Proposal for a Regulation establishing the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III)

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Series Details COM (2018) 465
Publication Date 14/06/2018
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Legislative proposal - published by the European Commission in June 2018 - setting up a budget for the Instument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) for the period 2021-2027.

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The Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) is the means by which the European Union (EU) supports reforms in the 'enlargement countries' with financial and technical help. The IPA funds build up the capacities of the countries throughout the accession process, resulting in progressive, positive developments in the region.

The IPA III (the third programme) proposal was put forward in the context of the negotiations for the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027. The main Communication on the MFF 2021-2027 sets the priorities and overall budgetary framework for EU external action programmes under the heading 'Neighbourhood and the World', including the provisions for the proposed IPA III. The Commission proposal suggested an overall budget for the programme of €14.5 billion for the period 2021-2027. It was proposed that this budget would be divided according to five thematic priorities and be allocated based on the actual performance of beneficiaries on the basis of annual assessment.

The proposal was adopted by the Commission on 14 June 2018. The Council of the European Union adopted a partial general approach on 19 March 2019.

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Commentary and Analysis
EPRS: Briefing, November 2018: Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III)

EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)337: Impact assessment
EP: Legislative Train: Proposal for a Regulation of the EP and the Council establishing the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA III)
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on the Instrument for pre-accession assistance (IPA III) 2021–2027
European Commission: Multiannual Financial Framework: IPA III Regulation
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 19/03/2019: Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III): Council agrees its position

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