European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI)

Any donor
European Union
Geographical focus: 
Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Education in Tourism
Tourism and Culture
Intro text: 
The ENI supports strengthening of relations with Neighborhood countries and brings tangible benefits to both the EU and its partners. It is administered by the European Commission, DG International Cooperation and Development.

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Geographic focus

EU neighbourhood countries: the 16 ENP partner countries and Russia.

Who can apply?

Decentralised institutions and entities in partner countries and regions; International and regional organisations; International financial institutions; European institutions and agencies; Non-governmental players.

Objectives and activities

Objectives: ENI  provides support through bilateral, multi-country and Cross Border Cooperation (CBC) programmes as well as through "umbrella programmes" that will represent the key mechanism for applying an incentive-based approach.

Activities: The vast majority of ENI funding is used for bilateral cooperation, tailor-made to each Neighbourhood partner country. The bilateral ENP Action Plans (APs) are mutually agreed between the EU and each partner country. ENI also supports regional, interregional and Cross Border Cooperation (CBC) programmes.

The ENI will encourage closer links between the EU and partner countries to enable their citizens to participate in successful EU internal programmes, such as on student mobility, youth programmes or support to civil society.

Type and level of funding

ENI has a budget of €15.4 billion for the period 2014-2020. It provides financial assistance in the form of grants.