In light of the many environmental challenges affecting the Mediterranean region – depicted as a climate change hotspot warming 20% faster than the global in average – climate action and the green transition need to be fueled by funding. To help achieve ambitious climate goals, the European Union is investing unprecedented financial resources to boost the transition towards a more sustainable and greener Europe: 30% of the EU budget for the 2021-2027 will be spent to fight climate change. This major investment translates into opportunities for common action in the Mediterranean area, also in partnership with countries from the southern shore, and address key issues like sustainable water management, resource-efficiency, energy efficiency, etc. The event will offer to participants a detailed overview of the funding opportunities provided by three different EU programmes – indicativly over €650 million – to finance regional cooperation projects. The discussion aims to showcase the environmental-related priorities of three different EU-supported programmes with a Mediterranean scope – namely Interreg NEXT MED, Interreg Euro-MED and PRIMA – and provide information on funding available and how to access to financial support. The event will also insist on the leading role of the Union for the Mediterranean in creating operational synergies among regional projects to increase their visibility and overall impact.
- Mr. Moray Gilland, Head of Unit for Macro-regions, Transnational/Interregional/External Cooperation, Enlargement – DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
- Ms. Francesca Marcato, Project officer, Joint Secretariat of Interreg Euro-MED Programme
- Prof. Angelo Riccaboni, Chair of PRIMA “Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area” Programme
- Mr. Martin Heibel, Communication manager, Managing Authority of ENI CBC MED/Interreg NEXT MED Programme
- Ms. Alessandra Sensi, Head of Sector, Environment and Blue Economy – Union for the Mediterranean
- Mr. Aldo Puleo, Programme officer, Managing Authority of ENI CBC MED/Interreg NEXT MED Programme