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WHAT IS IN TODAY'S NEWSFLASH?

  • Programme updates: approved projects, preparation of the new programming period

  • Updates from the project world: interviews with partners involved in energy projects

  • Ongoing and upcoming

PROGRAMME NEWS

19 + 4 + 13 new MED projects!

Our MED Selection Committee  met very often in the last months: three calls for project proposals were running and finally the Committee approved 36 new MED projects.

These new targeted and capitalisation projects will allow the programme to experiment new strategies for the future programming period. Moreover, based on capitalisation activities, results analyses and consultations, the project partners will actively contribute to the thematic design of the new programme!

13 capitalisation projects

An essential milestone in the MED capitalisation process: following an ambitious capitalisation approach including various activities and steps, such as thematic workshops, cluster development, peer reviews, the MED Programme will now support 13 capitalisation projects. From eco-innovation, to attractiveness policies and  sustainable urban solutions: these MED cluster projects are selected among all the 4 programme priorities and thus cover all the areas of past MED projects' experiences. However, due to their nature, these projects certainly follow cross-cutting and transversal approaches. A Lead Partner seminar for these new projects will take place on 6th and 7th June 2013 in Marseille. 

FIND MORE ABOUT THE NEW PROJECTS HERE.

Two targeted calls were carried out, resulting in the approval of 23 projects:

4 projects were approved aiming to strengthen Mediterranean port activities and EU accessibility with simpler norms and a better use of information technologies. In total a budget of 7.7Mio € was programmed. FIND MORE HERE. 

The other targeted call addressed towards projects boosting innovation for renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions in Mediterranean regions and cities. Projects applied within programme priority 1 (innovation) and 2 (environment). FIND MORE HERE.

 

Preparing the MED 2014+ future

A Task Force composed of the 13 MED Member States and Candidate Countries holding the vote, but also the European Commission, the Managing Authority, the Joint Secretariat and external experts has been  set up aiming to develop the MED programming period 2014-2020. In December 2011, a first general brainstorming meeting took place and since May 2012 the formally constituted Task Force met already 4 times.

What has been done so far?

Several analyses and discussions have been carried out based on desk researches, the in-itinere evaluation, INTERACT and ESPON material and past debates with project partners. Furthermore, the Task Force decided to externalize specific expertise and precised concrete expectations and contents of these services:

  • Moderation of the Task Force and drafting the Operational Programme (OP) (status: moderator contracted in winter 2012) 
  • Diagnostic and SWOT analysis (status: expert chosen, contracting procedure ongoing)
  • Elaboration of an indicator system for the OP (status: upcoming)
  • Ex-ante evaluation and strategic environmental evaluation (status: tender will be launched soon)

All experts are working (or will soon work) closely together with the moderator, the JTS and MA and the dedicated working groups involving Member States, such as the indicator group.

In its last meeting, the Task Force took the unanimity decision that the ETC MED Programme 2014-2020 will be managed by the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. The Joint Technical Secretariat will remain in Marseilles as well: this allows a smooth transmission between two programming periods. The Commission underlined also the importance of the Liaison Offices, currently in Valencia and in Thessaloniki, especially with regard to the new macroregional Adriatic-Ionian strategy and programmes in the east side of the Mediterranean.

What’s ongoing and upcoming?

The moderator started his work already in winter 2012 and is working for the new OP on the basis of the input from:

  • external experts
  • national positions
  • JTS with experience of the current implementing period

Moreover, the working group on indicators met to brainstorm and develop the basis for further analysis by and debates with the experts to be soon contracted. 

The Member States and Candidate Countries are discussing on their national framework and will soon choose among the 11 thematic priorities proposed by the EC. After having decided on such national directions, the thematic priorities have to be discussed and chosen for the transnational porgramme level.

After that stakeholder consultations will be carried out in various steps in order to receive concrete input from our practicing partners about their ideas on activities, needed results, approaches, etc. We will keep you updated about these possibilities to shape the future programme…

The next Task Force meeting will take place on 28th mai 2013. We will keep you updated: FIND UPDATES HERE   

PROJECT NEWS

 

19 targeted energy projects have recently been approved (see above). Based on the work already carried out in numerous standard and three strategic projects, the MED Programme therewith further develops expertise and knowledge in the energy field which will be of importance for the next programming period. Our MED Liaison Officers carried out interviews to introduce project partners' perspectives and ongoing networking and capitalisation processes. 

Energy solutions in IPA countries, for example in Croatia

Kirill Dimanopoulos, IPA-MED Liaison Officer in Thessaloniki interviewed Ms. Margareta Zidar from the Energy Institute of Hrvoje Požar, Croatia, partner in the projects ENERMED, SMART-MED PARKS and REPUBLIC-MED.

LO: What are the differences between the energy policies of the MED EU Member States and the MED IPA countries? 

There are little differences in policies, the transposition of EU directives is in a similar stage. We have an energy certification scheme (showing annual heating energy demand) in implementation since 2010 and the minimum energy efficiency construction standard is class C (≤100 kWh/m2a heating energy). Final and primary energy levels are still not calculated.

A huge gap is the lack of EE&RES products and the market for relevant services in IPA countries. General awareness and purchase power of citizens is fairly low while incentives and affordable loans are not available.

LO: And what concretely is the added value of territorial transnational cooperation in this field (in contrast to other programmes and initiatives in this field)? 

Transnational cooperation in the MED region has provided information and experiences from countries with similar resources' availability, culture and habits. Although we, the IPA countries, do not have the  same economic capacity, we can benefit from joint ideas and existing possibilities followed by the  implementation of models, e.g. financing models, the involvement of stakeholders and their experiences and finally concrete transnational results.

LO: In July Croatia will become a new EU Member State. What are going to be the next steps for Croatia in the field of energy policy?

In the field of energy efficiency in this year Croatia has to define a 'nearly zero energy concept' for buildings and realization plans, reference buildings, energy models and measures optimising costs. In the field of renewable energy we have started with the transposition of the 2009/28/EC on promotion of RES use.

LO: As regards the theme of ‘energy’ – what would the programme need to consider for the future period according to your point of view? 

The programme should involve local and regional administrations and provide them with support in the development of local energy and environmental action plans and/or the implementation of envisaged activities in case action plans do already exist. Focus should be on best practices and technologies.

LO: Thank you!

Cooperating for energy efficiency in the entire MED area!

Capitalisation between energy projects from different programmes: The projects MARIE (ETC MED) and RELS (ENPI CBC MED)

Mercedes Acitores, the ENPI-MED Liaison Officer in Valencia, interviewed Marta Arrufi, Cristina Cardenete and Anna Mestre from the ENPI CBC MED RELS project and Xavier Marti from the ETC MED MARIE project.

LO: RELS, an ENPI CBC MED project related to energy efficiency in buildings, also participated in the MEDBEE forum held in Brussels last November (initiated by MARIE). What did this mean to RELS and what did you learn?
Marta Arrufi, REELS: MEDBEE Forum is a platform striving to rethink energy efficiency improvements for  Mediterranean buildings and it was organized by two strategic MED projects (MARIE and ElihMED) very much related to RELS. It was particularly important to participate in the debate between the different DGs of the European Commission, EIB, EU regions, Member States and municipalities concerning energy efficiency in buildings. Indeed, learning about other projects and having the opportunity to share experiences is very valuable. This added value is increased due to the direct participation of the Housing Agency of Catalonia (RELS partner) in MARIE projects meetings and the presentation of RELS activities in one of the MARIEs pilot projects meetings. The inputs of MEDFORUM and synergies with the two MED projects have contributed to the enrichment of RELS tasks implementation, and it will also contribute to the improvement of RELS products and results.

LO:  Both projects MARIE and RELS are working together very closely. What are the benefits of this cooperation betwteen MED and ENPI projects? Do you assume it as necessary?

Anna Mestre, RELS: Of course, the exchange of knowledge between both programmes can contribute to propose a solution for energy efficiency adapted to the Mediterranean climate. Working together, will help to develop new techniques more adapted to local and traditional knowhow. Concerning energy efficiency in residential buildings, the climate approach (Mediterranean countries) is more accurate than the European EU approach. The climate factor is the main element to improve energy efficiency in buildings. Other factors, such as construction practices and cultural specifications are equally important. RELS pilot projects are taking advantage from the strategic point of view of the MARIE project, for instance: RELS is testing public-private partnership strategies in its pilots (ESCOs model). This is one of the financial mechanisms that MARIE propose to solve financial barriers of energy renovation in buildings, due to lack investment capacity of public sector.

LO: RELS, MARIE and ELIH MED are working together very closely, are there any actions overlapping? Which are your complementarities?
Xavier Marti, MARIE: All these 3 projects are complementary. MARIE is more strategic as it is a project which rethinks to improve the current energy efficiency in Mediterranean buildings, analyzing this sector from different points of view, legal, entrepreneurial, technical. ELIH MED and RELS are more focused on social and low income housing, ELIH MED is carrying out pilot actions in private homes and seeking for new financing formats while RELS analyses the state of the art in energy efficiency on an Euromediterranean basis, developing networks, sharing best practices among Mediterranean countries (EU and participating), training experiences…What do we all have in common, together with PROFIRBIOMED, another MED strategic project in biomass? Making a sustainable and efficient use of energy in buildings.

LO: Has the RELS project planned any event together with the MED strategic projects?
RELS participated in the first capitalization meeting with Spanish partners of ELIH-MED, MARIE and PROFORBIOMED. This meeting was held in Valencia the 1st march 2013 and is part of a common capitalization process that will be concluded in a general meeting foreseen in autum 2013 in Slovenia. This final capitalization meeting will be very useful to prepare a 2nd draft of the common policy paper prepared by MARIE and ELIHMED “Improving MED transnational cooperation answers to energy efficiency challenge in buildings”. This second draft will include all the experiences achieved in the development of pilot activities of MARIE, ELIH-MED, PROFORBIOMED and RELS.

LO: Thank you!

ONGOING AND UPCOMING

Launching new MED projects...

A series of kick off conferences will be organised in the upcoming weeks:

  • 15th-16th April: EMILIE in Trieste
  • 23th April: SMARTinMED in Florence
  • 27th - 29th May: WIDER in Thessaloniki
  • 20th June: URBAN_EMPATHY

... and finalising pioneer ones!

There are also several MED projects coming to an end and organising final conferences in the MED area to introduce and promote results:

1st PRIORITY: INNOVATION

  • 17th April: InFLOWence in Rome (innovation, city economy, polycentricity)
  • 10th May: EMMA in Perugia (platform to support female entrepreneurship)
  • 16th - 17th May: IPSMEs in Venice (innovative tools in the field of intellectual property rights and redesign of supply of services)
  • 17th May: MED-KED in Bonogna (enterpreneurship development)
  • 17th May: HIDDEN in Ioannina (innovation capacity and competencies of small and “low tech” SMEs)

2nd PRIORITY: ENVIRONMENT 

  • 18th April: ZEroCO2 in Florence ('Sustainable Energy Action Plan' realisation in local communities) 
  • 8th May: MODELAND in Valderobre, Spain (territorial governance/ rural landscapes)
  • 15th May: AGROCHEPACK in Bari (agrochemical plastic packaging waste management in synergy with agricultural plastic waste valorization), organized jointly with the launching event of the CBC Greece-Italy project AWARD
  • 15th - 16th May: MEDDEA in Nicosia, Cyprus (implementation of the European Energy Award)
  • 15th - 18th May: FORCLIMADAPT in Naples (climate change forest adaptation)
  • 23rd - 24th May: Enerscapes in Malta (renewable energies and their (potential) impact on Mediterranean territories and landscapes)
  • 24th May: MEDIWAT in Palermo (Sustainable management of environemental issues related to water stress in Mediterranean Islands)
  • 28th May: ENERMED in Cagliari (renewable energies)

3rd PRIORITY: ACCESSIBILITY

  • 23rd - 24th April: Seatoland in Sevilla (connection of ports to their hinterland)
  • 16th - 17th May: PORTA in Catania (common strategies and integrated transport/land use planning procedures to increase the role of ports)
  • 9th May: LOSAMEDCHEM in the province of Novara (Development of the traffic of chemicals in the Mediterranean)
  • 15th May: LIMIT4WEDA in Rome (mobility in areas affected by weak demand of transport)
  • 15th May: Freigt4All in Heraklion (ICT solutions for multimodal freight transport chains)

Find more details and constant updates in our event calendar on the website www.programmemed.eu.

Conference on Mediterranean port systems

A subject jointly tackled by two strategic MED projects, Rome 10 May 2013

The strategic projects FUTURMED and MEDNET are organising a joint conference entitled What future for the Mediterranean Port Systems: trends, challenges and opportunities. This event will take place on 10th May in Rome and will be the starting point for the cooperation among those two projects aiming to improve the competitiveness of Mediterranean ports. More information and registration on the  FUTUREMED  and the MEDNET websites.

European week of OPEN DATA

In the framework of the strategic project HOMER, the European week of OPEN DATA will be organised in Marseilles, from 27 to 29 June 2013. This transversal theme is of relevance for MED projects of all thematic areas: Find synergies with the HOMER project and benefit from know-how for better availability, treatment and use of public sector information in and around your project.
Another HOMER conference will take place in Sévilla on 15th May 2013, entitled HOMER Project and Open Data: an economic and social opportunity for the MED basin.

Sharing borders, growing closer!

Present your project during the European Cooperation Day 2013!

Where could you find a horse racing a tractor, people swimming from one country to another, and a concert in a cave underneath a national border? At one of the many events celebrating European Cooperation Day during the week of 21 September 2012!

The campaign organised by European Territorial Cooperation programmes all over Europe, highlighted for the first time the role of cooperation across borders in the European Union and with its neighbours. The European Cooperation Day was celebrated through over 280 local events, brought to you by 72 programmes in almost 40 countries.

Find more information on the 2012 edition here: 

The second edition of the ECD is going to take place in September 2013: MED projects are highly recommended to organise publicity events in the framework of this special day and benefit from media awareness and existing promotion platforms. Do not miss the next edition on 21 September 2013 and surrounding days!

One main goal is to  European Cooperation Day is to engage the general population in territorial cooperation. For this reason it is important to organise events that are exciting, inclusive and fun: try to avoid conference style events and be as creative as possible. Examples of local events from the 2012 campaign, as well as other ideas for local events can be found on the website ECD website.

Project partners interested to organise dedicated communiction and publicity activities in the framework of the ECD 2013 in the period around the 21st September 2013, are asked to contact the JTS Communication Unit in order to coordinate activities and promote them on the ECD platform 2013. We can provide you with more information and guidelines on this campaign and possible local campaigns in yout territories...