What is the difference between Services (other than external expertise) and external Expertise?

The external expertise category concerns the following expenditures: analysis, studies, reports, a work more “intellectual”, whereas Services make reference to expenditures as catering, translation, interpreting, etc. When the expenditures deal with Services having a direct link to promotional costs, it is possible to choose between the line “Services” and the line “promotion” depending on the budgetary needs.

What is the MED Programme ?

MED is a transnational programme of European territorial cooperation, cofinanced by the European Commission. It takes place within the territorial cooperation objective of the 2007 – 2013 period.

The main priorities of this new programming period concern the issues of the EU competitiveness through its regions, employment and sustainable development promotion. Innovation, good governance, environmental protection and natural risks prevention are now the key notions for the projects funded. The transnational Med programme, with a budget of more than 250 M€, merges the coastal and Mediterranean regions from nine member states of the EU and part of the PAI countries.

How is the programme managed?

The Member states have appointed the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Region (France) as Managing Authority, responsible for managing and implementing the operational programme.

The Joint Technical Secretariat assists the Managing Authority and all the MED institutions. It receives and instructs the projects applications.

The Monitoring Committee verifies the effectiveness and quality of the implementation of the operational programme.

The Payment Authority is the French Caisse des dépôts et consignations and the Audit Authority is the French Commission interministérielle de coordination des contrôles, assisted by a group of auditors from each participating countries.

What is the programme's eligible area?

The Med programme covers the following areas:

  • Cyprus: the entire country
  • France: 4 regions – Corse, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, Rhône-Alpes
  • Greece : the entire country
  • Italy : 18 regions : Abruzzo, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Marche, Molise, Umbria, Piedmont, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Veneto.
  • Malta: the entire country
  • Portugal : 2 regions – Algarve, Alentejo
  • Slovenia: the entire country
  • Spain: 6 autonomous regions and the two autonomous cities – Andalusia, Aragon, Catalonia, Balearic islands, Murcia, Valencia, Ceuta and Melilla
  • United-Kingdom : 1 region of economic programming – Gibraltar

Beyond these regions, the participation of non eligible Med areas is possible but limited. In addition, the Med programme has invited Mediterranean countries candidates or potentially candidates to the European Union. With the starting of the programme, its cooperation area includes Croatia and Montenegro. These countries participate with the European funds of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA).

What are the topics of cooperation?

The Med programme finances projects according to its priorities, based on the strategic orientations defined in Lisbon and Gothenburg agendas:


  • Innovation: creation and development of scientific and technological networks, and the enhancement of regional R&TD and innovation capacities, where these make a direct contribution to the balanced economic development of transnational areas.
  • Environment: water management, energy efficiency, risk prevention and environmental protection activities with a clear transnational dimension.
  • Accessibility: activities aiming to improve access to and quality of transport and telecommunications services, where these have a clear transnational dimension.
  • Sustainable urban development: strengthening polycentric development at transnational, national and regional levels, with a clear transnational impact.
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