Cooperation area

13 States from the Mediterranean coastal regions, together to take on common challenges


Between 2007 and 2013, transnational cooperation in Med programme will essentially be based on previous cooperation areas, drawing Medocc and Archimed areas together. It also associates Cyprus, and Slovenia, Member states since 2004.

Following the Commission decision of 31 October 2006 drawing up the list of eligible regions and areas for the transnational strands of the European territorial cooperation objective, 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, Piedmonte, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Veneto.
  • Malta: the entire country
  • Portugal : 2 regions - Algarve, Alentejo
  • Slovenia: the entire country
  • Spain: 6 autonomous regions - Andalusia, Aragon, Catalonia, Balearic islands, Murcia, Valencia - and the two autonomous cities - Ceuta and Melill
  • United-Kingdom : 1 region of economic programming - Gibraltar
  • Croatia (since the 1st of July 2013): the entire country 



The programme has also invited Mediterranean candidates or potential candidate countries to the european union to join. These countries participate with the European funds of the IPA (Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance). The ccoperation space has since welcomed

  • Albania
  • Croatia (before the 1st of July 2013)
  • Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Montenegro


From transitional to integrated management of IPA and ERDF funds

Until 2010, each participating candidate country had a small yearly IPA budget allocated to their participation to MED programme. The national authorities or Commission Delegations were in charge of the financial management of IPA partners. This separated management system is kept for already on-going projects.


In 2010, the EU Commission proposed to MED Managing Authority to take in charge the management of IPA financing, with a new financial allocation. The MED Monitoring Committee accepted to integrate IPA financial management to the programme.


Since March 16th 2011, European Commission approved the modification to the OP concerning the financial management of IPA funds of the Managing Authority.

In some technical keywords:

  • Joint IPA envelope for the 4 countries (2010-2013): 5,4M€;
  • IPA partners can participate to strategic projects (2nd call) and to all future calls for proposals with this financing procedure;
  • They cannot be Lead Partners;
  • As partners, they participate to the application with the LP and sign the Partnership Agreement as any other partner of the project;
  • IPA partners sign a separate Subsidy (Grant) contract with the MA.



Liaison Offices MED/ENPI and MED/IPA

MED/IPA Liaison Office


A Med liaison office has been set in Thessaloniki (Greece) to exchange with the countries benefiting from the instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). This decentralized JTS office is in charge of the exchange of information, the coordination and the capitalisation work with partnerships and programmes of IPA countries.


More information on the IPA Liaison Office



Liaison Office MED/ENPI CBC MED


In addition, a Med liaison office has been set in Valencia (Spain) to coordinate between the MED programme and the ENPI Mediterranean sea Basin.  


More information on the MED/ENPI CBC Office

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