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 ...
Education as a tool to curb Jordan’s deadly domestic accidents
Sameera, who lives in the Sweileh neighbourhood in northwest Amman, lost her seven-year-old son after leaving him unsupervised near the stove. “I put the food on the stove and went to hang wet clothes and left my son to watch the food to make sure it didn’t burn. The next th...
Human rights and democracy - Fostering the next generation of Human Rights Leadership in Israel
"The benefits from volunteering are double. We contribute to the development of civic society and we develop ourselves. Our awareness is higher, we gain important experience, and at the same time our activity contributes to the growth of civil society." Nidaa, a student at the...
Montada promotes heritage value of Kairouan
Teaching people from Kairouan about Kairouan? This is what is planned for September 2010 in four schools of this city in central Tunisia. It is essentially a teaching and learning tool, which has been developed by the Montada project and will be made available to teachers in Kairou...
Femise Feature - National savings still not enough for true convergence
The financial crisis has cut growth in southern Mediterranean countries by two percentage points on average, claims Jean-Louis Reiffers, chairman of the scientific committee and coordinator of the Femise. This is far less than the slowdown in Europe, but the state of the region’s public fina...
Eurojar Feature - Egypt, biggest beneficiary of the Agadir Agreement
Free Trade Agreements between Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and Egypt increased trade exchange volume by 45% between 2007 and 2008. That being said, with 115% increase in its exports and 131% in its imports with its 3 partners, Egypt appears to have succeeded in achieving the best performance. Juli...
Eurojar Feature - Galileo and Egnos to promote safer transport
Syria hosted on April 8 a workshop on EU's Egnos and Galielo satellite navigation systems during which speakers from the European Commission presented the on-going EU activities that aim to extend the Egnos signal to Arab countries. Report. Noureddine El-Athar - Damascus, Al Hayat The Eurome...
Combating discrimination and violence against women
Gender equality and stopping violence against women are in the focus of the EU-funded “Enhancing Equality between Men and Women” programme (EGEP) that is assessing the situation in 9 Mediterranean partner countries. Stopping violence against women is a priority, team leader Judit...
The People behind the Projects - Interview with Richard Weber - NIF
Blending loans and grants to finance investments for the Neighbourhood The Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) is an innovative financial instrument of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), whose primary objective is to kick-start key infrastructure projects that require considerable...
The People behind the Projects - Interview with Frank Samol - CIUDAD
Local authorities – a bridge across the neighbourhood The Cooperation in Urban Development and Dialogue (CIUDAD) programme seeks primarily to promote cooperation and dialogue between local and regional authorities in the EU and ENPI partner countries. On the ground, CIUDAD aims to hel...
Eurojar Feature - The Phoenician heritage: a common Euro-Mediterranean asset
In the framework of the European programme “Euromed Heritage IV”, Mare Nostrum project works on linking cities developed by the Phoenicians. A paragon of the Mediterranean cooperation, this project aims at revitalizing the targeted areas and enhancing an antique relationship amon...
Eurojar Feature - Ecological administrative buildings in Egypt
Green and energy efficient technologies are traditionally tested in innovative residential buildings. Such projects seem however to be hardly fitting the public building stock. Yet, Egypt realized a pilot project of refurbishment including solar cooling of the South Sinai Governorate. Julien Th...
Eurojar Feature - FEMISE for a growing consensus on reforms
In order to facilitate the implementation of reforms, the European Union Delegation in Lebanon organized in 2007 with the help of FEMISE, or Euro-Mediterranean Forum of Institutes of Economic Sciences, four forums on several issues. Julien Théron - Beirut, Eurojar Originally, FEMI...
A bridge of knowledge across the Mediterranean
It’s a dream for many Syrian students, the dream of studying in Europe. On the other shore of the Mediterranean, there is another dream, that of sharing Europe’s higher education with its neighbours – a dream of intercultural dialogue among students, ultimately leading to a...
Breaking the wall of silence
Women in the occupied Palestinian territories have long lived in the shadow of their male relatives, often suffering untold abuse. Now, an EU-funded film project, ‘Masarat’, has given them a voice, shattering taboos in the most dramatic way. When local Tulkarem TV statio...
The People behind the Projects - Interview with Albert Bergonzo - Safemed II
Maritime security: reducing imbalances around a shared sea Around a shared sea, cooperation in maritime safety and security and the prevention of pollution assume crucial importance. Hence the Safemed project, a reflection of the EU’s concern to develop Euro-Mediterranean coope...
Sharing a good energy
Learning from each other’s experiences and mistakes is always a good thing, but when a project brings together national energy regulators, with the authority to implement changes on their own initiative, the value of such meetings takes on an added dimension. Since 2006, MEDREG has bee...
The People behind the Projects - Interview with Andreas Oberenzer - Hammamed project
Putting the hammam back at the heart of the community Once a centrepiece of the Islamic city, the hammam is at risk of dying out as a living public space. Hammamed, a €1.19 million three-year project under the EU-funded Euromed Heritage IV programme, is fighting to reverse the trend. In an int...
Eurojar Feature - Facing the energy challenge in Algeria’s rural areas
Algeria's housing program aimed at building 450,000 rural houses from 2005-2009 and beyond, in the rural areas all over the country, in order to keep rural populations in place. A pilot project is carried out in Souidania, where priority is given to local materials and alternative energy sources. ...
The People behind the Projects - Interview with Judith Neisse - Gender Equality programme
EU-funded Gender Equality Programme analyses women’s situation in the Mediterranean “Each government holds legal and political responsibility towards the principle of equality between all citizens: human rights are women’s rights too”, says Judith Neisse, the team ...
Eurojar Feature - Sun and wind are helping Jordan go Green
Jordan is a country of sun and wind. Yet, until recently, energy sources used were exclusively fossil energies, namely oil and gas. Today, Jordan is seeking to diversify its sources and is exploiting new channels. Amman, Eurojar All the way until the political changes on Iraqi regime in 2003, ...
EU-funded ‘Samir Kassir Award for Press Freedom’ improves journalists’ lives
Winning last year’s edition of the EU-sponsored ‘Samir Kassir Award for Press Freedom’ has improved the life of young Lebanese freelance journalist Carole Kerbage, as she told ANSA news agency. "With the prize money (12,500 Euros), I have improved my life. I've become ...
The People behind the Projects - Interview with Alessandro Ortis - MEDREG II
An energetic collaboration across the Mediterranean Bringing together countries that are energy producers, consumers and key transit links, MEDREG, the Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators for Electricity and Gas, plays a crucial role in preparing for the f...
Tracking the sun
In the middle of the Egyptian desert, more than 100,000 mirrors are tracking the sun across the sky to capture its energy. This vast site promises to open the door to renewable energy in the region and is an initiative that the European Union is watching closely. Two EU-funded projects, MED-EMIP a...
Eurojar Feature - RIWAQ to protect cultural heritage in Palestine
The European Union aims at protecting and developing architectural “common heritage” in Palestine by supporting RIWAQ, a Palestinian NGO, with 165,000 Euros on a period of three years. 50 villages are involved… Badi’a Zaidan - Ramallah, Eurojar The EU ha...
The People behind the Projects - Interview with Stéphanie Horel - EuroMed Training of Public Administration
Familiarising civil servants in Partner Countries with EU Affairs The EuroMed Training of Public Administration Programme’s mission is to reinforce the management capacity of the civil service in Mediterranean Partner Countries and train their civil servants on European affair...
Eurojar Feature - Tempus Lebanon: Higher Education better adapted to today’s challenges
With Tempus, the Trans-European Mobility Programme for University Studies, Lebanon integrated a wide range of joint projects. Since 2004, Tempus Lebanon is working on upgrading the level of students in conformity with current academic norms to facilitate their integration in the labor market. D...
Building for the future
Reducing energy consumption is a key objective in the battle against climate change. In Syria, the EU-funded MED-ENEC project has combined inspiration from the past with cutting-edge technologies in a visionary new housing project that promises huge energy savings to its residents....