The 1st Call for Project Proposals of the Transnational Cooperation Programme INTERREG V-Β «Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020» (BalkanMed) was published on 16/12/2015. The total budget of the Call is 20,132,788 €, out of which 17,112,870 € are EU funds and the remaining 3,019,918 € are the national co-financing of the countries participating in the Programme. The deadline for submission of project proposals is the 15th April 2016.

The 1st call is open for both Priority Axes of the Programme:

  • Priority Axis 1: Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Available Budget: 7,793,338 €)
  • Priority Axis 2: Environment (Available Budget:12,339,450 €)

Projects selected shall involve beneficiaries from at least three (3) of the five (5) Partner States (Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Albania and Republic of Macedonia). The budget of each project may vary from 500,000 € to 1,000,000 € for Priority Axis 1 and from 500,000 € to 1,500,000 € for Priority Axis 2.

More information on the Call, the submission of project proposals and on the Programme itself is available on the Programme’s websites

The BalkanMed Programme

The BalkanMed Programme, which brings together three EU countries (Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus) and two candidate countries (Albania and Republic of Macedonia), will focus on two priorities:boosting the competitiveness of the regional economy through entrepreneurship and innovation, and protecting the environment.

The projects funded under the Programme will foster entrepreneurial, social and digital innovation, establish linkages between business and education, and enable the exchange of knowledge between the regions. Investments under the second priority will ensure a sustainable use of resources and preservation of natural and cultural heritage across the whole Balkan-Mediterranean region.

Over €28 million from the European Regional Development Fund and more than €5 million from the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance will be allocated to the Programme. With national co-financing included, the total budget of the Programme amounts to almost €40 million.