Tunisia : "the new Programme fits within the national development objectives", says Minister Yassine Brahim

"The new 'Mediterranean Sea Basin' cooperation Programme fits within the national development objectives of Tunisia": these were the words of Mr. Yassine Brahim, Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation, during a meeting of the second generation of the programme which took place in Tunis on 18 March 2016.

An information day dedicated to the institutional and national authorities involved in the implementation and monitoring of the ENI (European Neighbourhood Instrument) CBC (Cross-Border Cooperation) Programme took place in Tunis on 18 March in the presence of Mr. Yassine Brahim, Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation, Mr. Francesco Pigliaru, President of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia which is the Managing Authority of the Programme, and Mr. Patrick Berckmans, Minister-Counselor at the EU Delegation in Tunisia.

"We are committed to this programme because of its participatory approach which involves countries and regions from both two shores of the Mediterranean in projects of common interest with a spirit of mutual respect resulting in shared decision-making, during the design and implementation phases," said Mr. Yassine Brahim. "The programme fits within the national objectives, which aim to put in place a new development momentum, based on decentralization, the improvement of local governance and the reinforcement of the democratic process towards a major equity among Tunisian regions".

For his part, Mr. Francesco Pigliaru highlighted the importance of the programme, which allows, thanks to an updated and focused strategic framework, "to address crucial challenges related to the current situation in the Mediterranean region, in particular youth empowerment." The President of the Sardinia Region said that "the creation of a favourable environment, where talents and skills are enhanced and used for the development of communities and the economy, is necessary to meet young people's aspirations."

As for Mr. Patrick Berckmans, he reminded the objectives of the European Neighbourhood Policy, i.e. "to create an area of shared prosperity, stability and security" and stressed on "the specific nature of cross-border cooperation which is based on the commitment and co-decision of participating countries." According to the representative of the EU delegation in Tunisia, "building bridges between the two shores of the Mediterranean is more important than ever."

The meeting continued with several presentations delivered by the Managing Authority on the strategy of the new Programme, the type of projects and responsibilities related to the management and control system set by the ENI Regulation.

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The meeting also provided the opportunity to take stock of some of the initiatives funded during the 2007-2013 period. Actors of the LACTIMED, PROCAMED, RELS and LOCAL-SATS highlighted to the audience the results of actions implemented and impact for Tunisian regions in the fields of economic development, promotion of agri-food products, energy efficiency and territorial planning.

Minister Yassine Brahim said he was satisfied with the involvement of Tunisian partners – they are 70 having participated to 49 of the 95 funded projects – and declared his "ambition for the second generation of the Programme".

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