With the launch of the Union for the Mediterranean the geographic scope of Horizon 2020 was expanded to include focal points from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia (not an EU Member State at the time) and Montenegro. In addition to using EU policy tools it cooperates and tries to coordinate and synergise with all other relevant programmes.
During 2009-2014 the EU has financed a project under each component, in addition to those from other sources, and particularly:
- The Mediterranean Hot Spots Investment Programm- Project Preparation and Implementation Facility (MeHSIP-PPIF) under PRPI
- the H2020 Capacity Building/Mediterranean Environment Programme (H2020 CB/MEP) under CB. In the framework of this project, and in addition to activities aimed at enhancing the capacities to address pollution problems at institutional and society level, a Hot Spot Investment study for the West Balkans and Turkey (WeB&THSiS), as complementary to the MeHSIP – has been elaborated.
- The European Neighbourhood Policy Instrument- Shared Environmental Information System (ENPI-SEIS) under RM
The EU is currently funding the second phases of the:
- Mediterranean Hot Spots Investment Programme (MeHSIP) under the H2020 PRPI Component
- the continuation of the CB/MEP through the Horizon 2020 Support Mechanism (2016-2019) which is part of the EU-funded Sustainable Water Integrated Management – Horizon 2020 Support Mechanism project (SWIM-Horizon2020 SM).
- and the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) Support mechanism under the H2020 RM Component