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Regulation (EU) no 232/2014 of the European parliament and of the Council of 11 march 2014 establishing a European Neighbourhood Instrument

By Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Lebanon - | - last updated :


The ENI provides the bulk of funding to the 16 partner countries covered by the European neighbourhood policy (ENP). This financing instrument seeks to strengthen relations with the beneficiaries through bilateral, multi-country and cross-border cooperation (CBC) programmes.

Regulation (EU) No 232/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2014 establishing a European Neighbourhood Instrument


ENI aims to create an area of shared prosperity and good neighbourliness between European Union countries and partner countries by:

  • promoting human rights, the rule of law, sustainable democracy and citizen participation;
  • sustainable and inclusive growth and economic, social and territorial development, including progressive integration in the EU’s internal market;
  • mobility and people-to-people contacts, including student exchanges;
  • regional integration, including cross-border cooperation programmes.
  • Respect for human rights, democracy and good governance will be an important criterion influencing the granting of funds to partner countries.


ENIbeneficiaries are Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine.

Responding to the evolving relationship with Russia, this country will remain eligible under ENI for regional cooperation. ENI will also support the implementation of regional and macro-regional strategies (as for the Black Sea synergy).


ENI will differentiate levels of support by adjusting assistance to the partner countries’ needs and progress.

EU support will:

  • be based on an incentive based approach (so called more for more approach) to permit greater support for partners genuinely implementing sustainable democracy;
  • focus on cross-border cooperation (CBC) programmes between EU and partner countries;
  • seek to strengthenlinks between EU and partner countries’ citizens by enabling participation in EU internal programmes such as Horizon 2020, Erasmus + and COSME.

ENI will also encourage citizens’ organisations and local authorities to get involved in preparing, implementing and monitoring EU support.


The ENI budget for 2014-20 is EUR 15.433 billion. The main rules and procedures to implement this programme are in Regulation (EU) No 236/2014, a cross-cutting regulation which relates to funding under all EU external instruments.

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Regulation (EU) no 232/2014 of the European parliament and of the Council of 11 march 2014 establishing a European Neighbourhood Instrument