Barcelona, February 15, 2017 – An ASCAME’s delegation from eight Mediterranean countries -members of the Association- have met this week in Cagliari, Italy, to explore potential collaboration in Euro-Mediterranean cooperation projects in light of the new calls of the European ENI CBC Med program. Chambers of Commerce and other business support organisations from different Mediterranean countries – Egypt, Lebanon, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Serbia, France and Spain, among others- have discussed new project ideas to be outlined in the upcoming ENI CBC MED calls.
During the 2-day meeting, which took place under the auspices of the Cagliari Chamber of Commerce, the Association’s members together with the European program’s Joint Managing Authority have exchanged views on the new regional priorities of the programme for the upcoming period: Business and SMEs development; Support to education, research, technological development and innovation; Promotion of social inclusion and fight against poverty; Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The ASCAME Chambers’ delegation has proposed new initiatives seeking to encourage the economic and social development of the region, while strengthening cooperation between the north and south shores of the Basin. ASCAME, as the representative entity of these Chambers, will follow up on these proposals and support its members in both presentation and management of them. ASCAME has already been involved in this Program with previous 27 cooperation projects.
In the coming months ASCAME and its regional network will work very closely to present joint-initiatives to the new ENI CBC Med calls in order to reinforce links between the two shores of the Mediterranean, throughout the private sector.