Supporting the European Union in promoting sustainable, green and inclusive development in 23 countries

Supporting the European Union in promoting sustainable, green and inclusive development in 23 countries

March 3, 2021

The European Union (EU) will be teaming up with a consortium led by Belgian organization Analysis for Economic Decisions (ADE) and of which DID is a member, to promote sustainable, green and inclusive development in countries associated with the European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Policy (NEAR region).

Through its support for this region, the EU also aims to strengthen its political partnerships and promote greater economic integration across the European value chain.

DID has been asked to conduct a study to identify public and private investment needs for addressing connectivity gaps, with the goal of fostering the development of the digital economy in the region. This study will be crucial in planning the EU's support for the NEAR region between now and 2027.

In this study, DID will:

  • Identify investment needs (public and private) to support the digitization and development of a digital economy business ecosystem in the NEAR region
  • Provide an overview of existing European instruments to support the digital strategy of the countries making up this region
  • Pre-identify the financial instruments that could be used to support the digital transformation

The study will highlight potential private-sector funding and indicate the extent to which budgetary guarantees or blended EU funding may be required.

  1. The region focused on in the study consists of 23 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.