'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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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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