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In July 2012, the ETC MED Programme opened its first call for capitalization projects. This is a very special call for its novelty and expected impact on the territory and on the future programme. It will be possible to apply until 31st October 2012, the total approximate ERDF budget to be approved is 7M€.

In order to provide clear information and to support partner search activities, several seminars and infor days are foreseen:  

>> Transnational Applicants Seminar

on 25th September 20112 in Marseilles

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>> IPA-MED info day in Budva

on 4th October 2012 in Budva, Montenegro

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>> ENPI-MED info day

on 18th September in Valencia

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>> National info day in Italy

on 18th September in Florence

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Moreover, a 'partner search / project idea platform is available on the web! Use this tool to let others know about your project idea to be joined in or to find out about partnerships in development that you you could join in!

>> PROJECT IDEA FAIR

 

Some more background information? Please go ahead...  

 

WHY AND HOW? The nature of the MED capitalization...

The MED Programme is entering in a new strategic phase: the collection of lessons learnt and orientations for the elaboration of the new programming period. The capitalization activities implemented are fundamental to understand how to build the new programme based on results achieved. Future perspectives should take into consideration the interplay between the Europe 2020 strategy, the re-framing of the territorial cooperation in the cohesion policy, and the current European financial crisis, that is specially hitting Southern Europe.

The MED Programme is currently working jointly with CESPI institute carrying out a clustering process, but also with the external experts in charge of the in itinere evaluation (Cabinet Parcourir) feeding the process of capitalization.

The analysis provided by the experts from these structures nurture (and receive the feedback of) the actions conducted by the MED staff concerning capitalization and the future programme.

 

MORE CONCRETELY: Which steps have been taken? 

>> Launch of a clustering process gathering projects working in similar thematic areas. These activities are animated by the CESPI institute, the external expert recruited by the MED programme.

>> Elaboration of coordinated capitalization activities and inclusion in the strategic projects' work plans.

>> Launch of the Capitalization call in July 2012.

>> Involvement of a large and diversified group of stakeholders and project partners envisaging the collection of information, opinions and perceptions on the programme and capitalization subjects.

 

 

How is the project community involved? 

Projects are requested to participate in this process by sharing their knowledge and experiences on problems and opportunities that are affecting the Mediterranean territories. To that, specific meetings are organized, together with meetings, surveys, interviews with the experts and the promotion of the projects’ activities in different formats and communication activities.

The final objective is to contribute to the orientations and suggestions for the future MED Programme – that will be delivered to the Task Force that will be in charge for the writing of the next Operational Programme – at the same that the actions to increase the impact of the project results are implemented through the strategic and the capitalization projects.

 

What kind of clusters have been developed?

Since the first thematic brainstorming series in summer 2011 and the Capitalization Day in Marseille the in winter 2011, a bottom-up clustering process involving all MED projects has been carried out aiming to form clusters of projects in the same topic for exchanging information and put in common innovative outputs and results to be mainstreamed and transferred to Mediterranean territories.

So far, this process led to the identification of 4 topics and 8 clusters of projects:

Policies for Smart Growth: innovative and creative SME’s

1)       Web-based platforms for knowledge and technology transfers

2)       Innovative services and “soft” infrastructures for innovative and creative SMEs/industries

3)       Smart Specialisation in Rural Areas

Policies for Sustainable Urban Models And Climate Change

4)       Sustainable urban models, urban design and economic development

5)       Energy Efficiency, Waste management and Pollution Prevention (buildings and neighbourhoods)

Policies for Sustainable Management of Natural Risk and Resources

6)       Governance and Adaptation Policies in Costal Mediterranean Zone

7)       Integrated and Sustainable management of natural areas and resource in Mediterranean Area

Policies for Sustainable Ports and Transports

8)       Sustainable Ports, Transports and Accessibility


Four case studies and peer reviews have been organized in June 2012, the conclusions will soon be published.

>> Web-based platforms for knowledge and technology transfers;

>> Sustainable urban models;

>> Governance and Adaptation Policies in Costal Mediterranean Zone;

>> Sustainable Ports, Transports and Accessibility.

 

And what about the capitalization call in the bigger picture?

The Med Programme coordinates all the capitalization initiatives carried on. An overview on the capitalization activities carried out by strategic projects will be kept, and connections will be made with the new capitalization projects that will be implemented in 2013. The aim is to forge a common understanding on what is working and how it can be disseminated in all Mediterranean territories but also serve as examples to areas facing similar challenges.

Find here a first collection of accumulated project data providing an overview on what happened in the MED Programme so far. Please note that this an outcome of an ongoing analysis and might therefore not yet be exhaustive.