Several ASCAME members are involved in more than half of the newly approved strategic projects under the ENI CBC MED 2014-2020 Programme

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The Joint Monitoring Committee, decision-making body of the ENI CBC Med Programme, has recently approved 22 projects under the call for strategic projects out of the 198 proposals submitted. ASCAME congratulates its members for winning several strategic projects funded by the ENI CBC MED 2014-2020 Programme.

With an investment of €69 million in EU funding and a total budget worth €78.8 million, these projects gather 197 actors from the eligible territories of the 13 countries participating in the ENI CBC Med Programme, i.e. Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Portugal, Palestine, Spain and Tunisia.

                                          

ASCAME’s members are present in more than half of the approved projects as leaders, partners and/or associated partners, representing many Chambers of Commerce and other similar entities of the ASCAME’s network. Thus, the General Secretariat of ASCAME will be involved as a core partner in 2 of them. Moreover, for the first time in the ENI CBC MED Programme, 7 projects are led by Spanish institutions, 5 of which are based in Barcelona,  showing the great interest in the region as a Mediterranean capital.

Compared to standard projects, and in order to achieve ambitious goals, strategic projects means have been increased, such as the financial contribution per project, which ranges from €2.5 to €3.5 million, and the establishment of stronger partnerships composed of a minimum of 4 different eligible countries, including at least 2 EU Mediterranean Countries and 2 Mediterranean Partner Countries.

The key topics of the approved ENI CBC MED strategic projects, starting in the coming months, will focus on the startups development, reinforcement of Euro-Mediterranean economic clusters, technology transfer, employability of young people and women, waste management and energy efficiency.  These strategic projects are expected to produce a far-reaching, long-lasting impact in key sectors of cooperation in the Mediterranean, with the aim of achieving tangible and replicable results that last beyond the funding of the Programme and contribute to the development of public policies. 

                                          

The 22 approved strategic projects add up to the 41 running standard projects. The Programme has now a pool of 63 projects, involving over 450 organisations from both  shores of the Mediterranean, worth over €188 million (€169 million EU contribution). The ultimate goal of the Programme is to ensure enduring cooperation in the Mediterranean in order to make the region more competitive, innovative, inclusive and sustainable. 

In this context, ASCAME is pleased to congratulate its members, who have once again shown their involvement and willingness to continue their work in the service of Mediterranean economic development.

For more information please contact projects@ascame.org.

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