Tunisia: Minister Abdelkefi welcomes the launch of the first call for standard projects

Ahead of the information event which brought together more participants in Tunis on Thursday, 20 July, Mr. Mohamed Fadhel Abdelkefi, Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation of the Tunisian Government, welcomed the launch of the first call for proposals by the ENI CBC Med Programme: "we are pleased to witness the effective start of the Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme in its second phase and in particular the launch of this first call, which has already generated a great deal of interest and preparation of joint projects".

He then highlighted Tunisia's interest in cross-border cooperation: "while expressing a strong attachment to the Euro-Mediterranean partnership, the Tunisian enthusiasm for this mode of cooperation stems from its openness to regions, local authorities, associations, universities and research centers, and the various local and regional actors, thus giving greater proximity of projects with local populations in the regions and territories concerned and greater visibility of results".

"To this must be added the fact that the objectives and priorities of the Programme, conceived in a participatory approach and after a broad consultation, fit perfectly with the national priorities as stated in our national development plan. This is the case for the objectives related to business development and SMEs; support to education, research, technological development and innovation; environmental protection, adaptation and mitigation of the consequences of climate change," said the Minister.

"I am particularly pleased that the Programme has among its priorities the support to social and solidarity economy actors and young people who are not in employment, education or training, i.e. the 'NEETS'. These two priorities are also those of the Tunisian Government as part of its strategy to fight unemployment and poverty," concluded Minister Abdelkefi.