First call for projects of ENI CBC Med programme | Tunisia News Gazette

First call for projects of ENI CBC Med programme

An information day on the launch of the 1st call for projects under the “Italy Tunisia” cross-border co-operation programme (ENI CBC Med), was organised on Tuesday at the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) headquarters.

The programme is a bilateral initiative for co-operation in the Mediterranean, with a budget of Euros 33 million and funded by the European Union as part of its neighbourhood policy. The purpose of the information day is to provide an overview of the programme and expectations regarding this call for proposals and to ensure a good understanding of the main rules of participation.

Bartolo Vienna, representative of the managing authority in the Sicilian region of the Italy-Tunisia 2014/2020 programme, said that this programme is funded by donations from the European Union, pilot projects in various themes, such as the support for the development of entrepreneurs and SMEs, environmental protection and adaptation to climate change, support for education, research, technological development and innovation.

The aim of this programme is to create a zone of shared prosperity and good neighbourliness between the EU member states and their neighbours.

The programme has set thematic and global objectives: development of SMEs and entrepreneurship, support for education, research, technological development and innovation, environmental protection and adaptation to climate change, the official pointed out.

The first call for proposals (launched on October 27) had a budget of Euros 16 million. The allocation granted by the project varies between Euros 0.8 and 1.2 million.

“The definition of the programme strategy has been based on the most relevant priorities for the period 2014/2020, which must bring real cross-border added-value and do not cover elements already funded by the EU or likely to be.

The projects must enable the establishment of sustainable cross-border links in the co-operation area, said Head of the Joint Technical Secretariat for the ENI CBC Italy-Tunisia Programme Rosario Sapienza.

The co-operation area defined by the programme brings together the regions located on both sides of the maritime route bordering Sicily and Tunisia, i.e. the five Sicilian provinces of the southern coastal areas (Agrigento, Trapani, Caltanissetta, Ragusa and Siracusa) and the 9 Tunisian governorates of the North-East and Central-East coasts (Bizerte, Ariana, Tunis, Ben Arous, Nabeul, Sousse, Monastir, Mahdia and Sfax).

Three Sicilian provinces (Catania, Enna and Palermo) and six Tunisian governorates (Beja, Manouba, Zaghouan, Kairouan, Sidi Bouzid and Gabes) were considered in the framework of the ENI CBC Italy-Tunisia Italy-Tunisia 2014/2020 as boundary co-operation areas thus extending the co-operation space, compared to the previous programme 2013/2017.

The information day was organised by the Ministry of Development, Investment and International Co-operation (the National Authority of the Programme for Tunisia) in partnership with the Programme Management Authority (Region of Sicily).

Source: TAP News Agency

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