter is designed to support investment in the same way that regions within
the Union are supported under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund.

Articles covering Croatia, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia explain different ways in which these beneficiary countries are preparing to make the best use of IPA funding. Authors from the IPA countries give some insight into their experiences, including on implementation on past IPA-type projects. A special report from Ruse, Bulgaria, shows how EU funds have been put to good use in the field of water management. To access the Panorama magazine in six languages, including Croatian, Turkish and Macedonian, please go to:


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Entry created by Katarina Rohsmann on January 9, 2009
Modified on January 9, 2009