Renewable energy brings water to all
More than a billion people in developing countries have no access to safe drinking water. Population growth, pollution and over-exploitation have all contributed to water scarcity. An EU-funded project is working on developing a solution: a simple, low-cost, user-friendly water purification system w...
A common legal space
The threats to which our societies are confronted do not stop at Europe’s borders: trafficking in human beings, stealing of personal data, money laundering, terrorism etc. are a menace to everyday life in many countries of the world. Both the Council of Europe and the European Union shar...
The jellification of the oceans
Growing numbers of jellyfish are turning up on Mediterranean beaches, which is a worry for bathers as it can ruin their swims. But it’s also a sign that our oceans are in very poor condition, which is why integrated surveillance, prevention and socio-economic impact assessment systems ne...
Migration: Towards a new start
Many migrants see Egypt as a transit country, so some of them wait around for any kind of departure to a new destination, possibly to the other end of the world. To manage migration flows better and to accompany the transition process in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, the EU has launched the ‘Start...
Fighting for women’s rights at university
Learning to safeguard equality in terms of rights and to advocate a cause or a draft law when addressing public decision-makers and officials. That is the aim of a training workshop entitled ‘Advocacy strategy and mobilisation of Tunisian civil society’ organised at the feminist universi...
'Fertigation' saves farmers while protecting nature
It's not easy to cope with an increased demand for agricultural products and reduced availability of natural resources: but small farmers in the Jordan Valley hope to see their life improve soon. An innovative irrigation technology promises to make a positive impact on their farming methods, whi...
A national database of addresses for more efficient justice
Justice suffers from delays in the execution of judgements handed out by the courts pretty well everywhere in the world, and Morocco is no exception. A pilot project, which could be expanded to all courts in Morocco, has been set up in Casablanca to facilitate the notification procedure. The idea ...
The biggest solar complex in Africa
With support from the European Union, the Moroccan Solar Energy Agency is busy setting up Morocco’s first energy complex. The Ouarzazate plant, which will cover an area of around 2,400 hectares and will be one of the biggest in the world when complete, will be located in a vast area of desert....
A school for children of war
Syrian children have suffered “the fastest and clearest educational decline” ever seen in the Middle East, announced the UN and several NGOs in a report published recently. Refugee children are faced with several difficulties related to lack of space, insecurity, poverty, community tensi...
EU and UNICEF: working together to give new hope to the children of Syria
The current crisis in Syria has severely disrupted children’s education. Nearly one in five schools remains destroyed, damaged, or used for shelters. The lack of a safe learning environment, coupled with internal displacement, insecurity and economic restriction, has left an estimated one mi...
A passport for exports
Creating and developing small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is a major economic challenge for the Algerian authorities. The process needs to be accompanied by mechanisms that help boost the capacities of SMEs and improve their competitiveness. This is very much the aim of the support programm...
Think web, write web, film web
More and more people are connected to two screens at the same time: people watch the TV whilst holding their laptop or tablet. ‘Transmedia’ is a new form of writing which consists of working on an artistic, fun or informative project while using several media together. By taking pa...
Lunch at the training restaurant
Thirty-two years ago, a group of parents of children with Down’s syndrome, doctors and people of goodwill founded the Moroccan Association for Support and Assistance to People with Down’s Syndrome (AMSAT). Their aim: to provide everyday support for families. Today, also thanks to the sup...
Wineries, arts and crafts and agro-tourism on the biblical hills of Israel
As the numbers employed in traditional agriculture steadily decline, Israel's Ministry of Agriculture has encouraged residents of agricultural communities to turn to alternative employment. Wineries and dairies, micro-breweries, rural bed and breakfast accommodation, and arts and crafts outlets are ...
Healing war scars at school
Over 165,000 Syrians have crossed into Jordan to escape the conflict since the beginning of 2013, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees registered or awaiting registration to more than 540,000. Half of them are children under 18 and many of them do not have access to education. Amid fears tha...
Starting a business? Yes I can
The percentage of women in the overall labour force in Palestine does not exceed 14%. But some young female students have a clear goal in life: to become successful businesswomen. In order to learn how to start a business, they need to be trained, informed, motivated. A journalist of the EU Neighbou...
Technology to take a stroll through history
Is it possible to visit a Roman amphitheatre as if you were right there hundreds of years ago? Not for the moment, but you will be able to soon. A European project financed by the CBC MED programme aims at using innovative multimedia technologies in the management of the cultural and natural heritag...
Don’t touch, stay safe
Despite the official end of the Libyan uprising, explosive remnants of war and small arms continue to pose a threat to the lives of the civilian population, particularly children. The European Union and UNICEF support Libya’s effort to raise awareness of the dangers and to keep children safe. ...
The debate culture takes root
What happens when two groups do not share the same opinion? They must learn, if unable to actually convince one another, then at least to listen. On the southern shores of the Mediterranean, one of the biggest challenges is to learn to live with difference. The “Young Arab Voices” projec...
I am a citizen, so I can have my say
Having gone on a series of training courses, they have elected an executive board, organised a number of activities, visited a hospice, organised a youth festival – ‘they’ are the Youth Advisory Board of the Eucalyptus district, in a suburb of Algiers. They have created a space for...
Stopping water leakages
In an effort to optimize water consumption and to minimize leakages in the Mediterranean region, the EU is deploying smart water meters as part of five pilot projects in Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Italy and Cyprus. These are being implemented within the framework of the Aquaknight initiative, which is ...
Learning (by doing) to become youth leaders and agents of positive change
They want to help their peers deal with unemployment, social justice, gender discrimination, the environment and to avoid negative political attitudes. These Jordanian youth workers are on the way to evolving into youth leaders. Their participation in a workshop organised by the Euro-Med Youth...
LibyaBlog, giving youth a voice
Professional and independent media can play a decisive role in the process aimed at restructuring democratic and civil society within a country. New social media is no exception. The European Union has decided to support the creation of a young, responsible and active Libyan blogosphere, where Libya...
Spreading colours over isolation
Armed with brushes, paints and spades, their chosen battlefields are schools across the West Bank. A group of young Palestinian and European volunteers are travelling by bus to the region’s rural areas, renovating schools and bringing with them a message of solidarity to isolated communities. ...
Turning olive oil waste into euros while protecting nature
It’s no secret that the Mediterranean region accounts for the overwhelming majority of the world’s olive oil production, in fact 97% of it. What is less well-known, however, is that for the estimated two million tons of olive oil produced annually, some nine million tons of waste is gene...
Hotels are going green too
The European project Shmile 2 aims to spread eco-labels to tourist accommodation services in the Mediterranean, particularly in six countries: Egypt, Italy, France, Jordan, Greece and Tunisia. Visit by our correspondent from the European Neighbourhood Info Centre to the only hotel in Alexandria to h...
Libya, showing a new face to the world
Under Muammar Gaddafi's regime, the state’s institutions and the country’s social fabric were ravaged. But Libyan civil society organisations have been quick in their actions to repair the democratic damage that has been wrought. So far, over 300 organisations have registered as civil so...
Children: ambassadors for sustainable energy
Being eco-friendly is a civic act: this is the message to emerge from the ‘energy days’ organised in Salé, the first town in Africa and the Arab world to have signed up to the Covenant of Mayors. An approach where local communities are heavily involved is at the centre of the fram...
Aladdin flies to the rescue of ancient theatres
An EU-supported project to protect and preserve ancient theatres in five Euro Med countries has turned to the magical world of Aladdin and his genie to inspire and educate children about coliseums and the value of cultural heritage. The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre sent along one of its journa...
Civil society leading the way towards democracy
Between June 2011 and June 2012 the EU donated nearly €6,500,000 towards supporting Tunisian civil society with the aim of securing a democratic transition and developing a human rights culture in the country. Our journalist met with bloggers, journalists and other major players in this t...