First call for proposals for 2nd generation of ENI CBC Med Programme launched | Tunisia News Gazette

First call for proposals for 2nd generation of ENI CBC Med Programme launched

The 1st call for proposals for the 2nd generation of the ENI CBC Med Programme for cross-border co-operation in the Mediterranean area was launched on Wednesday and will be closed on November 9, announced Deputy-Director at the Development and International Co-operation Ministry in charge of cross-border co-operation Sameh Ben Fguira.

This first call is worth Euro 84.6 million for the 13 countries participating in the programme, including Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Cyprus, Spain and Italy. And the allocation granted per project varies between one and three million Euros, she said in a statement on Thursday to TAP on the fringes of information on the first call for standard projects.

She added that the programme is financed by grants from the European Union (EU) to be awarded to the best projects classified on a competitive basis and according to programme priorities.

The programme, she pointed out, aims to develop co-operation projects on both sides of the Mediterranean basin in several areas covering 11 priorities, such as environmental protection, adaptation to climate change, support for the development of entrepreneurs and SMEs, support for education, research, technological development and innovation and the promotion of social inclusion and fight against poverty.

For his part, communication officer Martin Heibel said that the novelty of this second generation of projects is the decisive role that will be given to the national authority of the participating countries as well as new functions and responsibilities.

He announced that two more calls will be launched following this first call for proposals for standard projects, the second call for strategic projects (Euro 84.6 million) to be launched in the first half of 2018, will update needs and priorities and reflect lessons learned from the first call. Finally, the third capitalisation call (Euro 18.8 Million) will be launched in 2019.

According to Heibel, one of the criteria for participation is co-operation between at least three countries (one EU Mediterranean country and one Mediterranean partner country), the third being one of these two categories. And to specify that the duration of projects that will start in 2017 and continue until 2022, will vary between 18, 24 and 36 months.

Source: TAP News Agency

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