TITRE

Welcome to the official NEEBOR website. The project has grown out from the Network of Eastern External Border Regions, a wide European initiative aimed at the collaboration of regions from European Union countries on its external borders, which decided to work more closely together and to elaborate joint actions for their common challenges. The project has 12 partners - representative regional bodies from eight European countries, and intends to involve further interested European and non-European partners in their activities.

The core elements of successful Small and Medium Enterprises development and innovation policies in these areas are cross-border business cooperation with non-European neighboring countries, and better access to knowledge and financing for SMEs in periphery areas. Good practices and the special opportunities in these common fields should be better exploited and strengthened. That is why the overall objective of the NEEBOR project is to exchange and exploit solutions for a more competitive and innovative SME sector while increasing the efficiency of regional SME development and innovation policies in the external border areas.

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Europa Park

Network

The main objective of Europa Park is to increase the awareness of EU institutions, member states, regions and local authorities and civil organizations on both sides of the borders of the weaknesses and strengths of the cross-border region. NEEBOR will serve as a platform for open dialogue and coordination of joint actions and initiatives in order to promote the exchange of good practices and enhance cooperation and synergy in the regions.

NEEBOR - The Network of Eastern External Border Regions

Because of the enlargements of the European Union in 2004 and 2007 new dimensions of territorial co-operation have appeared along its eastern borders, generating new difficulties but also offering great potential. The eastern border of the European Union stretches from the Barents Sea to the Mediterranean, and along this 5.500 kilometer border lie 12 member states of the EU (Cyprus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) and 63 of their regions.

These regions share similar, if not identical, development challenges, which differ from those of other EU regions and require specific measures and above all new approaches to soloutions. The fact that they lay on the external borders in eastern Europe puts them in the challenging position of being “bridges” of Europe with its neighbors. Cross – border co-operation has been singled out as one of the areas of territorial co-operation, and joint efforts on both sides of the border are needed urgently.

NEEBOR aims to increase the awareness of EU institutions, member states, regions and local authorities and the civil organizations on both sides of the borders of the weaknesses and strengths of the cross-border region. NEEBOR will serve as a platform for open dialogue and coordination of joint actions and initiatives in order to promote the exchange of good practices and enhance cooperation and synergies in the region.

Members

• Association of Estonian Cities and Association of Municipalities of Estonia
• Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania
• Council of Oulu Region (Finland)
• County Council of Békés County (Hungary)
• County Council of Hajdú-Bihar County (Hungary)
• County Council of Somogy County (Hungary)
• Hungarian Public Nonprofit Company for Regional Development and Town Planning
• Initiatives France-Hongrie
• Košice Region (Slovakia)
• Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments (Latvia)
• Lubelskie Region (Poland)
• Podlaskie Region (Poland)
• Warminsko-Mazurskie Region (Poland)
• Podkarpackie Region (Poland)
• Municipality of Burgas (Bulgaria)
• Municipality of Varna (Bulgaria)
• Municipality of Plovdiv (Bulgaria)
• National Union of County Councils of Romania (Romania)
• North Great Plain Regional Development Agency (Hungary)
• Prešov Region (Slovakia)
• Region of East Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
• Regional Council of Etelä-Savo (Finland)
• Regional Council of Kainuu (Finland)
• Regional Council of Kymenlaakso (Finland)
• Regional Council of Lapland (Finland)
• Regional Council of North Karelia (Finland)
• Regional Council of Pohjois-Savo (Finland)
• Regional Council of South Karelia (Finland)
• South Great Plain Region (Hungary)
• South-Transdanubian Regional Development Agency (Hungary)
• Union of Cyprus Municipalities (Cyprus)
• West-Pannonian Regional Development Agency (Hungary)
• Brussels Representation of Croatian Pannonia (Croatia)
• North Norway European Office (Norway)

Mission:

NEEBOR’s mission is to operate an enhanced co-operation network, to improve the visibility of eastern external borders and to promote understanding and management of these regions of the European Union, in order to shape an area of co-operation and prevent the emergence of new dividing lines. NEEBOR was set up in the spirit of good neighbourly relations and its main objective is to effectively contribute to the realization of a sound regional policy based on solidarity.

Objectives:

1. Promote the visibility of eastern external border regions 2. Dissemination of best practices 3. Activation of organisations on both sides of the border 4. Facilitating the utilisation of financing instruments 5. Networking

Activities:

NEEBOR activities will cover three main dimensions:

1. Co-operation among the regional representation offices in Brussels:
• this level of co-operation will consists of preparations for basic decisions and events
• responsible for the day-to-day operation of NEEBOR and running a secretariat
• maitains contact with competent EU-institutions and other Brussels located institutions
• manages information and data base

This level will feature among others:
• Brussels network meetings
• Thematic seminars
• Annual Conference / Seminar

2. Co-operation with the individual national regions: • the regional representations will keep in touch with individual regions of their own country, ensuring a flow of information and active participation in NEEBOR activities
• NEEBOR Secretariat will supply members with information about the network

3. Multi-purpose co-operation among eastern regions on both sides of the border:
• the purpose is to generate vertical (inter-regional)co-operation and to increase horizontal (cross-border) co-operation among border regions
• will be encouraged to start joint projects
• will assess prevailing conditions and provide essential information for NEEBOR on developments and shortcomings
• will propose subjects to be dealt with by NEEBOR

Partners

The project has 12 partners - representative regional bodies from eight European countries, and intends to involve futher intrested European and non-European partners in their activities.

The project consists of three components. The lead partner, the Eszak-Alföld Regional Development Agency form Hungary is responsible for the overall project management and the successful and smooth project implementation.

The Warmia and Mazury Regional Development Agency is responsible for the communication and wide dissemination of project results with the involvement of the actors.

Exchange and exploitation of experiences is managed by the Regional Authority of North Karelia, whose is role to ensure proper content methodologies and the successful outcome of the projects.

All partners are responsible for effective and accurate regional project management, the administrative and financial implementation, the spread of communication in their respective regions and the active participation in the project phases.