Support for partnership, reforms and inclusive growth (SPRING)

Project Duration
2011 - 2012
€350 million for 2011 and 2012

Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia

Brief Description

Aims to respond to the pressing socio-economic challenges that partner countries of the southern Mediterranean region are facing and to support them in their transition to democracy
Initially, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. Other countries in the southern Mediterranean could also be covered provided the right conditions are in place.

Actions in brief

 Depending on countries’ needs and assessments, actions could include:

  • Comprehensive Institution building programmes and support for integrated socio-economic reform
  • Strengthening labour market institutions and promoting labour market reforms
  • Microfinance support modeled on the European Progress Microfinance Facility
  • Addressing the situation of young people who are neither in employment, education or training
  • Twinning and capacity building activities in a range of economic development fields
  • Pilot programmes modeled on initiatives inspired by the EU cohesion and rural development policies
  • Support for partner country participation in the work of selected EU agencies and programmes
  • Support for sector co-operation, with a particular focus on knowledge and innovation, climate change and the environment, energy, transport, technology, sustainable fisheries, as well as cooperation across maritime sectors.
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