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 initiative tabled by the European Commission on 14 June 2018, setting up a budget for the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) in the framework of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 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 so-called 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 such programme - was originally proposed with a budget of over €14 billion for the period 2021-2027. This would be divided according to five thematic priorities and allocated based on the actual performance of beneficiaries on the basis of an annual assessment.

The draft law was adopted by the European Commission on 14 June 2018  in the framework of its proposals on the wider Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on this file on 19 March 2019, excluding the provisions relating to the wider financial framework. The European Parliament adopted its negotiating position in the same month. A political agreement between Member States on the financial ceilings of the wider MFF was reached in July 2020. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text for the file was reached on 2 June 2021. This was formally endorsed by the Council on 7 September.

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

EUR-LEX: SWD(2018)337: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact assessment
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on the Instrument for pre-accession assistance (IPA III) 2021–2027 (2018/0247(COD))
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Proposal for a Regulation of the EP and the Council establishing the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA III)
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
European Commission: Press Release, 02/06/2021: European Commission welcomes political agreement on new €14.2 billion Pre-Accession Assistance Instrument (IPA III)
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 07/09/2021: Council gives final go-ahead to seven-year funding for accession countries

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