Mission and Objectives
The Central European Initiative (CEI) was founded in Budapest on 11 November 1989.
It is a regional intergovernmental forum committed to supporting European integration through cooperation between and among its Member States. In order to offer a solid contribution to European integration, the CEI combines multilateral diplomacy and project management, both as donor and recipient. Its institutional and geographical position enables the CEI to act as a bridge between macro-regions.
The CEI strategic objectives are the following:
• Support CEI Member States on their path towards European integration;
• Promote the alignment of CEI Member States to EU standards;
• Implement small and medium-sized projects;
• Open to convert constructive ideas into innovative results.
In this context, the aim of the political cooperation is to supply the countries and their institutions with a flexible, pragmatic platform for regional cooperation, while focusing on their preparation to a future accession to the European Union (EU). In doing so, special attention is given to capacity building of the non-EU CEI Member States which, thanks to its ideal location, is pursued through know-how transfer and exchange of experience among those countries which are members of the EU and those which are not. The CEI is actively engaged in supporting projects in various areas of cooperation, also through the mobilisation of financial resources providing greater possibilities for studying, financing and executing national and international projects.
The CEI's added value lies in the specific combination of operational structures and funds and instruments.
The Organisation’s priorities within the established areas of cooperation are clearly defined in the triennial Plan of Action.