ENI CBC Med Programme approves 11 new projects to enhance transfer and reuse of good practices across the Mediterranean region
The Joint Monitoring Committee, decision-making body of the ENI CBC Med Programme, has approved 11 projects under the call for capitalisation projects out of the 69 proposals submitted. The selected projects, worth €11.5 million (of which €10.4 million as EU contribution), gather 76 organizations from both sides of the Mediterranean Sea.
The ambition of the capitalisation projects is to foster the transfer, exploitation and mainstreaming of knowledge and results developed under different Euro-Mediterranean initiatives – including ENPI/ENI CBC Med Programme, Union for the Mediterranean, Interreg MED Programme, PRIMA, WestMED, the regional and bilateral components of the European Neighbourhood Policy, etc. The final aim is to foster the enhancement and/or design of evidenced-based public policies, by using and further developing a set of good practices which efficiency have been proven.
The topics addressed by the funded projects include the 4 thematic objectives and 11 priorities of the Programme:
- Business and SMEs development (start-ups; economic clusters; sustainable tourism);
- Technology transfer and innovation (commercialisation of research results; SMEs access to research and innovation);
- Social inclusion and fight against poverty (professionalization of NEETS and women; social and solidarity economy);
- Environment and climate change (water efficiency; waste management; energy efficiency; integrated coastal zone management).
Tackling the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis
One of the ambitions of the call for capitalisation projects is to contribute to the recovery processes in the Mediterranean area, amid the crisis of the COVID-19 and its negative socio-economic effects. It is expected that the 11 funded projects will fine tune intervention models which have the potential to support job and business creation; the transition to carbon-neutral economies; the efficient delivery of social care services; and the well-being of the most vulnerable people.
All applicants involved in the second step of the call for proposals will receive a letter of the Managing Authority containing the results of the evaluation. Selected beneficiaries will soon start the process towards the signing of the grant contract with the Managing Authority, allowing starting the implementation of the planned activities.
It is worth mentioning that a reserve list of projects has also been approved by the Joint Monitoring Committee: the funding of potential additional projects is related to the approval of a major financial change of the Programme by the European Commission.