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Dear Reader

The year 2012 was filled with numerous activities and important milestones - clustering process, capitalization call, targeted calls, approval of new strategic projects, Task Force meetings, joint annual conference with ENPI CBC auspiced by the Cyprus Presidency of the EU Council, to name just a few keywords. 2013 will continue to be exiting: the Operational Programme 2014+ will be further developed, consultations will be carried out, the capitalization projects will be approved, more cluster meetings and thematic workshops will be carried out. While a series of newly approved projects will deploy, a big part of standard projects will close in 2013.

This newsletter gives you the possibility to keep track about various developments already carried out in 2012 and planned for 2013. Enjoy reading!

Let's start with some statistics from the project world

Newly approved in 2012:

January 2012: Approval of 3 strategic projects applying under the 4th MED project call (2nd call for strategic projects) in priority axis 3: HOMER, MEDNET, FUTURMED (find out more). Total ERDF budget approved: 10,586,334.12€.

September 2012: Approval of 4 standard projects targeted towards 'strengthening Mediterranean port activities and EU accessibility with simpler norms and better information technologies': MED-PCS, INTE-TRANSIT, MED.I.T.A., iFreightMED-DC (find out more). Total ERDF budget approved: 5,760,219.99 €.

December 2012: Approval of 12 standard projects targeted towards 'Innovation for renewable energy and energy efficiency'. Reserve list of 7 projects that can be programmed once the EC appproved budget changes in the Operational Programme. More information will be provided in January 2013.

Closed in 2012:

> Finalization of 29 projects of the first call and 9 projects of the 2nd call.

> All first call projects are now closed with a consumation of 65M€ (thereof ERDF 47 M€) and an execution rate of around 90%. (Please note that these data are still provisional).

> Projects of the second call will all have closed by the end of 2013. According to current forecasts, they will expend 78M€ (thereof ERDF: 60M€).  

It's all about Capitalization!

In 2012, the programme and projects continued to concentrate their efforts on the capitalization process.

CLUSTERING

Eight thematic clusters have been identified in close collaboration with the projects’ stakeholders. Four out of these eight clusters have been officially launched: preparatory analysis on projects’ outputs/synergies and peer review meetings were carried out in summer 2012. More thematic meetings will be carried out in 2013, read more below.

>> The eight MED clusters and the clustering process

>> Results of the 'peer review series' in June 2012 and other past and upcoming capitalization events  

 

CAPITALIZATION CALL

A call for capitalization projects was opened from 23rd July to 31st October 2012. The evaluation is ongoing and projects will be programmed in spring 2013.

The approximate ERDF budget for the call is 7M€. As capitalisation projects can implement several types of activities tackling needs at different levels, no fixed budget has been firmly set. Each project can request between 300 000€ and 1M€ of ERDF contribution. The maximum duration of the project is 18 months with the latest closure date possible at 30 June 2015, following from the date of closure of the MED Programme activities.

>> Details on the capitalization call/capitalization projects 

Uniting our efforts for the future!

The city of Nicosia and its surroundings received, on 24th and 25th October, around 300 participants from both shores of the Mediterranean on spot and the same amount of online participants to discuss on the region and the cooperation within this region, the present and their future of cooperation programmes, the challenges and the recognizable trends. For the first time, a joint conference was organized by the two programmes ETC MED and ENPI CBC MED. The event was auspiced by the Cyprus Presidency of the EU Council.

At the crossroads of 3 continents, Cyprus proved to be suitable forum to discuss Mediterranean policies. The first day was the occasion to celebrate a cheerful and constructive debate on the difficulties and the achievements of the cooperation so far, bringing together different levels of public authorities and private stakeholders, on the spot or following the event through the available web channels. For the second day, a different approach was followed, taking the event to different locations, allowing the participants to visit some projects in action and having a closer and more informal exchange among project stakeholders on specific subjects.

In the end, it was clear that an important step towards a stronger cooperation in the Mediterranean area had been taken, something more than a slogan or the contents of any reports: the shared belief that cooperation is the best way to move forward.

+ MORE

Create, share, exchange, comment: MED goes social media...

Since a couple of months the MED Programme has been developping its social media. You are warmely invited to share and discuss with us on:

>> LikedIn: More than 500 members have joined the MED Programme Group. We thank our members for making this networking area dynamic and more interesting every day! In the upcoming months, we will benefit from this resrouce to exchange recommendations, experiences, new ideas and ways of doing for the next programming period MED 2014-2020 (#MED2020). Join in the discussions!

>> YOUTUBE: The MED Youtube channel with videos from projects (sorted by priority) and other relavant cooperation and/or Mediterranean themes. Subscribe to receive updates and alerts!

>> Facebook: Around 300 Facebook members follow our activities and annoucements, such as events, useful links, project videos, etc. Please get connected with us!  

>> Twitter: Project partners used this tool to participate online during the latest programme conference which was livestreamed on the web. By further developing such online tools and/or events we will save money, time and carbon!  

That's not yet all - some more reminders...

 

COMMUNICATION

>> Communication Handbook for project partners and results from the Communication Training  in April 2012.

>> New project sections on the web: send us your project stories, project news and event announcements.

PROGRAMME EVALUATION

>> New web section informing on the MED Programme in-itinere evaluation

MED 2014+

>> A Task Force has been installed in 2013 aiming to prepare the MED Operational Programme for the next period 2014-2020 to be approved by the European Commission. Several meetings took place in 2012 and at least three further intense sessions are foreseen in 2013 (see more below).

>> New web section informing on MED 2014+ and ETC 2014-2020.

 

MED Programme Capitalization: What is planned for 2013?

 

CAPITALIZATION PROJECTS

The projects applying within the call for capitalization projects opened from July-October 2012, will be further evaluated in January and February 2013. It is foreseen to approve projects in early March 2013.

PEER REVIEWS/WORKSHOPS AND CONTINUATION OF CLUSTER

Additional capitalization peer reviews/thematic workshops will be organized in 2013 to further establish and continue the work with those working groups/cluster not yet gathered in 2012. These workshops will represent also an important occasion to present the capitalization projects, once selected, and identify a common capitalization approach to be followed by cluster groups and capitalization projects.

CAPITALIZATION FOCUS AT MED ANNUAL EVENT 2013

In 2013, the capitalization activities will follow the main objective to develop concrete perspectives for the future programming period. In this perspective, capitalization will be one of the key topics of the next 2013 MED Annual Conference taking place in Lisbon, in autumn 2013: first synthesis and results on the work done during the last 2 years will be presented.

JOINT COMMUNICATION AND CAPITALIZATION ACTIVITIES

Cluster, strategic projects' networks, capitalization projects: the programme developed various tools and approaches all serving the same objective. These tools shall be further combined in 2013, in an coherent and coordinated approach. Therefore the programme and involved experts will propose joint activities and coordination tools. Among others, a focus will be put on joint communication, such as the preparation of a thematic video series realized in cooperation between programme and partners - from cluster, capitalization projects, strategic projects, etc.

Launch of the MED results library

In early 2013, the MED online results library will be launched.

This library will allow easy access to the main project deliverables sorted by various categories (e.g. thematic or territorial identification). The library will contain all kind of outputs, namely brochures, studies, reports, videos, but also direct links to web tools and databases developed. We will keep you updated!

What else is in the pipeline for 2013?

 

EVENTS AND SEMINARS

- The new targeted projects will be offered information (individual meetings for the transport porjects, joint seminars for the innovation/energy projects) in early 2013. A Lead Partner Seminar for the innovation/energy projects is foreseen on March, 4th 2013 provided that the selection remains confirmed and the contractual procedures advance as foreseen.

- An IPA Seminar for new IPA partners of targeted projects and IPA partners in strategic projects as well as First Level Controles will take place in Croatia in beginning of February. Since important technical information on the shared management system will be provided, this seminar is obligatory for our IPA partners. More information in January 2013.

- Another MED Communication Training is planned to be carried out in spring/early summer 2013. It will focud on the communication strategy setup and monitoring for newly approved projects, but also on tools to lobby and disseminate results for advanced projects. Interested? Send your ideas and expected contents now!

- MED at the OPEN DAYS: Just to make you curious: something is in preparation! More details in 2013...

PROGRAMME EVALUATION

- In 2013 a Bench Marking Study will be published together with the Final Evaluation Report. This study analyses overlappings between the MED Programme and other thematic programmes and identifies in a second step possible complementarities and synergies, but also proposals for future unique spezialisations of the Programme. These anlayses are of important value in the light of the 2014+ development, namely for the Programme's corporate image and identification.

MED PROGRAMME 2014+

Among others, the 2014+ preparation process will focus on:

- SWOT and territorial analysis carried out starting from February 2013. The public procurement to contract experts has recently been launched. 

- Decision on the future management structures (candidatures phase recently started).

- Further precision of the cooperation zone (the current European Commission proposal presented to the Member States foresees the continuation within the existing cooperation area).

STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIONS

Two different consultations will be arranged in 2013:

-  In the framework of the capitalization process, analysis of projects’ experiences and practices as well as ad hoc consultations will be carried out in order to capitalize experiences and collect opinions of key stakeholders on some crucial issues, with particular regards to the “mainstreaming”. It is foreseen to apply the DELPHI method to carry out these consultations.  

- Another consultation - prepared within the MED Task Force - will focus on thematic questions addressed to specific stakeholders. This targeted consultation will thus offer thematic orientations and further precision on possible future MED thematic priorities and target groups.