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Transfrontier Cooperation Program

EastWest Institute

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $615,000
  • Grant Period June 1, 2003–May 31, 2005
  • Location New York, NY, United States
  • Geographic Focus Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

About this grant

The Transfrontier Cooperation Program was launched in 1999 to address the growing significance of border issues which are linked to the political-economic transformation in Central/Eastern Europe and Russia, the conflict and fragmentation of states in southeastern Europe, and the process of European Union expansion.Multiyear funding will support activities that include fostering the development of independent, sustainable local institutions that promote cross-border relations in the region; transferring lessons learned across regions; and launching a European Policy Forum project to recommend policies for strategically important transfrontier areas of the European Union.During the first two years of the program, a number of cross-border institutions were developed in southeastern Europe and Russia including the Southern Adriatic Cross-Border Fire Fighting and Water Management Commissions, the Prespa/Ohrid Economic Task Force, the European Quality Center, the Democracy Development Foundation and the Regional Development Agency in the Pskov region. These institutions successfully promoted mutually beneficial cooperation between estranged communities in common-interest fields and provided an indigenous approach to cross-border crisis management and economic integration.