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Context of the consultation

The MED transnational programme supports the sharing of experiences, knowledge, and the improvement of public policies between national, regional and local authorities and other actors at territorial level. 


It includes 57 regions from 10 different EU countries and 3 candidate countries. 


The programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).


Further to the objectives of the EU 2020 strategy, the global objective of the MED programme is to promote the sustainable growth in the Mediterranean area enhancing the innovative approaches (technologies, governance types, innovative services, etc.), a reasonable use of resources (energy, water, maritime resources) and a promotion of the social integration. 


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For 2014-2020, the Commission proposed a number of important changes to the way cohesion policy is designed and implemented. Among the major hallmarks of the proposal:

  • Concentrating funding on a smaller number of priorities better linked to the Europe 2020 Strategy
  • Focusing on results and on the quality of projects
  • Monitoring progress towards agreed objectives (definition of targeted and measurable objectives)
  • Simplifying the delivery (application process, selection, implementation, monitoring…)


One must also mention the need to better coordinate cooperation programmes with mainstream programmes and especially with regional ERDF OP’s.



Consultation objectives


In the framework of the preparation of the MED Transnational Programme 2014-2020, the Member States wish to consult the stakeholders of the MED area in order to fine tune the strategy of the programme in terms of priorities.


Your answers will provide the programme with valuable information on MED regions and will contribute to the definition of objectives, actions to support and results to be expected.




In the article 5 of draft Regulation on specific provisions concerning the European Regional Development Fund and the Investment for growth and jobs goal, the Commission has defined 11 thematic objectives subdivided into investment priorities among which the programme has to select in order to build its strategy. The preselected investment priorities are the following:

  • Strengthening research, technological development and innovation through promoting business investment in innovation and research, and developing links and synergies between enterprises, R&D centres and higher education.


  • Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors through energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructures, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector.


  • Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors through promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multi-modal urban mobility and mitigation relevant adaptation measures.


  • Promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management through the promotion of investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems.


  • Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency, through conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage.


  • Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency, through protecting and restoring biodiversity, soil protection and restoration and promoting ecosystem services including NATURA 2000 and green infrastructures.


  • Promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures through developing and improving environment-friendly (including low-noise) and low-carbon transport systems  including […] inland waterways and maritime transport, ports , [...] multimodal links and airport infrastructure, in order to promote sustainable regional and local mobility.


  • Governance and macro-regional cooperation: enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration by strengthening of institutional capacity and the efficiency of public administrations and public services related to implementation of the ERDF, and in support of actions in institutional capacity and in the efficiency of public administration supported by the ESF.


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Keeping in mind that the transnational programmes are not intended to commit the major investments or finance the infrastructure under the responsibility of the other regional or cross-national European programmes, the transnational programmes are more dedicated to the institutional cooperation. They are dedicated as well to the sharing of experiences and best practices with the aim to improve the strategies and policies integration and implementation. The programme is waiting for your specific point of view on the types of actions that can be implemented in the framework of the foreseen themes on the most appropriate partners in order to implement these actions, on the deliverables and results that could be realized and obtained.


This consultation is open from October 7th till November 22nd 2013. 


The consultation is open for all the MED area stakeholders.


The results will be communicated in January 2013 on the MED Programme’s webpage.


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