The CEI Committee of National Coordinators (CNC) gathered - for the fourth time this year - on 10-11 October 2013 in Trieste. The meeting was held back to back with the Stakeholders’ Conference “Connecting Macro-regions and Strengthening Regional Cooperation on the Eve of the New Cohesion Policy of the European Union”  on 11 October 2013.
The CNC meeting mainly dealt with the preparation of the documents to be submitted for approval to the Meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs, due on 31 October 2013 in Gödöllő (Hungary). In this context, the National Coordinators finalised the texts of the decisions on the revitalisation of the CEI Business Dimension and the obligatory contributions to the CEI Cooperation Fund for 2014. The Joint Communiqué, to be approved by the Ministers, was also discussed and agreed upon.
The Coordinators took stock of the preparations of the CEI Plan of Action 2014-2016 as well as of the numerous events and activities organised by the CEI Secretariat and the Hungarian Presidency in a number of areas. Particular attention was paid to the CEI Feature Events and Prizes and Awards, confirming the role of the CEI as a dialogue forum. The Hungarian Presidency informed the CNC on the activities planned until the end of the year.
Participants also received information about the results of the Call for Proposals 2013 for financing Cooperation Activities through the CEI Cooperation Fund: 158 applications were submitted, requesting CEI support amounting to around 2 million EUR. The CNC also took note of the results of the Call for Proposals of KEP Italy: 44 applications for KEP projects were received requesting grant financing of more than 1.3 million EUR. The eligible applications for both calls are undergoing the evaluation process.
The  CNC Agenda was complemented by the Awarding Ceremony of the CEI Medal of Honour, bestowed upon two distinguished figures: Ambassador Gerhard Pfanzelter, former CEI Secretary General - for the outstanding achievements of the CEI under his leadership; and Senator Oskar Peterlini, former Chairperson of the General Committee on Cultural Affairs of the CEI Parliamentary Dimension - for his longlasting and successful chairmanship.