The Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine-Republic of Moldova

The programme aims at creating “bridges” among the three countries involved, in order to help the border areas overcome their similar development challenges, by working together and finding common solutions.

Through the JOP RO-UA-MD the people in border areas have been encouraged to further develop the border economy, confront environmental challenges and enhance their preparedness for emergency situations. The program  also promotes greater interaction between people and communities living in the border areas.

The EU contribution to the JOP RO-UA-MD is 126,72 M€ for the period 2007 to 2013, while the participant countries co-finance the programme with a minimum of 11,4 M€.

The JOP RO-UA-MD is characterised by a number of specificities regarding eligible areas, priorities and measures, and the eligibility of applicants. The full details of the programme can be found in the JOP RO-UA-MD programming documents.

Eligible area

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The following areas will constitute the core area for the JOP RO-UA-MD:

  • In Romania, the counties of Suceava, Botosani, Iasi, Vaslui. Galati, and Tulcea
  • In Ukraine, the oblasts of Odessa, and Chernivtsi
  • In Republic of Moldova, the whole country.

Adjoining regions

In addition, certain non-border adjacent areas, that may positively influence the cooperation in the border area, have been included. These are:

  • In Romania, the county of Braila
  • In Ukraine:
    • the oblasts of Ivano-Frankivsk, and Vinniytska
    • ten districts of Khmelnyitska (Vinkovetskyi, Chemerovetskyi, Khmelnytskyi, Kamyanets-Podilskyi, Letychivskyi, Dunayevetskyi, Derazhnyanskyi Novoushutskyi, Yarmolynetskyi and Horodetskyi),
    • twelve districts of Ternopilskyi, Berezhanskyi, Pidgayetskyi, Terebovlyanskyi, Monsturskyi, Gusyatynskyi, Chortkivskyi, Borschchivskyi, Zalishutskyi and Buchatskyi in the oblast of Ternopilska.

The adjoining areas have access to all priorities of the program but only soft projects have been implemented in these areas.

All the above areas are called “eligible areas” – meaning that only projects developed in these areas could be funded under the JOP RO-UA-MD.

Priorities and measures

The Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine-Republic of Moldova 2007-2013 covers three priorities and a technical assistance component. Each priority is split into more specific domains, called “measures”, as follows:


Priority 1: Towards a more competitive border economy.
This priority aims to improve the economic performance of the border area through the diversification and modernisation in a sustainable manner, of the border economy.

  • 1.1 Improving the productivity and competitiveness of the region’s urban and rural areas by working across borders
  • 1.2 Cross-border initiatives in transport, border infrastructure and energy


Priority 2: Environmental Challenges and Emergency Preparedness.
This priority aims to develop long term solutions to the environmental problems faced by the border areas particularly those associated with environmental emergencies where a co-ordinated approach is essential.

  • 2.1  Addressing strategic cross-border environmental challenges including emergency preparedness.
  • 2.2  Water supply, sewerage and waste management


Priority 3: People to People Co-operation.
This priority aims to promote greater interaction between people and communities living in the border areas.

  • 3.1  Local and regional governance, support to civil society and local communities.
  • 3.2  Educational, social and cultural exchanges.


Technical Assistance.
The aim of Technical Assistance is to achieve effective and efficient implementation of the Programme by enhanced preparatory, monitoring, administrative and technical support, and by ensuring the widest participation possible amongst the public.

The technical assistance consists of two main components:

  • 1. Programme management and implementation
  • 2. Publicity and information

To get  detailed information about the type of projects that could receive funding under each measure mentioned above, please download the Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine-Republic of Moldova 2007-2013 Programming Documents.