Matra Programme

Matra Programme: supporting social transition

The Matra programme supports countries in Southeast and Eastern Europe in the transition to a pluralist and democratic society, governed by the rule of law.

Matra supports activities that encourage the process of change and strengthen relations between the Netherlands and Matra countries. The programme works with civil society and central and local authorities alike. Most projects take the form of twinning, i.e. partnership between a Dutch and a local organisation.

The Matra partnership model has been applied successfully for 15 years now. In 2009 the programme was modernised, improving its relevance and effectiveness so current challenges can be better met, while maintaining its main characteristics. Policy for the next few years is set out in the ‘Matra Modernised’ memorandum, which was sent to the House of Representatives on 3 November 2009 (see attachment in upper right navigation).

The general objective of the Matra programme is to contribute to the development of a plural democracy, grounded in the rule of law, with room for dialogue between government and civil society; to build capacity and strengthen the institutions of civil society and government; and to strengthen bilateral relations.

The Matra programme supports countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey in their efforts to meet EU norms and standards in the social and governance areas. Through Matra the Netherlands is also investing in the transition and modernisation of the EU’s eastern neighbours and Russia.

Several themes for cooperation have been identified for each of these countries (see Matra countries and themes).

Options for 2010/2011

Unfortunately there is no funding available for new projects in 2010 and 2011.