Pursuant to Article 8 of the TEN-T Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013), Article 9 of the CEF Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013) and the eligibility criteria defined in the CEF multi-annual programme(Commission Implementing Decision No C(2014)1921), entities from third countries may participate in projects supporting projects of common interest and they could receive CEF Transport financial assistance provided that:
they are neighbouring countries in the sense of Article 3 of the TEN-T Regulation and Article 2 of the CEF Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013);
projects aim to implement traffic management systems (in the specific case of SES- SESAR implementation);
their participation is necessary and indispensable to the achievement of the objectives of a given project of common interest;
applications receive the agreement of a Member State.
Moreover, entities from third countries may participate in projects of common interest without receiving CEF financial assistance, where their participation is necessary and duly justified to achieve the objectives of a given project of common interest.
Common Projects, as defined in Regulation (EU) 409/2013, are projects of common interest in the sense of the TEN-T Regulation. Entities from third countries included in the scope of Common Projects could be considered as being necessary and indispensable for the achievement of the objectives of a Common Project. The application from will require the compulsory signature of a Member State certifying that the participation of a third country is necessary or necessary and indispensable.
The Neighbourhood Policy covers (http://eeas.europa.eu/enp/about-us/index_en.htm): Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine;
The Enlargement policy covers (http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/countries/check-current-status/index_en.htm): Albania, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo;
EEA and EFTA cover: Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein.