Mobilizing new Areas of Investments And Together Aiming to increase Quality of life for All

About the project

Despite the fact that in the Southern Mediterranean countries there is a growing need for resource efficiency (RE) services (consulting, engineering and operations) to deal with the pressure on the environment, the RE supply persists at low levels. This is essentially due to the lack of a proper innovation process that would be able to identify the needs, structure the creative solutions and commercialise them. MAIA-TAQA will deal with these issues by setting up demonstrators in 3 Mediterranean pilot areas where innovative services will be applied: they will be related to micro-grids, photovoltaics, energy storage, solar thermal technologies and water sanitation and purification. Partners will develop solutions for each identified barrier: capacity building programme (for lack of skills); innovation desk (for lack of information); guidelines (for lack of regulation); voucher (for lack of finance) and targeted B2B events (for lack of specific matchmaking). The main final beneficiaries are SMEs (especially from environment/utility/building sector) that can have a set of supporting instruments to overcome the existing barriers and reduce the risks to innovation.

Key information

Mobilizing new Areas of Investments And Together Aiming to increase Quality of life for All
A.2 Support to education, research, technological development and innovation
A.2.2 SMEs access to research and innovation
Greece, Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Spain

Financial data

3.1 million
Total budget
2.8 million
EU contribution
Project co-financing


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What will be improved?

Through the creation of real demonstration cases with local companies, MAIA-TAQA will raise awareness among SMEs and policy-makers of innovation practices and policy instruments in the area of resource efficiency services. The established “Innovation One Stop-Shops” offering innovation support services will create an enabling environment for the development of the RE sector in the Southern Mediterranean countries. Finally, a SMEs network will pave the way for tackling the regulatory frameworks and trade barriers.

Who will benefit?

  • 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 centers, universities and PhD students

Expected achievements

  • 6 innovative resource efficiency services piloted in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt
  • 3 Innovation One-stop-shops established and Innovation Voucher Services for SMEs tested 
  • 3 B2B events and 9 company missions to promote technological cooperation among Mediterranean SMEs
  • 6 agreements and protocols signed between partners and local business associations/R&D centres
  • 12 training events to enhance the technical and management capacities of local SMEs

Project news

25 May 2020
MAIA-TAQA brochure is now available in Arabic, Greek and Italian

MAIA-TAQA PROJECT "Mobilizing new Areas of Investments And Together Aiming to increase Quality of life for All" brochure is now available in Arabic, Greek and Italian.  The project is dealing with renewable energy services issues by setting up demon…


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16 April 2020
The MAIA-TAQA project in times of Covid-19 pandemic

MAIA-TAQA partners and team members are willing to work closer than ever to reinforce cooperation and ensure a successful deliverable of the project.


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14 April 2020
The MAIA-TAQA project is looking for an external auditor

The deadline for submitting bids is Monday, April 21st.


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23 February 2020
Egypt: MAIA-TAQA project participates in the #EU4YOUth campus tour

MAIA-TAQA project Egyptian partners, CEEBA (Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations) and AAST (Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport) participated in #EU4YOUTH campus tour - Egypt in Alexandria University on Thu…


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22 February 2020
Possible ways of collaboration between MAIA-TAQA project and the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce & Development

Mr. Markos Damasiotis, Director of the Development Programmes Division of CRES (Center For Renewable Energy Sources) and Dr. Christoforos Perakis, coordinator of the MAIA-TAQA project, visited the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce & Development, …


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10 January 2020
MAIA-TAQA: solar thermal cooling pilot project in Aqaba begins

The installation of a solar cooling system will drastically reduce the energy consumption of the existing chillers at the Aqaba Chamber of Commerce, Jordan.


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11 November 2019
Kick-off meeting for the EU-funded ENI CBC MED project MAIA-TAQA

On the 2nd and 3rd of October, the partners of the EU-funded ENI CBC MED "MAIA-TAQA" project met in Athens for the kick-off meeting which was followed by a press conference.

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