The programme for Cross-border cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Albania will be implemented under the framework of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance ( IPA II ). IPA II supports Cross-border cooperation with a view to promoting good neighbourly relations, fostering union integration and promoting socio-economic development.


The legal provisions for its implementation are stipulated in the following pieces of legislation:

  • Regulation (EU) No 231/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2014 establishing an Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II);
  • Regulation (EU) No 236/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2014 laying down common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union’s instruments for fi nancing external action and
  • Commission Implementing Regulation EU no 447/2014 of 2 May 2014 on the specifi c rules for implementing the IPA II regulation.


This Cross Border Co-operation Programme covers the period 2014-2020 and relates to the New Financial Perspective of the European Community. It has been designed on the basis of a detailed analysis of the situation in the programme area.


Republic of Macedonia-Republic of Albania border area features one of the most impoverished areas and one of the least favourable socio-economic development opportunities and conditions in the entire European continent due to rural, mountainous and remote character of the CBC Area. In addition, the present development situation of the Programme Area derives from a set of historically, demographically, politically, geographically and economically driven factors, which cannot be overcome in a short period of time.


The proposed intervention and activities stem from ‘problem tree’ combined with strategic balance sheet analysis and limited resource of the Programme. It aims to address the most important problem nodes and strategic opportunity identifi ed through socio-economic and SWOT analysis, namely: i) low levels of economic activity along with mismatch of supply and demand in the labour market, ii) underdeveloped and obsolete environment infrastructure and iii) potential in tourism development and cultural exchange.


The Programme concentrates on three IPA II Regulation thematic priorities deriving from needs-opportunity analysis. These are, namely:

  • Encouraging tourism and cultural and natural heritage (opportunity-driven);
  • Enhancing competitiveness, business, trade and investment (needs and opportunity-driven) and
  • Protecting the environment, promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation, risk prevention and management (needs driven).

Find more: Programme brochure 2014-2020