cooperationdaysOver the last decades, the Mediterranean basin has increasingly become a complex socio-economic, political and institutional area spanning several geographical spaces and entities including EU Member countries, pre-accession and candidate countries, countries belonging to the southern neighbourhood policy, Euro-Mediterranean and multilateral institutions, as well as different sets of sub-national, economic and civil society actors.

It appears crucial to strengthen multi-level and territorial cooperation between the Mediterranean rims, in order to reinforce the assets the area naturally benefits from, while reducing and solving the common issues and challenges it has been faced with over time.

The forthcoming global agenda post-2015, the European agenda for the 2014-2020 programming period, the election of the new Parliament, the reorganisation of the European Commission, and the Italian Presidency of the EU Council, as well as the increased involvement of Local and Regional Authorities (LRAs) and stakeholders in EU cooperation (European Territorial and Decentralised cooperation) is a great opportunity to underline the urgent need to consider, develop, and integrate the Mediterranean as a priority area of action.

In this context, the Lazio Region, the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission and PLATFORMA are organising the Mediterranean Cooperation Days, on 10-11 November in Rome, with the key collaboration and contribution of the EU Med programme projects COASTGAP and COM&CAP MarInA-Med.

The seminar will gather a wide range of Mediterranean key stakeholders: political and technical representatives of the EU and Euromed institutions, the local and regional authorities and their networks, EU and ETC programmes, universities and research centres from the area, among others. It will encourage discussions on a shared vision for cooperation in the Mediterranean focusing on “How to achieve sustainable development in the Mediterranean beyond 2015, “Towards Macro-Regional and Sea Basin Strategies in the Mediterranean” and also “Towards the framework conditions for the Climate change adaptation in coastal areas and the Blue Growth in the Mediterranean”.