Albania-Italy-Montenegro cross-border program to be funded by EU’s 92 mln euro IPA fund
The European Union is expected to fund the latest tripartite project among Italy, Albania and Montenegro, at the amount of 92 million euro.
The cross-border program between the three states will focus on five key areas and will be funded through instruments of pre-accession assistance, otherwise known by its acronym as IPA funds.
The project was officially launched in Bari on Monday, and attending the event was the Minister of Integration of Albania Klajda Gjosha.
“Beyond the economic dimension, which in itself is very important to reduce development imbalances, the impact of the program will be essential to building bridges of cooperation between regions and local communities,” Gjosha said.
“Financing projects in areas such as environment, competition, innovation, cultural and natural heritage, and sustainable transport, with a total funding amounting to around 92 million euro, will definitely bring change for healthier, more competitive and better societies,” declared Gjosha.
The cross-border cooperation program will be implemented in several phases, and the first of them is worth 25 million euro.
This phase will be implemented on the basis of public calls for projects, where everyone can participate, and it is expected to be published in the coming days.
Italy is involved in this project with two regions, Puglia and Molise, while Albania and Montenegro will be included with all their territory.
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