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Promotion of Know-how Exchange Programme in Balkan region

The CEI-Executive Secretariat - in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation - has recently concluded a promotional tour to capital cities of several Member States, namely Tirana, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Sofia and Skopje.

The visits were meant to raise awareness about the Know-how Exchange Programme (KEP), a CEI flagship development tool financed by Italy through the CEI Fund at the EBRD. The KEP aims at supporting capacity-building actions and transfer of good practices from EU to non-EU CEI Member States to enhance their integration and advancement towards EU standards and policies.

The events gathered representatives of institutions dealing with transnational projects from ministries, national/regional agencies and authorities, local governments including municipalities, as well as selected NGOs and the private sector.

In each capital city, a representative of the Italian Embassy together with the CEI National Coordinator from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the host country welcomed the participants. Their opening words were followed by a presentation of the KEP and its Call for Proposals 2022 (deadline: 13 June) by the Programme Manager of the CEI Fund at the EBRD. Selected KEP project partners were also involved by sharing their experience with the call and project implementation.

The ultimate goal was to further enhance the visibility of the KEP and contribute to improving the level of financed projects by enabling beneficiary countries to participate also as project originators.

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