Central European Initiative (CEI)


International Cooperation

In 1992 the Italian Government established the Central European Initiative (CEI) Fund at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). With this Agreement with the EBRD, the Italian Government acknowledged the great opportunity the newly created development bank presented for the objectives of the CEI at its foundation in 1989. The CEI Fund at the EBRD was created “to assist the Bank’s countries of operation in central and eastern Europe in their economic and social transformation process.”

Brief Introduction

The Central European Initiative (CEI) is a regional intergovernmental forum committed to supporting European integration through cooperation between and among its Member States and with the European Union (EU), other interested public institutions or private and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as well as international and regional organisations. In order to offer a solid contribution to European integration, the CEI combines multilateral diplomacy and project management, both as donor and recipient, while also bridging European macro-regions.


Areas of Cooperation:
· Towards a Knowledge-based Society
Research and Innovation
Life-long Education and Training
Information Society

· Towards a Sustainable Economy and Development
Transport, Logistics and Accessibility
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Climate, Environment and Rural Development
SMEs and Business Development

· Towards an Inclusive Society
Intercultural Cooperation
Civil Society


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