The Common Idea

THE COMMON IDEA

The common idea of organizing the Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation Summer School 2017 starts from three main opportunities:

  • improve competences and relations  of individuals interested in Euro-Mediterranean cooperation
  • share the Euro-Mediterranean projects experiences among participants and trainers
  • start the concrete design of proposals under the new Euro-Mediterranean funding instruments, in particular ENI CBC MED 2014-2020

 

Since it was launched, in 2004, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) has been strengthening relations, bringing tangible benefits to both the EU and its neighbouring partners, including the introduction of regional initiatives and support to democratization.

Cooperation, peace and security, mutual accountability and a shared commitment to the universal values of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights, are the founding principles of the special relationship between the EU and the Neighbourhood countries of the South and East.  

The partnership aims to “to establish an area of prosperity and good neighbourliness, founded on the values of the Union and characterized by close and peaceful relations based on cooperation”, according to the Treaty on European Union.  

The main Euro Mediterranean funding instrument is ENI CBC “Mediterranean Sea Basin” Programme. More than € 209 million have been granted by the European Union to the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme for the period 2014-2020. The first Call for Proposals for standard project is expected to be launched by June 2017.

In this sense, the Summer School aims at improving individual skills and developing useful relationships among public and private representatives of Euro-Mediterranean organizations already involved or potentially interested in cooperation programs and projects funded by EU resources.