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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....
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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. ...
The new trade routes of old natural soap
Cosmetics were chosen because of their great potential for market expansion: olive oil soap and other ointments from the East and the South are now within closer reach of European consumers. The Med Cosmetic project – completed in 2011 and part of the EU supported Invest In Med programme &ndas...
I learned to be a fully-fledged citizen
Youth attending the Youth Development Centre (YDC), barely aged 30 or a bit less, aspire to become ‘citizens at home’. They take refuge in the development field and the informal education methods which have been acquired through the European programme EUROMED Youth among others. ...
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 ...
‘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...
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. http://ec.europa.eu/euro...
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 ...
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...
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 - 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...
Collecting reliable statistics vital for the Euro-Med Partnership
EU-funded MEDSTAT II programme highlights its work and achievements through videos and interviews with the people on the ground Strengthening the capacity of the Mediterranean Partner Countries to collect updated, timely and relevant statistics, that ensure reliability and coherenc...
Euro-Mediterranean area full of business success stories
Entrepreneurs are leading the way in bringing the northern and southern rims of the Mediterranean closer together, a collection of business success stories shows. The collection was compiled by the European Investment Bank (EIB), European Commission and ANIMA Investment Network and will be presented...
Euromed Quality programme
The Euromed Quality programme is financed by the European Commission and implemented by CEN, the European Committee for Standardization. To read more click here ...
New experiences for Jordan Youth
Thousands of youth from all shores of the Mediterranean and Europe have gathered under the umbrella of the Euro-Med Youth Programme and the Salto Euromed Resource Centre. Through youth exchanges, training courses, seminars and voluntary service they burrowed into different topics and issues affectin...
Preparing tomorrow's olive oil!
Innovation and daring, these are what the Medibtikar programme, developed by the European Union, wants to use to improve the quality of Tunisian olive oil. The outcome will be better adaptation to current and future international standards in this field, and an increase in sales that could be as hig...
EU connecting Arab and European Gas Markets
A project that helps develop energy, boost the economy and creates regional links. In Syria there are three priority areas: infrastructure, regulatory framework and transfer of knowledge and skills. By All4Syria.org ...
Immigrant children at night
Small groups of children, aged 12-18, wandering in the streets, sitting on park benches. Their parents are immigrants. They themselves arrived in Israel at a young age, but still feel alienated from their environment. Not only is the weather different than it was in the Former Soviet Union, but the ...
Hydraulic challenges and European partnership
7000 hectares of cultivated fields surrounding Moroccan towns are irrigated with untreated waste water and out of 72 waste water treatment stations in the country, only half are actually operational. This situation was disclosed thanks to MEDAWARE, one of the five projects benefiting Morocco under t...
The future is smart
Medibtikar encourages Euro-Med cooperation in high-tech sector: one long-standing ambition of the Egyptian Government was to create a high-tech environment that would welcome the most prominent international companies. The vision has now become reality through the Smart Village, just north of Cairo,...
Attracting European Investment to the Mediterranean
The EuroMed Partnership promotes closer economic cooperation between the countries of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean and the European Union. Key priorities are the development of enterprise, competitiveness and innovation, as well as the facilitation of trade in industrial products. ...
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