The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre is an EU-funded communication project that seeks to increase people's knowledge about and awareness of the EU's Euro-Mediterranean cooperation and the EU's Partnership with the East. The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre focuses in particular on activities supported by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). ENPI is the financial instrument through which the EU spends money to turn European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) political decisions into actions on the ground.
What is ENP and ENPI?
The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is an EU external relations policy that aims to draw Europe and its neighbours closer together. The policy dates back to the period just after the 2004 enlargement, in which ten new member countries joined the EU.
The ENP supports political and economic reforms in sixteen of Europe’s neighbouring countries in order to promote peace, stability and economic prosperity in the whole region. Its aim is to focus more on bilateral relations between the EU and each neighbouring country than has been the case in the past.
Which countries are part of the EU neighbourhood?
The countries participating in the ENPI are:
Where can I find information on specific EU policies towards EU neighbourhood countries such as the Eastern Partnership or the Union for the Mediterranean?
ENPI EuroEast cover the EU's Eastern Partnership countries plus Russia
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is the EU’s foreign policy towards Eastern Europe and Southern Caucasus countries. It provides the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) with a specific eastern dimension. Launched in May 2009 at the Prague Summit, the EaP fosters the necessary conditions to accelerate political association and further economic integration between the European Union and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Read more here: http://www.enpi-info.eu/eastportal/content//506/Eastern%20Partnership
ENPI EuroMed covers the Union for the Mediterranean countries
What media materials are produced by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre?
The EU Neighbourhood Info Centreproduces material illustrating the work done in the partner countries by the projects that are funded via EuropeAid’s regional programmes.
The available material ranges from feature stories to interviews to press packs to photos to videos. It allows readers to see the results of projects through the eyes of the people who have benefited from EU cooperation. All these types of material give a flavour of achievements on the ground, simplifying polices and listing available information sources. A selection of these articles can be read in the magazine, entitled 'Projects in Action', available both for the East (in English and Russian) and the South (in English, French and Arabic).
What are the sources of the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre’s news alerts and where can these sources be found?
All the news alerts published on www.enpi-info.eu are based on press releases and other information from EU institution, EU-funded project or EU Delegation websites where the information was originally published. Users can click on weblinks under a 'Read more' section under the news alerts to find the original source of information.
What other information can be found on the ENPI website?
Interviews with EU officials produced in Brussels by ENPI Info Centre staff can be read on the website. There are also features on particular themes, which are written by local journalists and illustrated with pictures from local photographers in the partner countries.The journalists research EU-funded project activities by speaking to the people who have benefited from the projects while the photographers capture the story in pictures.
The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre is not a news agency and does not have its own network of correspondents but cooperates with these journalists and photographers, who are either attached to one publication or are freelancers.
In which languages can I find the documents/ news?
All EU Neighbourhood Info Centrematerial is available in four languages: English, French, Arabic and Russian. Some of the material is also produced in local languages such as Hebrew, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Moldovan and Ukrainian.
Can I use quotes from the website?
Quotes are published on the website in EN or FR and are translated into the respective languages of the regions (RU and AR). They are published with information about the source of the quotes, the person who made the comment and where the comment was made. You are very welcome to use them.
Can I use photos from the website?
Photos with captions are published in the website galleries. You can download them in high resolution from the website. Please just make sure that you publish photos together with the copyright information (as identified in the caption).
Do you have a video channel?
Yes, we do. ENPI tube is available at your disposal. And we are very happy if you share the videos with others too.
We have produced a number of videos, such as:
· Energy Cooperation with Eastern Neighbours(available in English, Russian)
· Transport Cooperation with Eastern Neighbours (available in English, Russian)
· Environment Cooperation with Eastern Neighbours (available in English, Russian)
· The Partnership with Southern Neighbours ((available in English, Arabic)
How can I receive your news?
The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre provides a free daily service, delivering news of your choice directly to your email box. Below is the link to this option, where you can sign up and choose which country and what subject you would like to follow:
This service is available in English only.
However, if you would like to receive news feeds in other languages, you can choose an RSS subscription, available in English, Russian, Arabic and French
What is RSS?
RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing content from the web. It allows you to keep up to date easily by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in without your having to visit each site one by one.
Where do I find policy documents?
A big collection of 700+ database documents is available as a new resource launched by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre. You can download various policy documents and sources sorted by language and/or by category by using this link http://www.enpi-info.eu/library/
I am having trouble understanding some EU jargon? How can you help?
A separate section of the website is devoted to resources that can help you understand some of the EU jargon.
Can we provide funding?
Unfortunately we are not in a position to assist you with EU funding or support you in applying for funds. However, we have a full section on opportunities published on our website. See below.
What are the opportunities published by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre?
The 'opportunities' section of the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre website is particularly useful for NGOs and civil society organisations, as well as other stakeholders active in ENP priority fields (either from partner countries or EU member states), who wish to participate in the Union’s efforts at establishing closer links with its neighbourhood.
This 'opportunities' section lays special emphasis on calls for tender and service notices from EuropeAid and the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)
Can we help you in your job search?
The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre has created a new networking group on the social media Linked-In to help everybody working in the European neighbourhood who wants to keep up to date with job and networking opportunities related to ENPI projects.
To join our Linked-In group, please click here
How can I get more information on ENPI events?
A calendar of ENPI-related events from regional projects, EU delegations and a European Commission calendar are available on our website in four languages (EN, FR, AR and RU). You can access it via the link below:
What handbooks are available to cover relations between the EU and its neighbours?
The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre has produced a couple of handbooks, which are intended to support journalists' work by giving them lots of practical tips, suggestions and guidance:
· A Journalist’s Handbook
Through the handbook, journalists can easily find information concerning the EU’s relations with its neighbours in the South and to the East, which website to visit, a list of jargon guides, events calendars, etc.
The handbook gives photographers advice on how to take good photos of EU-funded projects. It contains some basic rules to be followed, not only on the angle and focus of the images but also on issues such as resolution, copyright and respecting EU visibility guidelines. The publication also includes guidelines for projects, with many examples of good and bad photos and ideas of how they can be used.
· Cooperation instruments and tools
This publication describes the various funding opportunities available to stakeholders in the partner countries in the Southern and Eastern Neighbourhood regions in simple language.
Are you present on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Linked In?
Where can I find the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre banner?
All materials can be downloaded from the link below: