ASCAME fosters new areas of investment through the new MAIA-TAQA European Project

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“Mobilizing new Areas of Investments and Together aiming to Increase Quality of Life for All” is the aim of the recently launched ‘MAIA-TAQA’ European Project, whose kick-off event was held on the 2nd and 3rd October at the Greek Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES). ASCAME, as one of the project partners and co-organisers of the event, promoted actively MAIA-TAQA main activities.

MAIA-TAQA’s launch event was the occasion to present the main objectives and actions foreseen in the project plan, which will be implemented during the 3 coming years mainly in 6 Mediterranean countries: Greece, Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon and Spain. Its purpose is to foster new areas of investment and promote technological cooperation among Euromed SMEs. Furthermore, the project will help overcome regulatory barriers that could restrain the development of those RE services, for example, through the establishment of a “voucher system” that supports the purchase of resource efficiency (RE) innovative services for SMEs.

In addition, the kick-off event outlined the importance of creating synergies with other MED projects, as well as the need for gathering actors of this sector in order to build up a stronger Mediterranean network. Finally, a press conference was held to present MAIA-TAQA project, its roadmap and its future activities to the main Mediterranean media.

Several bodies will benefit from this project, such as SMEs, especially those involved in the RE sector, companies and professionals, technology distributors and sellers, business associations and Chambers of Commerce, national and sectorial institutions, research centres, universities or PhD students.

MAIA-TAQA’s project, under the ENI CBC Med Programme, is implemented by a consortium led by the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving, Greece (CRES) and composed of 7 partners: the Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations (CEEBA), QUIPO, the Jordan Chamber of Commerce (JOCC), the Industrial Research Institute,  the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) and UTILITALIA. It also has 3 Associated partners: the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the Greek Solar Industry Association and the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation.

The MAIA-TAQA project counts with a €3.1.million funding (of which €2.8 of EU-co funding by the ENI CBC Med Programme).

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