“Acting together for the Mediterranean”: read the final report of the 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Med Programme

3,098 young people and women engaged  in professional development trainings, 2,226 SMEs involved in technology transfer activities, 215 heritage sites enhanced, 1.9 million people positively affected by new waste management plans: these are some the results achieved by the 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Med Programme, the largest EU-funded cross-border cooperation initiative in the Mediterranean.

Drafted by the Joint Managing Authority in collaboration with the representatives of the 13 countries participating in the Programme, the report “Acting together for the Mediterranean” comprises an assessment of the outcomes and impact of the 95 funded projects which budget amounts to €204 million. The report shows how the Programme has become a "hub" for cooperation among public and private actors - including Ministries, public administrations, universities, civil society organisations and SMEs - allowing over 700 organisations to work together and jointly address some of the most relevant challenges in the Mediterranean area from socio-economic development to the adaptation to climate change.

Overall, it is estimated that 10 million people benefited from the funded projects through new or improved services.

Words from project beneficiaries

The report gives voice to the people and tells how the projects contributed to improving their lives. This is the case of Fathiyya Jabora Aurori, one of the many Palestinian women involved in the RUWOMED project. “I learnt how to cultivate the land and how to take care of livestock. A very important aspect of the training was about commercial relationships and marketing. Things in my home have changed a lot. I am very happy. I have enough income to cover the cost of public transportation for my daughters to go to the university. My sons are glad and proud of me. Thank God, I am so happy with this project,” she said.

In addition, the report highlights the vision of political and institutional representatives from the participating countries, including for instance H.E. Imad N. Fakhoury, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of Jordan: “Jordan firmly believes that the Programme offers a unique opportunity for all partners and participating countries to widen their cooperation through creating real partnerships and implementing effective projects that contribute to addressing common challenges the region faces. The projects implemented in Jordan are in line with the Government of Jordan’s policies and strategies in different sectors such as renewable energy, water, agriculture, solid waste management, tourism, environment, sustainable development and investment,” said Minister Fakhoury.

Based on the same principles of co-ownership and mutual benefits, the ENI CBC Med Programme is currently pursuing the efforts undertaken during the 2007-2013 period to contribute to making the Mediterranean a more competitive, innovative, inclusive and sustainable region. 

Read the report "Acting together for the Mediterranean"