Minister De Vincenti: "cross-border cooperation brings decisive added value to the European Neighbourhood Policy"

"In light of the results achieved by the Programme during the 2007-2013 period, the Italian government wishes that cross-border cooperation will continue to bring a decisive added value to the European Neighbourhood Policy, contributing to the creation of an area of peace, prosperity and security in the Mediterranean," said Claudio De Vincenti, Italian Minister for Territorial Cohesion, in a recent statement released to the Managing Authority.

The statement of Minister De Vincenti is part of a report, currently being finalized and to be published soon, which analyses the results of the 95 projects funded by the ENPI CBC Med Programme. The report shows that projects achievements went above all expectations. Among the sectors that most benefitted from cross-border cooperation are: business development (344 start-uppers supported), sustainable tourism (215 heritage sites enhanced and 144 tour operators involved in projects), environmental sustainability (1 million+ kWh of clean energy produced, 1.9 million people positively affected by waste management plans), human development (35,000 people trained). Overall, with an EU investment of €183 million, it is estimated that over 10 million people have benefited from new or improved services thanks to the Programme.

"Given the geographical proximity among the countries of both shores, it is essential that public administrations, universities, companies and civil society organizations find in cross-border cooperation a meeting point to develop shared and effective planning to address together the major challenges that characterize the Euro-Mediterranean area in the fields of socio-economic development and fight against climate change," added Minister De Vincenti.

The participation in the first call for proposals, which was closed on 24th of January 2018, is consistent with the words of Minister De Vincenti since 419 grant applications involving 2,959 organizations from 13 different countries were submitted.