CLEANER ENERGY SAVING MEDITERRANEAN CITIES
The CES-MED project has been granted with eighteen-month extension
The European Commission has granted an eighteen-month extension for the CES-MED project as of January 2016. Our team of experts will thus continue delivering technical assistance to affiliated authorities, municipalities and cities the project up till mid 2O17.
The Project's key activities and deliverables in the extension phase include: The preparation of SEAPs for Jordan and potentially Egypt; the consolidation of the role of the National Coordination Group and the SEAP Support Mechanism in each country; the provision of help desk and updating of tool-kits and manuals; conducting tailored trainings to municipalities interested in preparing SEAPs, as well as Training of Trainers; undertaking pilot information and awareness-raising activities and events; and the publication of country specific newsletters.
Moreover, CES-MED will take concrete steps to facilitate the funding of priority projects, selected from those prescribed in the 18 SEAPs already prepared in the first phase, and through this, help define best future financing schemes.
CES-MED team greatly values the contributions of focal points, national authorities, cities’ staff and many other stakeholders and looks forward to continue working with all of them, asserting that progress could only be achieved with their partaking and dedicated involvement.
The prospects of more advancement are very high, with the potential of more collaboration with European institutions, cities and funding agencies, who are offering their support towards the sustainability of CES-MED results, hopefully we'll beyond 2017.
More information on the achievements of the Project is available here.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION :
Contract No: ENPI 2012/309-311
CES-MED is a programme financed by the European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument (ENPI), which is the main financial mechanism through which assistance is given to the European Neighbourhood Policy countries. ENPI has been operational since 1 January 2007 and is the main source of financing for the 17 partner countries (ten Mediterranean and six East European countries, plus Russia). Relations and goals in the before mentioned regions are further advanced through the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), which has replaced the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), so that it reflects real needs and considerations that have emerged over the years. The Regulation setting up the ENI underlines that it should give support to the implementation of the political initiatives shaping the ENP, including the Eastern Partnership and the Union for the Mediterranean.
The duration of CES-MED was initially set at three years, at the end of which the European Commission has granted a further eighteen months’ extension for the Project as of January 2016.
Urban development and sustainable energy challenges in the Southern Mediterranean countries:
Today, about 460 million people live in countries in the Mediterranean region. Of these, two-thirds live in urban areas concentrated in coastal zones. The southern Mediterranean countries account for over 30% of the region’s population and this percentage is continuously increasing. Most cities in the southern Mediterranean region face similar challenges related to urban development, energy supply, and environmental management, particularly with regards to water and waste management. Needs in areas of urban management are particularly significant: e.g. transport systems, water and waste infrastructure, clean energy and energy saving.
Hence, over the coming years, needs related to urban development and sustainable energy are expected to increase sharply in view of growing population and limited sustainable planning and management capacities.
CES-MED PROJECT IN BRIEF
- Phase 1 - 36 months, January 2013 until December 2015
- Phase 2 (after extension) - 18 months, January 2016 until July 2017
- Beneficiaries: Selected Local Authorities (cities, municipalities, governorates, wilayas, etc.) in the ten Countries covered by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument - South (ENPI South): Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria* and Tunisia.
- Offices: Two regional offices in Rabat and Beirut to support project implementation in Maghreb and Mashreq.
* At the time this publication was prepared, EU cooperation with Syria was suspended due to the political situation in the country.