Mediterranean countries join forces to promote smart and sustainable growth
The European Commission adopted today the 2014-2020 MED transnational cooperation programme, worth more than €275 million, with €224 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). A further €9.3 million has been allocated to the programme from the EU's Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).
The programme will promote cooperation between regions from 10 EU Member States (Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Malta, Cyprus, UK - Gibraltar) and 3 candidate countries (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania).
The Programme will focus on four main priorities:
- Boosting innovation through collaboration between SMEs, public authorities and research bodies, in order to promote smart and sustainable growth.
- Investing in the low-carbon economy, through energy efficiency, renewable energy production and use, as well as low carbon mobility.
- Protecting natural and cultural resources, and biodiversity, through joint analysis and planning, as well as the transfer of good practice.
- Enhancing Mediterranean governance through cooperation projects involving regional, national and international partners, in order to improve decision-making processes and develop common strategies.
The impacts of the programme are expected to include:
- Foster innovation of public and private actors involved in green and blue growth sectors, creative industries and social economy, increasing by 16% the share of innovative clusters involved in transnational activities;
- Raise capacity for better management of energy in public buildings by doubling the number of plans with energy management measures for public building stocks;
- Increase access and use of sustainable transports systems by doubling the share of urban plans with low carbon transport soft actions;
- Improve by 10% the level of sustainability of tourism in MED coastal regions, through better cooperation and joint and integrated planning ;
The launch of the MED Programme 2014-2020 will take place on 23 June 2015 in Marseille.