European cooperation projects took pride of place during the 47th CPMR General Assembly, which took place in Palermo, Sicily, on 17-18 October 2019, where a big stand dedicated to cooperation projects involving the CPMR and its members regions, located in front of the plenary room, was set.
The stand was the occasion to promote all the projects in which the CPMR and some of its members are currently involved. CPMR members had the opportunity to learn more about the concrete actions of the projects, exchange project ideas and share experience, and test their knowledge on those projects as well as on a variety of topics, i.e. marine litter, maritime industries, sustainable tourism and Energy Renovation in public buildings.
Several project officers (from CPMR staff or member regions staff) were there to interact with participants and present the main outcomes of some projects, in particular:
- CLIPPER (2017-2021), which is an Interreg Europe project focusing on regions’ policies in support of SMEs working in Maritime Industries, which is implementing new ways of supporting SMEs to improve their quality upgrading, manufacturing performance, capacity to access to capital, and leadership in new markets such as marine renewable energies.
- CO-EVOLVE (2016-2019), a 3-year Interreg Mediterranean project, that aimed at analysing and promoting the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems in touristic coastal areas by assessing and improving tourism sustainability and by developing strategic planning. A lot has been done to ensure the sustainability of the project and its extension to other territories, especially through MedCoast4BG, a project labelled by the Union f or the Mediterranean that intends to extend CO-EVOLVE’s methodology beyond the project’s geographical scope, in particular in southern and eastern Mediterranean.
- CleanAtlantic (2017-2020), a 3-year Interreg Atlantic Area project that seeks to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Atlantic Area by improving capabilities to monitor, prevent and remove (macro) marine litter. The project was presented by Cees Loggen, Regional Minister of Noord Holland Province and Vice-President of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), at the G7 Environment Ministers’ meeting on plastic pollution in the oceans, on 5 May in Metz, France.
- MITOMED+ (2017-2020) a 3-year Interreg Mediterranean project, that developed a common Maritime and Coastal Tourism Management Model to guarantee a new path to maritime and coastal tourism, more respectful of the environment and more responsible, for Mediterranean territories.
On this occasion, the CPMR EU projects Catalogue, which gathers information about all the EU cooperation projects in which the CPMR and/or its member Regions are involved, was released.
Finally, members were invited to answer a quiz to test their knowledge on CPMR Projects. 3 participants received awards.
It is to note that the CPMR has been participating in EU projects since the set-up of European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), as part of Cohesion Policy, in 1990 which was – and is today – very high on its agenda. Its participation in EU programmes and projects has been diversifying as a consequence of the emergence of new programmes, opportunities, member needs and arising policy priorities.
Beyond the benefit at policy and technical level, so far, the CPMR has been involved as participating partner in 64 projects worth overall €40 million for the involved consortia (including many CPMR member regions and territorial stakeholders), of which €11 million were allocated to the CPMR. Over the past few years, the participation of the CPMR in EU cooperation projects has increased significantly. To date, the CPMR is simultaneously involved as full partner in 19 cooperation projects from different programmes including Interreg (Interreg Atlantic Area, Interreg MED, Interreg Europe), DG REGIO grants, H2020, AMIF, Europeaid, Erasmus+ and the EMFF.
For more information about CPMR’s cooperation projects, visit our dedicated webpage or contact CPMR’s Senior EU Programmes Officer, Emmanuel Maniscalco (firstname.lastname@example.org).