On March 28, 2017, a grant project preparation workshop in the network of the Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) program named Black Sea Basin 2014-2020 was held in Odessa. The Program is financed by the European Union in the network if the European Neighborhood Instrument (ENI).
Cross Border Cooperation is a key element of the EU policy towards its neighbors. It supports sustainable development along the EUs external borders, helps reducing differences in living standards and addressing common challenges across these borders.

In its turn, the Black Sea Basin Program 2014-2020 (BSB) is aimed at two basic objectives:
- promoting business and entrepreneurship within the Black Sea Basin;
- promoting coordination of environmental protection and joint reduction of marine litter in the Black Sea Basin.

The event was participated by: Romanian Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds Ministry representative Mrs. Eugenia Stanciu, Ukrainian Economical Development and Trade Ministry representative Mrs. Kateryna Shumeyko, TESIM (Technical Support to the Implementation and Management of ENI CBC programs) Senior Expert Mrs. Karine Leroy, as well as the representatives of the public administration bodies, institutes and universities, NGOs, research, cultural and educational organizations.
Odessa Regional Institute for Public Administration of the National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine (ORIPA NAPA) was represented by: Management Faculty Dean Mrs. Yulia Yevstyunina, European Integration Department Head Mrs. Valentyna Kryvtsova, Philosophic and Socio-Political Studies Department Professor Mrs. Svitlana Ovcharenko Project Management Department Associate Professor Mr. Oleksandr Yatsenko, European Integration Department Associate Professor Mr. Viktor Komarovskiy, International Relations Department Chief Specialist Ms. Anastasia Kovalevska, and International Relations Department Intern Mr. Maximilian Ohle.
In the network of the workshop, the participants were provided with comprehensive information concerning ENI CBC BSB call opportunities and requirements, key elements of the call (projects funded, evaluation process etc.), key aspects of project development, project activity and financial requirements (including the project proposal activity and financial requirements, as well as the financial and activity planning aspects etc.), financial requirements (including national co-financing) and public procurement, specific requirements for the decentralized first-level control and expenditure verification according to national legislation.
On top of that, the project representative demonstrated a step-by-step instruction on how to apply in the programme electronic system, and delivered a presentation of the application form, annexes and procedures to apply.
Besides, the participants of the seminar were offered to work in groups, utilizing the knowledge having been acquired during the presentation to prepare their own contest project. After the careful preparation, the project drafts were evaluated by the workshop management, and the participants had a chance to address all their practical questions to the experts, as well as receive the expert project estimation.
After the presentation, BSB ENI CBC representatives answered the audiences numerous questions, and emphasized the crucial importance of strict complying with the requirements and rules of the contest project design by all the parties interested in the grant support.

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