Struggling for life
The lucky ones, whose lives have been spared, face an uncertain future in squalid camps, abandoned ports and factories. As the political situation seems to be moving towards a solution, people in the field still struggle to make it through, especially vulnerable sub-Saharan African migrants and inte...
“I have learned to tame fire”
They have learned to deal with fire extinguishing and first aid, earthquake evacuations and drowning accidents: Over 11,000 Palestinian students from 577 schools have attended an EU-supported Civil Protection Training programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
In cases of eme...
Powerful ‘troika’ in support of systemic changes - Interview with Jorge De La Caballería
The People Behind the Projects
Since the launch of the ENP, the EU has been supporting its neighbouring countries in their drive to carry out profound systemic reforms. In particular, a tool-kit of three powerful instruments was developed to help them build modern and competent public administratio...
And business men joined the ‘green cause’…
Awareness is low, poverty is on the rise. Other problems are considered more urgent. But waste management is finding its way up on political agendas everywhere in the world, including in conflict-torn regions. In many of the Arab towns in Galilee and Palestinian urban areas of the West Bank, environ...
A computer network for the scientific community
Nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, and radiology: the usage potential of the computation grid for Eumedgrid scientific research – and of the Moroccan interface MaGrid – is immeasurable. Thanks to this network, Moroccan scientists are connected to all the education and research...
The people behind the Projects - Interview with Andrea Amato - Civil Society Regional Programme
Civil society in the Southern Mediterranean - an engine for change
Civil society has been at the forefront of the “Arab Spring”, all along the southern shores of the Mediterranean. For years Europe has been attempting to strengthen the institutional capacity of civil socie...
Embroidery, painting, and computer science: overcoming social exclusion for a better life
For three years, Handicap International Algeria and the Algerian Federation of Disabled Persons have implemented an EU-funded inclusive local development programme as ‘a solution to fight against the social exclusion of the disabled’. Eighteen associations have participated in this progr...
Disaster prevention for an improved response
As a pioneer in the field of prevention, Algeria will share, along with the other Mediterranean countries, its experience of a “tour to raise awareness” within the framework of the “Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters”...
Listening to what the young have to say
EU Youth programmes build bridges over the Mediterranean. Raed Ghareeb, from Amman, Jordan, became an instructor in conflict resolution after joining a Euro- Med Programme, and today he has established an NGO focusing on youth needs. Every year, thousands of young people from both shores of ...
In search of Medieval Petra
Linking the rose city to the crusaders’ fortress, promoting the development of a marginal community, turning around the fortunes of Southern Jordan’s forgotten area: a multi-pronged EU-funded project, "Liaisons for growth", is underway to put the town of Shobak and its c...
A research and education network to tackle the oldest affliction
Hichem used to be an epileptic, working as a blacksmith. To start with, he tried to conceal his illness from his employer. He took medication for over ten years until the day it stopped having any effect.
This is the story of a young Tunisian who was able to banish the condition on...
‘Made in Agadir Zone’: what hope for ambitious vision of the future?
‘Made in Agadir Zone’: is this a dream, or just an ambitious target for the future of the Agadir trade agreement, the pact designed to build a Euro-Med free trade area? “We would like one day to see products made in Agadir Zone, using accumulation of origin rules from industries in...
Water, a link to the Mediterranean identity
Water heritage in the Mediterranean region reflects the way rural and urban populations coped with the scarcity of water, and how they organised local structures around water management. Today, most of this heritage is unprotected, and recent developments, both societal and economic, threaten its su...
EuropeAid Feature - Supporting the modernisation of higher education in Syria
In the process of opening its economy, Syria needs a greater number of graduates to further develop specific economic sectors. Only a competitive higher education system can meet this demand. The current highly centralised system faces the challenge of developing relevant programmes and curricula ...
EuropeAid Feature - Erasmus scholarships for Syrian students
Studying abroad, especially in Europe, might seem expensive and complicated for Syrian students. Many of them wish to go to Europe to complete their studies and then come back to work in Syria. Financial and other barriers could set hurdles to such opportunities. EMP JOSYLEEN (Erasmus Mundus Partn...
EuropeAid Feature - Developing energy, boosting the economy and linking the region
In order to ensure security of energy supply by developing natural gas resources, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria - with Turkey and Iraq as observers - are in the process of integrating their regional gas markets. This entails both legislative and regulatory harmonisation, along with the dev...
EuropeAid Feature - Euro-Med Youth Programme in Syria: Building bridges across the Mediterranean
On both sides of the Mediterranean people often have false visions and ideas of the other which can lead to misunderstandings and tensions. Cultures, languages and religions sometimes divide people, but they can also be used to inspire tolerance and respect.
EuropeAid Feature - Rediscovering together the water heritage in the Mediterranean region (REMEE): When memories of water become heritage
In the Mediterranean region, water heritage such as canals, wells, aqueducts, fountains or Turkish baths represent the way rural and urban populations coped with the scarcity of water and how they organised local structures around water management in the past. Today many key ancient key sites are ...
EuropeAid Feature - Building the Mediterranean Motorways of the Sea (MoS) - The sea: no longer an obstacle but the engine of trade
Efficient transport links between the EU and its 10 Mediterranean partners, and among the Mediterranean partners themselves, are crucial for the development of trade and economic flows.
The EU has developed a number of support activities in the transport sector. These activities include s...
EuropeAid Feature - Masarat - A journey through Palestinian women's lives
Countries of the Euro Mediterranean area face common problems in terms of gender equality, such as stereotypes of the role of women or domestic violence. Media as a key source of information plays a strategic role in influencing societies and promoting efforts to fight gender stereotypes.
EuropeAid Feature - Energy efficiency in the construction sector in the Mediterranean
Reducing energy consumption is a key objective in the battle against climate change. Best practices in energy efficiency construction must therefore be established. Strengthening business services and supporting markets, improving institutional capacities and establishing favourable institutional ...
EuropeAid Feature - Support to the implementation of the Arab-Mediterranean Free Trade Agreement
The Agadir Agreement was signed in Rabat, Morocco on 25 February 2004 to establish a free trade area between Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco. As economic integration was the starting point of the EU, this experience is now transferred to Arab Mediterranean countries. The creation ...
Roads of hope
Not so long ago, the mountains hemming in Tislit meant that the village’s inhabitants had almost no access to medical centres. Today, its population has access to services and their economic productivity can grow. “During the winter this road is barely usable. Taxis refuse ...
EuropeAid Feature - Education Enhancement Programme in Egypt
The Government of Egypt still faces several deficiencies in terms of achieving universal primary education. Over the last few years, Egypt has increased its resources for education but only to a limited extent. In some governorates low enrolment of girls, low student performance and lack of human ...
EuropeAid Feature - Improving the economic and social conditions of low-income groups in Lebanon
The Economic and Social Fund of Development project addresses the economic and social problems in Lebanon engendered by 15 years of civil conflict, 22 years of Israeli occupation and ongoing regional tensions. In partnership with the EC, this programme aims at cushioning the impact of trade libera...
Sharing experience to bring equal opportunities
You could have cut the air with a knife in the Tel Aviv Labour Court in September 2009. Abdelkarim Kadi stood nervously before the judge, who slowly began to read the verdict. In the lawsuit of Kadi against Israel Railways on the basis of discrimination… the state found the Railways at fault....
The People behind the Projects - Interview with Bodil Persson - Cross-Border Cooperation
Working across borders to bring people together
Cross-Border Cooperation under the ENP (called ENPI CBC) is a whole family of programmes, whose main objective should be seen in the context of the EU’s big enlargement in 2004 and 2007, explains Head of CBC Sector at the European Commis...
A pioneering scheme that transformed the medina
It has become a reflex action for the inhabitants of this charming ancient medina in the Tunisian city of Mahdia. Each evening, for around ten years now, they have got into the regular habit of disposing of their household waste by leaving it outside their homes in bags which are then collec...
The People behind the Projects - Interview with Michael Scoullos - Horizon 2020
Battling to beat pollution in the Mediterranean Sea
The Mediterranean environment is one of the richest and at the same time most vulnerable in the world. A staggering 80% of its pollution comes from land based sources. Rapid urbanisation together with increasing and unsustainable coa...
A new vision for cargo freight
Imagine you could take container traffic off the roads and put it onto boats and railways… imagine if you could transform customs bureaucracy to achieve the paperless port… This is what the EU-funded EuroMed Transport Motorways of the Sea project is doing through two pilot projects in ...