YEP MED coordinator Eduard Rodés received a Mediterranean Award
The Mediterranean Medal of the Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ACASME) is bestowed annually upon distinguished individuals, companies, or institutions whose exceptional contributions have played a pivotal role in transforming the Mediterranean into a hub for unity, tolerance, camaraderie, and prosperity. This honour is reserved for those who have made significant strides in economically empowering women and youth, those who have championed job creation, as well as those who have tirelessly worked to advance cooperation and spur economic growth in the Mediterranean region. The award also recognizes Mediterranean-based companies and institutions that have embarked on a global expansion journey, thereby contributing to the promotion of the Mediterranean economy on a global scale. This year, the award ceremony took place at the Gala Dinner of MedaWeek Barcelona, held on the 15th of November 2023 at 20:30h at Casa Llotja de Mar, Barcelona.
Eduard Rodés, through his visionary leadership at Escola Europea - Intermodal Transport, has made a significant contribution to the sustainable development and economic growth of the Mediterranean region. Since its inception in 2006, the Escola has played a pivotal role in advancing the development of the Mediterranean's motorways of the sea and promoting intermodality. This commitment was especially evident during his leadership in YEP MED. The project, which is nearing its completing in December of this year, has significantly contributed to job creation within the seven participating Mediterranean countries while also advancing the adoption of technology and simulation in educational programmes within the industry. In fact, the project's success can be measured by the numbers of students trained - more than 3,000 students have participated in both the occupational and vocational training courses. From that pool, as of April 2023 490 students have completed internships within their port communities and a further 350 secured employment.
The establishment of the Port Virtual Lab has played a pivotal role in the Escola's ability to expand its experiential programmes not only across the Mediterranean but also beyond. At an award ceremony, the true depth of Mr. Rodés' dedication and unwavering efforts came to light, leaving a lasting impact on the transportation and logistics sector. His contributions have significantly enhanced the region's connectivity and global competitiveness.
Upon receiving this remarkable recognition, Mr. Rodés expressed his gratitude, stating "I am deeply honoured to receive the Mediterranean Medal of Honor from ASCAME. This distinction is a testament to the collective efforts of all Mediterranean port communities and the dedicated individuals working within them. Many ports have already paved the way for making sustainability, both environmental and social, a strategic element for their future, setting an example and driving change in their surroundings. This achievement is the result of the unwavering commitment and hard work of the entire Escola team, who have dedicated their talent and effort to turning many dreams, both our own and those of others, into reality. I extend my heartfelt thanks to Escola's partners, including ports and shipping companies, as well as the European Commission and the ENI CBCMED programme, for giving us the opportunity and freedom to make this vision a reality."
The Gala Dinner of MedaWeek Barcelona 2023 was attended by numerous prominent companies and individuals from various sectors. Their presence added tremendous significance to this momentous occasion.