The CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) took part in a Master Class focused on the key themes of ‘territorial diplomacy and innovation’ in Barcelona on 31 January – 01 February.

Co-organised by the Institut Catholique de la Méditerranée (ICM) from Marseille and the Institut d’Études Catalanes (IEC) from Barcelona, the event was supported by the IMC, AVITEM, the CNFPT, MOT, CCR and la Région Sud.

The 7th edition of the Master Class brought together around 100 students from different Master’s courses, along with professors and experts covering territorial cooperation, to discuss the key themes and theoretical presentations prepared throughout the year.

As part of the Master Class, the IMC coordinated a working group which brought together around 20 students from four Master’s courses to reflect on issues such as public engagement and awareness of citizens within cooperation programmes such as Interreg Med.

The students outlined among other the importance of providing more funds for the restitution of the cooperation project results to citizens, and of involving them in the definition of projects.

The round table discussion also discussed the theme of ‘Territorial innovation and territorial diplomacy’, looking at the  evolution of local models and Nation States and perspectives from the Mediterranean.

Insight was provided by the IMC Executive Secretary, Davide Strangis, along with representatives from the likes of AVITEM and the Tuscany Region. This highlighted the evolution of Mediterranean cooperation and the important role of regions and existing organisations in facing common challenges.

Daniel Schlosser, Counselor at the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs also presented the latest Mediterranean initiative, the ‘Summit of the two shores of the Mediterranean’, launched by the French Government to strengthen links between the two shores of the Mediterranean.

The organisers announced the 8th edition of the Master Class as part of the new initiative, to be held on 28-30 January 2020, in Marseille.