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|About||Intergovernmental forum promoting regional cooperation for European integration since 1989.|
The Central European Initiative (CEI) is 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.
The CEI strategic objectives are the following:
• Support CEI Member States on their path towards European integration;
• Promote the alignment of CEI Member States to EU standards;
• Implement small and medium-sized projects;
• Open to convert constructive ideas into innovative results.
The CEI, established in Budapest in 1989, is the largest and oldest forum of regional cooperation in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. It is currently composed of 18 Member States:
• 10 EU members: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia
• 8 non-EU members: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine