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ENI – Support to Independent Media Serving the Public Interest in the Neighbourhood South – 2020

The ENI programme continues the 2007-2013 ENPI programme and aims at promoting enhanced political cooperation and progressive economic integration between the Union and the partner countries and, in particular, the implementation of partnership and cooperation agreements, association agreements or other existing and future agreements, and jointly agreed action plans.

9 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions European Union, Mediterranean countries, Middle East

European Union: Member State of the European Union or be part of the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI)
Mediteranean countries: Algeria, Morrocco, Tunisia
Middle East countries: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Syria


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Priorities and funded actions

* To strengthen the independence of independent media and journalists serving the public interest

* Priority 1: the methodology should outline the criteria for the selection of applicants for financial support for third parties and how continued technical support to the third parties will be ensured;
* Prority 2: the methodology should outline the regional dimension, how the cooperation and coordination among actors will take place at regional level, and how the regional dimension can be used to ensure the best use of available resources and best possible impact of the activities;
* Priority 3: the methodology should outline how the action will prioritize expertise by media professionals and how it will will prioritize local expertise;
* Priority 4: the methodology should outline how gender equality will be ensured throughout the design of the action;
* Priority 5: the methodology should outline whether and how diaspora communities from Neighbourhood South countries residing in another Neighbourhood South country will be involved in the project;
* Priority 6: the methodology should outline how the action will ensure that independent media is inclusive and representative of the plurality of voices and experiences that conform the rich social tissue of the Southern Mediterranean region, and how vulnerable groups are addressed, represented and heard;
* Priority 7: the methodology should outline how the sustainability of the results and created networks will be ensured beyond the lifetime of the programme;
* Priority 8: the methodology should outline how the action will ensure that the support is provided in a partnership-like approach;
* Priority 9: the methodology should outline how the action will ensure that at least minimal standards of working conditions;
* Priority 10: the methodology should outline how the action will ensure the security to protect the safety

Among financed actions
* Journalism;
* Quality content production;
* Media development;
* Media business, marketing and advertising;
* Audience research;
* Training, coaching, mentoring;
* Networking, coalition building;
* Core funding;
* Production funding;
*Subgranting or third party financing

Additional information
* This call is a restricted call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: between 54 and 60 months

* Eligibility: 
– Be a legal person;
– Be non-profit-making;
– Be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation, public sector operator, international (inter-governmental) organisation as defined by Article 156 of the EU Financial Regulation;
– Be established in a Member State of the European Union or one of the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) South partner countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia) or a country that is a beneficiary of an Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) set up by Council Regulation (EC) No 1085/2006 or a Member State of the European Economic Area (EEA);
– Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary;
– Be an organisation or be in a partnership of organisation(s) with a recent proven experience of at least five years (since 2013) in the field of media development;
– Have recent proven experience (since 2015) in awarding, managing and monitoring the implementation of grants, including coaching of grantees and on-the-job aiming at strengthening their project management capacities;
– The following identities are only eligible as co-applicants: NGOs/CSOs, media outlets, economic operators such as SMEs, social enterprises working in the following  sectors as their  professional core activity: independent and quality journalism, media development, media industry related services


* Amount of the grant: between 8 and 9 million euro
* Co-financing rate: up to 95% of total the eligible costs

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