The activity led by its Balkan & Black Sea Commission has enabled CPMR to obtain observer status within the drafting committee of the Black Sea Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020, co-funded by the EU neighbourhood and pre-accession instruments (ENI and IPA). The Committee met on 17 and 18 July in Brussels, in the presence of a CPMR representative to move forward on the preparation of this programme, and in particular to define its priorities and thematic objectives. All relevant details will be given to CPMR Regions at the Balkan and Black Sea Commission meeting on 24 September in Umeå.
In this regard, the CPMR has contacted the managing authority of the programme (Romanian Ministry in charge of Regional Policy) and the European Commission (DG Devco) to support the request of the Greek North Aegean Region to be included in the cooperation area. This Region was not a stakeholder in the programme in 2007-2013.