JMA participated in UNIMED General Assembly

The Joint Managing Authority participated in the General Assembly of UNIMED - Mediterranean Universities Union - which took place at the University of Salento (Lecce, Italy) from 7th to 9th July.

During the workshop on "Project design and International cooperation", the JMA together with representatives of the United Nations, European Commission, regions and universities discussed about cooperation programmes such as FP7, TEMPUS, ENPI CBC Med and other initiatives funded by international donors, with a focus on the role of local authorities.

In addition to underlining the performance of universities in the framework of the first call for standard projects, Mrs. Anna Catte, director of the JMA, highlighted the key objectives of the new European Neighbourhood Policy and the potential contribution of academic institutions.
More specifically, in the context of the mid-term review of the European Neighbourhood Policy, Mrs. Catte insisted on the benefits of cross-border cooperation as a way to encourage joint responses to common Mediterranean challenges and build long-lasting partnerships in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

UNIMED General Assembly was also the occasion to present the written declaration of several members of the European Parliament regarding the establishment of a Euro-Mediterranean Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci programmes to facilitate transnational mobility for students from both sides of the Mediterranean.

Written declaration on the establishment of Euro-Mediterranean Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci programmes

About UNIMED: the Mediterranean Universities Union was founded in 1991. This association gathers 83 associates from 21 countries of the Euro-Med region. Its objective is to contribute to the process of integration between to the two shores of the Mediterranean area. UNIMED activities concern different sectors such as cultural heritage, environment, transports and logistics, e-learning, health, medicine, energy and tourism.