Ecos-Ouverture Programme

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1995, within the framework of U-XF2737 - Regions and Cities of Europe (RECITE Programme) of E-XE2442 - European Commission (EC), by merger of U-XF2715 - European City Cooperation System (ECOS), set up 1992, and U-XF1438 - Ouverture Programme, set up 1991, both being complementary elements of the same initiative. Also referred to as Ouverture and Ecos Programme. Current phase organized through Art 10 of F-XF5543 - European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) regulations (1994-1999). Programme terminated, Mar 2003.


Promote East-West and North-South cooperation and reinforce economic and social cohesion by promoting mutually beneficial cooperation between regions, cities and other locally-based organizations in less favoured areas of the European Union and their counterparts in Central and Eastern Europe, the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union (NIS) and the Mediterranean countries; assist in the economic and political transition of Central and Eastern European regions and cities; contribute to regional development and the modernization of regional and local authorities in all participating areas. Focus: local and regional democracy; local economic development; urban and regional services and policies; environment and energy.


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GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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