​Map of the state of progress of decentralisation and regionalisation in the countries to the east and south of the Mediterranean

Choose an area:

  • Northern Member Countries of the Union for the Mediterranean
  • Southern Member Countries of the Union for the Mediterranean

Member Countries of the Union for the Mediterranean

European Union Member States

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

all part of Division of Powers website

EU Candidate Countries

Montenegro, Turkey.

all part of Division of Powers website

EU Potential Candidate Countries

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina

all part of Division of Powers website

Other Countries

Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia.  


​Financial opportunities

Dear Member,

ARLEM directs its efforts towards supporting local authorities in framing sustainable policies so as to help them to identify projects that could underpin the process of political transition and economic and social development for the benefit of ordinary people, particularly with a view to initiating plans for the new neighbourhood policy. To achieve this goal, we are glad to introduce an online desk to European Union funding for local and regional authorities in the Southern Neighbourhood Area.

Within the framework of the European Neighbourhood policy, Local and Regional Authorities in the Southern Neighbourhood are eligible for various grants foreseen by the European Union. However, the procedure for applying for this funding often appears complicated. With the aim of encouraging your LRA to apply and to help you out before and during your application, in this section we will share information that will increase your chances of obtaining an EU grant.

Follow these steps and increase your chances:


1. Get familiar with the bilateral, regional and programme priorities for your country. These priorities are defined by the EU on the basis of consultations with various stakeholders, lessons from the past and the future objectives. Fitting your project into one or more of these priorities will considerably increase the likelihood of success.
2. The following steps are complimentary and can be undertaken simultaneously:
(a) If you have certain ideas and they are in line with the defined priorities, put them in a short concept note and approach the EU delegation in your country,
 or (b) you can first check for calls for proposals (all current calls for proposals will be displayed and updated in this section by country and priority), develop a concept note and approach the EU delegation.
3. Read through the guidelines of the proposal carefully and most importantly make sure your organisation meets the eligibility criteria (your organisation is eligible for the links of the calls that are provided in this section).
4. Identify the strength and the uniqueness of your project proposal.​
The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of the University of Leuven, Belgium, (KU Leuven) is responsible for the content of the pages on Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan,Lebanon, Lybia, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia. The European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) - European Center for the Regions (ECR) is responsible for the content of the pages on the European Union Member States, the EU Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries (part of the Division of Powers website).
The information on these pages does not represent the official views of the Committee of the Regions or the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM).