The CPMR Inter-Mediterranean Commission (CPMR-IMC) is developing new synergies with other key players of the Mediterranean, after signing in 2013 and 2015 the Memorandums of Understanding with the Union for the Mediterranean and the Center for Mediterranean Integration and furthering the solid relations developed with Med Networks such as Arco Latino and the Euro-Region Adriatic Ionian in the framework of the COM&CAP MarInA-Med project.
In this perspective, last 7 October 2015 the CPMR-IMC was represented by its Executive Secretary, Davide Strangis, in the General Assembly of the Euro-Region Pyrénées-Méditerranée (EPM). During this meeting, Damien Alary, President of Languedoc-Roussillon became the new President of the Euro-Region, succeeding Francina Armengol, President of the Balearic Islands Government.
The EPM– recently awarded the “EGTC” prize for the best EU territorial cooperation structure – also approved a joint declaration on refugees in the Mediterranean. This is one of the issues at the top of the IMC’s agenda, after launching the public campaign “we are all Mediterranean”.
The Euro Region currently includes the Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees, and during the new mandate will keep working on sustainable territorial development and innovation, developing its external dimension as part of the emerging strategies for the Mediterranean. This last issue – concerning particularly sea basin and macro-regional strategies as addressed by Davide Strangis during his speech – will be a possible theme for cooperation between the Intermediterranean Commission and the Euro Region.
In the framework of specific projects for transnational cooperation, ASCAME and Med Cities are collaborating with the IMC. MedCities is also leading the process of setting up an interesting ARLEM-UfM project on urban development and capacity building in which the IMC is involved, and it has recently invited the IMC to participate in its General Assembly to be held in Dubrovnik next 10/11 of November.