Agreements With Neighbouring Countries

The People`s Republic of China has bilateral trade agreements with the blocs, countries and their two specific administrative regions:[13] With the EIT, the EU intends to support the capacity building of civil society organisations to ensure effective accountability on national territory and local ownership and to play a full role in the democratisation process. Under the ENI Regulation, external action partners, including civil society organisations and local authorities, are involved in preparing, implementing and monitoring EU support, as their role is important. In addition, civil society organizations are called upon to participate in the development of the three financial programmes – bilateral, multinational and cross-border cooperation – and will be their main beneficiaries, in collaboration with local and regional authorities. Support for civil society is a clear indication that aid can even be increased in the event of a severe regression in the country. In particular, the ENI Regulation provides that aid and amounts granted to partner countries are based on progress and can therefore be reconsidered. However, this incentive-based approach does not apply to civil society support, people-to-people contacts, including cooperation between local authorities, support for improving human rights or crisis-related support measures. In the event of a serious or persistent setback, this support can be increased, she points out. It consists of 280 members divided equally on the northern and southern coasts of the Mediterranean. The AP-UPM holds at least one plenary session per year. It adopts resolutions or recommendations on all aspects of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation on the executive bodies of the UfM, the Council of the EU, the European Commission and the national governments of partner countries, although they are not legally binding. Bilateral action plans are the main documents that guide the partnership between the EU and its ENP partners. This policy document reflects the priorities agreed between a country and the EU and outlines the economic and political reforms envisaged, with short- and medium-term priorities.

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