The MED programme

A transnational programme of European territorial cooperation.

It is financed by the European Union as an instrument of its regional policy and of its new programming period. It continues the tradition of the European programmes for cooperation (previously named Interreg).  It takes place within the objective «European territorial cooperation» of the period 2007-2013. With a budget of more than 250 billion euros, the programme covers the coastal and Mediterranean regions of nine EU Member States. The partnership is enlarged by the participation of Mediterranean countries witch are candidates or potential candidates to the European Union.
The Programme’s Main objectives is to Make the whole MED area a territory able to meet international concurrence in order to ensure growth and employment for the next generations (Lisbon strategy). Support territorial cohesion and actively intervene in favour of environmental protection within the framework of sustainable development (Goteborg strategy).

The MED Programme Axes are:

Innovation: creation and development of scientific and technological networks, and the enhancement of regional R&TD and innovation capacities, where these make a direct contribution to the balanced economic development of transnational areas (Priority Axis 1).

Environment: water management, energy efficiency, risk prevention and environmental protection activities with a clear transnational dimension (Priority Axis 2).

Accessibility: activities to improve access to and quality of transport and telecommunications services where these have a clear transnational dimension (Priority Axis 3).

Sustainable urban development: strengthening polycentric development at transnational, national and regional level, with a clear transnational impact (Priority Axis 4).

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