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Final results of the ENPI CBC Med Programme unveiled for the very first time in Cairo
A press conference took place on the 15th of March at the headquarters of the Egyptian Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation to present the achievements of the first phase of the ENPI Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) “Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme”, as highlighted in the report “Acting together for the Mediterranean.”
The event was attended by H.E Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation; Prof. Francesco Pigliaru, President of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, Managing Authority of the ENPI/ENI CBC Med Programmes; H.E. Giampaolo Cantini, Ambassador of Italy to Egypt; Mr. Diego Escalona Paturel, Head of Cooperation of the European Union’s Delegation to Egypt; Ms. Anna Catte, Director General, Managing Authority of the ENPI/ENI CBC Med Programmes.
In her opening speech, Minister Nasr expressed appreciation of the EU support to Egypt also through the ENPI CBC Med Programme, highlighting that 38 Egyptian organizations (and 2 international organizations based in Egypt) participated in 29 projects worth €11.6 million. While reiterating the support of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to cooperation with the Mediterranean countries, Minister Nasr has highlighted the important contribution of the CBC Med Programme to job creation, women’s empowerment, local development and collaboration between the public and private sectors.
“The Programme has become a landmark for cooperation in the Mediterranean region,” said Mr. Francesco Pigliaru, the President of the Sardinia Region, which is the Managing Authority of both ENPI and ENI CBC Med Programmes. “While the past years have underlined the many challenges we all face in the Mediterranean region, in terms of security, migration, unemployment, climate change, the current scale of the shared challenges also offers a unique chance to truly act together for the Mediterranean, by developing and implementing concerted responses. And this is exactly where the Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme comes: it embodies the vision and objectives of 13 countries to strengthen cross-border cooperation and bring collective solutions to issues that have no respect for national boundaries,” added President Pigliaru. “In light of the positive results achieved during the first phase of the Prgramme, cross-border cooperation should remain an important pillar of the European Neighbourhood Policy beyond 2020,” concluded President Pigliaru.
Both Italy’s Ambassador to Egypt, H.E. Giampaolo Cantini and the Head of Cooperation of the European Union’s Delegation to Egypt Mr. Diego Escalona Paturel, pointed out that cross-border cooperation is a unique feature within the European Neighbourhood Policy, with projects jointly designed by partners from 13 different countries in strategic fields for the development of the Mediterranean region such as economic growth, local governance, cultural heritage, sustainable tourism, human capital and environmental sustainably.
Ms. Catte, director of the Managing Authority, gave a detailed overview of the outcomes of the Programme’s first phase, noting that 10 million people benefitted from the funded projects and indicating, among other significant results, that 2,226 SMEs were involved in exchange of experience and technology transfer, 215 heritage sites enhanced and 1.9 million people positively affected by new waste management plans. Director Catte also commented the state of play of the 2014-2020 ENI CBC Med Programme, in particular the statistics related to the participation to the first call for standard projects closed on the 24th of January 2018.
Finally, representatives of Egyptian organizations – Dr. Alaa Ezz, CEEBA; Dr. Amr Rawdan, Academy of Scientific Research and Technology; Dr. Abdel Rahman, Agricultral Research Center - shared with the audience the results achieved by selected projects in the fields of sustainable tourism, social inclusion, waste management, energy efficiency and business development.
About the report “Acting together for the Mediterranean”
Drafted by the Joint Managing Authority in collaboration with the representatives of the 13 countries participating in the Programme, the report comprises an assessment of the outcomes and impact of the 95 projects funded during the 2007-2013 period. The report shows how the Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme has become a "hub" for cooperation among public and private actors - including Ministries, public administrations, universities, civil society organisations and SMEs - allowing over 700 organisations to work together and jointly address some of the most relevant challenges in the Mediterranean area from socio-economic development to the adaptation to climate change. But most of all, the report gives voice to the people and tells how projects positively contributed to improving their lives.