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Save the date ! The situation of pollution of the Mediterranean Sea, especially by plastics, is very worrying: A webinar is organized on Monday, September 20, 2021

Dear Members, Dear Partners,

The situation of general pollution, and in particular plastic pollution, is very worrying in the Mediterranean. This sea is the cradle of civilisation, at the centre of an extraordinary environmental heritage, but unfortunately today it is one of the most polluted seas in the world.

Therefore, Euromed city network are privileged to announce the next webinar of the Euromed network cities, whose theme will be: “The Mediterranean, the most polluted sea in the world, focus on plastic pollution: challenges and financing solutions”.

The event will take place on Monday 28 September from 3 PM to 5 PM (French time). There will be translation into French, English and Arabic.

To participate, please fill in the form by clicking on the link below:

We hope to see many of you there and remain at your disposal for any further information.

Yours sincerely


The General Secretariat

Euromed Cities Network

The climate in the Mediterranean worries IPCC specialists

The experts of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) (1) are worried about climate change in all the countries around the Mediterranean.

Indeed, an IPCC report of June 2021 (2) already warned of the risks of heat waves, extreme heat and drought in the very near future.

Extreme heat is the greatest threat to the Mediterranean. Temperatures are expected to rise faster around the Mediterranean in the coming decades.

Up to 93 million more people could face heat waves on the northern shore of the Mediterranean.

Heat waves and droughts will increase, and with them fires.

This can already be seen in the numerous fires that have been raging since June 2021 in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Lebanon, the latter country facing a serious ecological crisis with its century-old cedar forests seriously affected, as well as an economic and humanitarian crisis.

In the Middle East and North Africa, the risk of elderly people dying from heat could increase three to 30 times by 2100.

We are all united in the future and we must act now because the danger is upon us.

The reasons for concern are rising sea levels, loss of land and marine biodiversity, forest fires and freshwater scarcity.

Moreover, in the latest IPCC report of 9 August 2021 (3), the situation in the Mediterranean will worsen with climate change. The latter is even more pessimistic than the former, while remaining unfortunately pragmatic and relying on proven scientific data, it adds:

He believes that “The Mediterranean region, which is currently experiencing unprecedented fires in Greece, Turkey and Lebanon, will be a ‘hot spot’ for global warming.

He confirms that temperatures are expected to rise faster around the Mediterranean than globally in the coming decades. This will have an impact on agriculture, fishing and tourism. Some regions could see their agricultural crops collapse by 64%. The area of burnt forest could double or triple, depending on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, he goes on to say that fires also degrade air quality in affected regions, such as Turkey and Greece. Heatwaves could also cause water shortages, coastal flooding and potentially deadly heat, affecting up to 93 million people by 2050.

This draft report also concludes that only if global warming is kept well below two degrees “would coastal settlements, cultural heritage sites, and terrestrial and marine ecosystems be maintained in a sustainable state in most areas of the Mediterranean basin.

We can see that there is an urgent need to undertake together policies of ecological transition, innovative and ambitious techniques to face this emergency situation.

The facts are there, the awareness is brutal but must commit us, for example, through Euro-Mediterranean cooperation to federate the partner countries and territories affected in order to have an even stronger cooperation and to set up together efficient and visionary projects to save our common sea.



Notes :

(1) The IPCC is an intergovernmental panel on climate change. It is an organisation that was set up in 1988 at the request of the G7 (group of seven richest countries: USA, Japan, Germany, France, Great Britain, Canada, Italy).

(2) and (3) Official IPCC website:

Renewed partnership with the southern neighbourhood – A new programme for the Mediterranean


At its 145th plenary session on 30 June and 1 July 2021, the European Committee of the Regions adopted its opinion on the new programme for the Mediterranean proposed by the European Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

This programme brings together all aspects of cooperation between the regions to ensure a union in the interests of peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

The Committee calls for the driving role of local and regional authorities to be promoted in a concrete and appropriate way, with the aim of contributing to territorial development that is as close as possible to citizens and their expectations, and as key players in sustainable development and active partners in the programming of European funds.

In concrete terms, the European Union, and more specifically the European Committee of the Regions, proposes and encourages the creation of forums, dialogues and exchanges at various levels between representatives of local, regional and national public authorities and civil society from European countries and those of the southern neighbourhood. This is to promote good governance and participation in decision-making processes.

Attached you will find the Euro-Mediterranean opinion and the recommendations of the European Committee of the Regions to make this partnership an effective and dynamic tool for developing ambitious, visionary and feasible projects in consultation with all its partners.

The feedback from the regions and local authorities will serve as a basis for discussion and reflection in order to be able to build concrete strategies on all the issues that arise in all areas, from agricultural land management and food security to the ecological and digital transition, including resilience and, of course, the major challenge of climate change, as well as many other points.

Hence the interest in exchanges and closer cooperation between the various partners, in order to guarantee the effectiveness and the strength of each partner’s proposals and to create a healthy and virtuous synergy for building concrete projects together.

An awareness of each other’s problems and the active cooperation of all actors at all levels will lead to fruitful exchanges and concrete results.

Opinion CoRMED 2021




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New webinar organised by the Euromed Cities Network on 12 July 2021: “For a green and resilient recovery of Mediterranean cities”

Following the introductory remarks of Agnès RAMPAL, Deputy Mayor of Nice in charge of Euro-Mediterranean relations, a rich and diversified panel of experts reminded us of the spearheads of an unprecedented Mediterranean revival based on a green and resilient transition, as well as presenting exemplary initiatives of Mediterranean cities.

At a time of unprecedented renewed growth, the crisis is finally acting as a triple accelerator of the ecological, digital and inclusive transition. Thanks to the examples of Morocco, Montenegro (city of Kotor) and Lebanon (municipality of Menjez), we discussed the decisive opportunity of recovery plans. They allow us either to rebuild our economic landscapes in a more sustainable approach or to prolong a pioneering dynamic present before the pandemic.

To do this, we must think of cities as the privileged area of our daily life and give priority, for example, to the problems of housing, urbanisation and green tourism, in favour of sustainable economic development. Cooperation between the State and the cities is thus a key factor in connecting public policies to the ground and, by extension, to sustainable economic success.

As engines of growth, our cities have a crucial role to play in economic recovery and in creating a green, resilient, prosperous and inclusive future.

Under the patronage of Agnès RAMPAL, Deputy Mayor of Nice in charge of Euro-Mediterranean relations, Sébastien VIANO, Secretary General of the Euromed Cities Network, moderated the exchanges between the panels of high-level experts:

– Fathallah SIJILMASSI, former Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean and former Moroccan ambassador to the European Union, then to France. Founding President of P2A.

– Blanca MORENO-DODSON, Manager of the Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) and Senior Economist at the World Bank; PhD in Economics and Finances.

– Jelena STJEPČEVIĆ, Head of International Cooperation Department – City of Kotor, Montenegro, representing its Mayor Vladimir JOVIC

– Georges YOUSSEF, Mayor of the Municipality of Menjez, Lebanon.

We thank once again all the participants and speakers for this rich and enlightening exchange.

You will find below various links to access the replay, the speakers, the presentations, the replay and the report.





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Euromed Cities team



 On Thursday 17 June 2021, the Efficient Buildings Community closed its Digital Days. The event was held online across two weeks, between 7 and 17 June, and it was composed of three “policy sessions” and six “capacity building workshops”. The Digital Days received quite a bit of attention from the audience from around the Mediterranean shores and neighboring countries. All in all, more than 200 people registered to the different sessions, with an average registration rate of 120 per individual session.

The Policy Sessions

The first policy session opened the series with a lively debate on the future role of the building sector in the post-covid recovery.

After the welcome from both the Efficient Buildings Community and the European Commission, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister for the Environment and Climate Action of Portugal, gave a speech on the strategic dimension of decarbonization in Europe, from the privileged perspective of the Portuguese presidency of the European Council. Two debates followed: the first one about the local and transnational perspective of the energy transition pathway outlined by the Minister; the second one about post-covid recovery with contributions and insights from municipalities, regions and parliaments from different Mediterranean Member States.

On the 8th of June, the second policy session focused on the financial aspect of the recovery.

An unprecedented amount of resources is made available from the public sector, but this calls for an unprecedented responsibility. As reminded by Mariangiola Fabbri, from the BPIE, the transformation of the building sector requires long-term perspectives that shall be matched with the urgency of the recovery. The following panel highlighted the importance of the local contracting authorities (whose involvement was limited in the development of the national recovery plans) for the implementation of the recovery plans. The final panel opened a lively debate on the need for private finance and on the role of the public sector in stimulating its involvement, from technical assistances to subsidies and from standardization to public-private partnerships.


The third policy session, held on the 9th of June, was devoted to the relationship between the Northern, Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

Grammenos Mastrojeni, Senior Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, opened the session reminding the transboundary environmental risks across the Mediterranean and the need for coordinated actions and knowledge sharing. Then, representatives from local authorities from the Northern, Southern and Eastern shores presented their activities in the framework of the Efficient Buildings City Partnership. Finally, during the session the Efficient Buildings Community and the EU-funded meetMED project virtually signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to create synergies and increase knowledge-sharing around the Mediterranean.


The Capacity Building Workshops

To put the sharing of knowledge into practice, the Efficient Buildings Community organized a series of six Capacity Building Workshops, to showcase the digital solutions developed by the Community.

The first workshop (7 June) presented the integrated tools for the development of Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan within the Covenant of Mayor.

The second one (8 June) trained participants on STEPPING Simulation Tool and its guidelines for energy performance contracting.

The third workshop (9 June) was dedicated to IMPULSE Tool for the prioritization of building renovation and to its management system for the development of renovation strategies.

During the second week, the Community organized a fourth workshop (15 June) on PrioritEE Toolbox, for the prioritization of energy efficiency measures, a fifth workshop (16 June) on SISMA SET, a tool to calculate the amount of subsides needed to make a project bankable; and a sixth and final workshop (17 June) on TEESCHOOLS webtool and EduFootprint calculator to support school building owners in planning refurbishment measures.

In the end, the Efficient Buildings Digital Days shed a light on three relevant political topics and offered practical solutions and concrete examples of how the Mediterranean local authorities can contribute to the common objectives of the policies in these fields. The nine sessions raised the interest of people from around the Mediterranean basin: a first movement to start the Mediterranean renovation wave of the energy efficiency of public buildings.


To catch up, the recordings of the sessions are available on the Efficient Buildings’ website :


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Honoring the city of Kotor (Montenegro) and its Mayor Vladimir Jokić

Kotor became a member of the Euromed Network of Cities at the General Assembly  held in the city of Nice in November 2016, in line with its continuous effort to improve the quality of life of it citizens, continue the communication with EU bodies as well as numerous activities within international organizations that promote the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.

At this ancient city,  a unique cultural heritage has been created, receiving the influences of the Mediterranean, West and partly East. In the past 16 centuries, Kotor has had an uninterrupted continuity of the city which during that period had maintained the characteristics of a political, religious, economic, trade, educational, healthcare and maritime center. Furthermore, Kotor is among the leading Montenegrin municipalities in the field of international cooperation and EU integration being a member of international associations of cities based on UNESCO principles of development for locations of universal value, multi-ethnic principles of spreading the culture of peace and integrative principles of the EU. In this context, Kotor has been one of the first and most successful Montenegrin municipalites and a reliable partner in the field of implementation of European transnational projects. It has a regular communication with EU bodies and international organizations. Aware of the benefits of macro-regional cooperation we are welcoming the possibility of promoting it at the level of the Mediterranean.

Cooperation of Kotor with other coastal cities such as Dubrovnik, as well as the possibility of cooperation with other Mediterranean cities in order to create conditions for continuous sustainable tourism, is something that Kotor will strive for in the future. This cooperation should also include the areas of culture, entrepreneurship and education in terms of targeted exchange and webinars in these areas but also in the field of transport infrastructure and maritime development, particularly the use of ports for tourism and passenger tourism, in order to exchange experiences and examples of good practices among Mediterranean cities, sharing the similar challenges.

Within Euromed Cities Network, Kotor is open for developing the cooperation within bilateral and multilateral cooperation projects, in accordance with the priorities of cooperation of the new era that this network has entered, including smart and green cities, climate and security risks, culture and heritage. As a World Heritage City and one of the places on the planet Earth with universal values that belong to all mankind, Kotor is also open to partnerships and exchange of experiences in the areas of waste management, cultural heritage management and sustainable mobility in port cities.

Preventing or reducing the environmental damage and achieving sustainable use of the marine environment remains a major challenge for the Mediterranean.Cruise tourism, particularly in the pre-Covid era was developing very fast, within which the large Mediterranean ports welcomed each year more than a million tourists individually. Infrastructure, tourism and entertainment are interrelated and were developing on very densely populated and built coast. In my opinion, the first and basic fact that we must keep in mind is that Kotor and similar cities in fact need cruising tourism. In other words, if we have a port, we also need ships in that port so that it would, in the true sense of the word, be a port. On the other hand, we also have to control the number of ships and the way they arrive in Kotor, which is the fact the wider public agrees on. Last but not least, it is necessary to position our city in a way that Kotor is presented as a destination that is in fact prestigious. Besides Venice and Dubrovnik, Kotor should be the third prestigious cruising destination on the Adriatic coast, and we should say that ‘sometimes less is more’ and find the right measure in everything. While our city certainly has a need for cruising it also has to balance its way from preserving its universal natural and historical heritage to the sustainable development and here lies a big space for dialogue and exchange of experiences between similar cities along the coast.

Having this in mind, there is also a need for an integrated approach to the maritime economy at the entire Mediterranean. It is said for a reason that the seas and oceans are the drivers of the economy and they certainly have great potential for innovation and development. However, a better understanding of the environmental pressures created by human activity is needed as well as the establishment and implementation of measures with the aim of mitigating them. It is highly important to provide an integrated approach at different levels with multiple actors for the undertaken activities to be relevant followed by the initiatives that  involve different stakeholders and it leaves room for cooperation among the Mediterranean cities.

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Here we go : the CoPAM association is created !

The general assembly of the association Co-Develop World Heritage in the Mediterraneanm, of which the City of Nice is a founding member by virtue of a deliberation of January 29, 2021, was held in dematerialized version of course, Covid obliges, on April 26. 2021.

This event is the culmination of long-term work driven by the unwavering will of its founding members who are passionate about heritage. Thus was born the first institution aiming to accelerate the economic development of Mediterranean territories on a sustainable and inclusive model, by promoting world heritage!

This institution, unprecedented in that it brings together experienced local and national authorities, public and private, the civil society of the Mediterranean rim is in line with France’s Mediterranean strategy which took on a new dimension with the Summit of deux rives (S2R) on June 23 and 24, 2019 in Marseille. The ambition of President Emmanuel Macron was to relaunch the dynamic of cooperation, mainly in the western Mediterranean, through the implementation of concrete projects in favor of human, economic and sustainable development in the region.

The S2R has fully involved civil society in defining a new positive agenda for the Mediterranean. Young people, economic, social, scientific and cultural actors worked together to bring out concrete initiatives for the region. 14 projects were presented to the ministers, including that of CoPAM on the theme “Culture media, tourism”. It was on this occasion that the CoPAM project received government support.

In view of the strategic interest represented by this new institution, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs insisted on being one of the founding members. The quality of its representative, Karim AMELLAL, Interministerial Ambassador for the Mediterranean, appointed by the President of the Republic in July 2020, underlines the importance he attaches to this international cooperation.

Click on the link below to find the CoPAM founding members :

CoPAM founding members

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Feedback on the seminar “A renewed partnership with the southern neighborhood – A new program for the Mediterranean”

On Tuesday 20 April 2021, the Euromed Cities Network on the joint communication of the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy organized a seminar on “A renewed partnership with the southern neighborhood – A new program for the Mediterranean ”.

This first seminar in a long series led by Sébastien VIANO, the new Ambassador of the Network, brought together more than 60 participants!

The introductory remarks were made by Agnès Rampal. Our elected representative recalled, among other things, the importance of the network, as a formidable tool for territorial diplomacy and a project accelerator at the service of cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

The panel of experts made up of Jérôme CASSIERS, Ilektra TSAKALIDOU and Vincent ERNOUX provided necessary and experienced insight on a subject that is significant for our territories.

Click on the links below to find the presentations:

Presentation of Jérôme CASSIERS and Ilektra TSAKALIDOU

Presentation of Vincent ERNOUX

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The Mediterranean strategy 2021-2027 has been adopted !

Friday April 9 at the Metropolitan Council chaired by Christian Estrosi, the Mediterranean strategy 2021-2027 was adopted.

The current context linked in particular to the health crisis with which we are all still confronted, requires all the more to strengthen our links, to exchange our experiences, our good practices and above all, to seize all the opportunities to strengthen an innovative territorial development. , inclusive and sustainable. Based on this observation, the Euromed Cities Network is entering a new era and is proposing from 2021 to orient an ambitious strategy around three major axes: (1) Green, intelligent and attractive city; (2) Climatic, health and safety risks: (3) Culture, memories and youth.

Mediterranean Strategy 2021-2027

First report on internationalization of tertiary students in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region

The Middle East North Africa (MENA) region today faces several social, political and economic challenges, including political instability and high levels of youth unemployment and exclusion. Young people may have to make difficult choices, as they often leave the world of education without having acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing labor market.

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