Lithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013
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Coherence with community policies and objectives

The Programme is an important complement to existing and foreseen national, regional and sectoral initiatives covering parts of the Programme area. The Programme will add a crossborder dimension to those initiatives, looking at the Programme area development from a comprehensive socio-economic, environmental and cultural perspective. For instance jointly prepared and agreed investments under the cross-border projects may be placed in the project pipeline for national and regional programmes such as convergence programmes on EU side of the border and ENPI national component in Kaliningrad. The multiplier and leverage effects of the Programme vis a vis other initiatives will stem from know-how exchange, benchmarking and transfer, as well as exposure to new ideas and solutions which are core elements of cross-border co-operation.

ENPI strategy and regulations
The Programme is consistent with the REGULATION (EC) No 1638/2006 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 24 October 2006 laying down general provisions establishing a European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument. Thematic scope of the Programme derives from the description of the scope of the community assistance provided for in Article 2 of the aforementioned Regulation.

The Programme is in line with the "ENPI CBC Strategy Paper 2007-2013 and Indicative Programme 2007-2010. The Programme aims at strengthening relations between Poland, Russia and Lithuania through enhanced bilateral and trilateral relationships, as it offers assistance that will stimulate economic and social development in the whole Programme area. This aims at mobilising commitment of partners as regards issues beneficial for the Programme area, such as: building of mutual trust, supporting SME co-operation, development of tourist products, cleaning environment etc. The core priorities the Programme are consistent with the four objectives detailed in the ENPI CBC Strategy Paper 2007-2013 and Indicative Programme 2007-2010.

EU's strategic partnership with Russia
Cross border co-operation is an integral part of the EU-Russia Strategic Partnership, with its four Common Spaces and associated road maps and with an expression of this partnership ideas set out in the Northern Dimension Policy. The programme is in line with the Four EU-Russia Common Spaces. Three out of four spaces i.e. common economic space; common space of freedom, security and justice; and a space of research and education, including cultural aspects, have been highlighted in the Programme. Those three spaces are the most relevant fields of co-operation at the local and regional level.

The bilateral basis for EU relations with Russia is The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which came into force on 1 December 1997 for an initial duration of 10 years. The June 2008 EU-Russia summit marked the launch of negotiations on a New Agreement to replace the current PCA.

The provisions of the current PCA cover a wide range of policy areas including political dialogue; trade in goods and services; business and investment; financial and legislative cooperation; science and technology; education and training; energy, nuclear and space cooperation; environment, transport; culture; and cooperation on the prevention of illegal activities. All these form the core of the current Programme. In fact the Programme addresses also a majority of the key priority themes, which have been identified under the Northern Dimension for dialogue between the EU (its member states) and the Russian Federation.

EU's Russia country strategy paper 2007-2013
The main interests of the EU in Russia lie in fostering the political and economic stability of the Federation; in maintaining a stable supply of energy; in further co-operation in the fields of justice and home affairs, the environment and nuclear safety in order to combat ‘soft' security threat.

Because Kaliningrad Oblast is surrounded by EU Member States, the EU maintains a particular interest in the region. Its objective is to ensure that the socio-economic potential of Kaliningrad and the surrounding region is fulfilled. And this is also a key task for the current Programme.

In the National Indicative Programme 2007-2010 RUSSIAN FEDERATION the priority has been given to the implementation of the common spaces and to the development of Kaliningrad through a reduction in corruption and organised crime, the improved governance of Kaliningrad, and the improvement of the environment and health issues. The ENPI CBC programme Lithuania-Poland-Russia will bring local and cross border perspective to the implementation of those tasks and will offer leverage effects by facilitating the use of Polish and Lithuanian experience.

Main EU strategies
The Programme is also in line with the Lisbon strategy of the European Union, as it focuses on education and innovation, creation of more and better jobs (in terms of skills required and added value produced) and fostering entrepreneurship. The Programme strategy, priorities and indicative actions are well in line also with the Gothenburg strategy. The sustainable use of the environment is among the core thematic fields to be supported by the Programme interventions.

Main EU principles
The principle of the sustainable development (understood as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising those of future generations) as set out in the EU Treaty has been highlighted in the Programme as a horizontal objective. Compliance with sustainable development principle will be verified during the project selection procedure and during monitoring of the projects implementation.

The Programme will also support equal opportunities in order to prevent any discrimination on the basis of gender, race or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. This will be done in a dual form. Firstly, the equal opportunities perspective will be requested in all projects supported by the Programme. .It will be incorporated into the project selection procedure, i.e. the beneficiaries of the projects should demonstrate that the equal opportunities principle is respected and promoted during the implementation of their operations. Secondly, the implementation of the Programme as such will pay attention to the equal opportunity principle by ensuring a lack of discrimination in the Programme decision-making procedures, the search for external expertise and hiring of the staff. 

The Lithuania – Poland – Russia Programme
is co-financed with the funds from the European Union
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