In view of the announcement of the 1st CfP under this Programme, a series of info day session/partner search forums and a press conference for the PAs of the 1st CfP have been organized after the publication of the call in both countries during October 2016. The aim was to publicize this CfP, outlining the criteria and providing instructions on the application process and detailed information on the application package, especially the guidelines for applicants. A general interest was awakened and the potential applicants were stimulated to apply with their project proposals. The Delegation of the EU in Skopje with support of the both OSs as well as the JTS organized seven promotional and information events in the participating countries
(along with Press Conference in Skopje) on October 2016 in the municipal premises of both countries. The events were followed by representatives of municipalities, NGOs, educational and other institutions from both countries. The main objective of this activity was to increase the capacity of potential applicants to apply with quality projects under the 1st CfP of this programme.
Info session under the 1st CfP for the pre-selected applicants under IPA II CBC Programme was held on 20th of February 2017, in Struga.
The info session day for the pre-selected applicants’ main goal, was to provide detailed information to potential applicants, about the rules of the First Call for Proposals under the IPA 2 Cross- Border Cooperation Programme MK-AL 2014- 2020, namely detailed information on the Application Package, especially the Guidelines for Applicants. The representatives of both OSs, emphasized the importance of the info sessions and the IPA 2 CBC Programme in general. The rules and the characteristics of the call, allocations for call, eligibility criteria of the applicant, partnerships and eligibility of partners, rules related to co-financing etc, were the main topics of this event.