Category: Partners

Polytech Nice Sophia

polytechPolytech Nice Sophia is the public engineering graduate school of the University Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS), member of the University Côte d’Azur (UCA) and is established on campus SophiaTech in the heart of Sophia Antipolis, the first European technology park. The school aims to transmit strong scientific and technical skills, a consistent vision of the company and facilitate the professional integration of students in a multidisciplinary and international atmosphere.

Polytech Nice Sophia belongs to the group of Polytech schools which brings together 14 university polytechnic schools and which is the first group of engineering schools in France by its number of students and graduates. Fully integrated within the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Polytech Nice Sophia’s missions include:

  • initial, part time or apprenticeship training for engineers that integrates scientific, technical, economic and social dimensions within international context;
  • a preparatory first cycle;
  • continuing education actions;
  • support for technological industrial development;
  • research training;
  • scientific and technological research, promoted within the framework of the policies and structures implemented by University Nice Sophia Antipolis;
  • dissemination of scientific and technical culture;
  • the development of relations with companies, particularly with the aim of promoting the professional integration of students,
  • participation in international cooperation, with the aim, in particular, of fostering student exchanges and the development of engineering courses.

Polytech Nice Sophia welcomes 1500 engineering students each year in 7 engineering courses and 5 Master’s courses. The school welcomes over 30% of international students from over 45 different nationalities. Six teaching departments implement the different training courses: building, electronics, computer science, biological engineering, water engineering and applied mathematics. All courses are developed in synergy with the French, European and international companies to ensure optimal professional integration for all graduates. In general, the training provided is largely based on technological innovation and entrepreneurship. All students achieve an international mobility and three internships during their training. Polytech Nice Sophia is a partner of more than 120 international training institutions and more than 950 European companies.

Polytech Nice Sophia also has the mission to develop academic research and partnership, and to train engineers with a high level of scientific and technological knowledge. To do this, the school relies on 10 labellized laboratories and three doctoral schools. Polytech Nice Sophia welcomes a hundred PhD students who are involved in topics and research projects organized around the development of information and communication technologies:

  • Ubiquitous systems and networks (communication, computing and ubiquitous software);
  • Computational health and biology;
  • Modeling, simulation and technologies for Energy, Water and Sustainable Development;
  • Intelligent buildings (sensor network, energy optimization).

Most of these projects are developed under national (ANR), European (H2020) and bilateral international cooperation programs.

The Polytech Nice Sophia teams wish to engage in an active cooperation with all the partners whose objectives are the development of engineering training as well as for research and development actions finalized in their fields of expertise.


ATCOGENCreated in 2009 under the N ° de Quittance: 2621 of 22/12/2009 published in Jort N ° 57 of May 12, 2011, chaired by Mr Larbi Ben Tili whose objective is the Support to decentralization, Encourage local initiatives for the sustainable development of the city, To present a space of exchange of good experiences between the communes on the international scale, of the business meetings, To encourage the cities to the partnerships with the actors of the civil society and the international cooperation, Founder of the event « MEGARA CHALLENGE TUNISIA », Network MEGARA CHALLENGE more than 120 partner municipalities and 85 experts, Allow the communes to take note of the novelties through the exhibition of the local and international companies, To provide the municipalities with a space of information and exchange through a cycle of conference debates.

What is the MEGARA CHALLENGE event about?

  • Open City
    Administrative Transparency, Open Data
  • Digital Inclusion
    Citizen Engagement, Civic Participation, Bridging Digital Divide
  • Innovative Smart City
    Innovations using ICTs in Urban Development in Security, Disaster, Transport, Waste, Environment, Energy, Welfare, and Culture.
  • Sustainable City
    Addressing Sustainable Development Goals, Impact on Sustainability.
  • e-Government Service
    Quality, Effectiveness of Public Services.
  • Cooperative City
    Internal/ External Integration of City, Whole-of-Government Approach, City-to-City, Inter-Departmental Relationships, Central vs Local, etc.


1 Avenue La Liberté Municipalité La Marsa (ATCOGEN)

Phone : (00216) 90 375 110

Fax : (00216) 71 729 710

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Central University of Tunisia


Central University is the largest private university in Tunisia and in the Maghreb region with some

7 000 students divided between university studies and professional training in the fields of health, engineering, law, management, journalism and communication.

Pioneer, and resolutely directed to the international, Central University has joined “Honoris United Universities”, the first pan-African private higher education network with international standards, gathering more than 27 000 students across 9 countries and 30 cities.

Euro-Mediterranean Information System on Know-How in the Water Sector

The Euro-Mediterranean Information System on Know-How in the Water Sector – EMWIS – was initiated at ministerial level as part of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership in 1996. Founded on the basis of a network of National Focal Points, EMWIS works primarily with the water and environment ministries in the member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean. It is a consultative and support body for the Water and Environment division of the Union for the Mediterranean’s secretariat, based in Barcelona. The overall objective of EMWIS is to improve cooperation between the Euro-Mediterranean countries by promoting the exchange of information and skills. Its Technical Unit (EMWIS-TU), based in Sophia Antipolis for over ten years, plays an essential role in knowledge management and sharing in partnership with the countries and international institutions. It also provides its support to actors in Mediterranean countries in developing and conducting cooperative projects, implementing local actions, experience sharing and technology transfer. EMWIS-TU has managed several major projects supported by the European Commission (of the order of €3 million) and has considerable skills and technical resources. EMWIS-TU manages a benchmark web portal for the Euro-Mediterranean area (, an electronic newsletter distributed to nearly 30000 recipients, a water thesaurus available in seven languages, an institutional directory, a database of cooperative projects etc. The trilingual portal (Arabic, English and French) receives over 60,000 hits a month. EMWIS-TU provides technical coordination for the Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform, an action accredited by the 41 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean and recognised as a Mediterranean solution for adaptation to climate change at recent MedCOPs (Marseille in 2015 and Tangier in 2016).


  • Is a partner of the European Environment Agency for the implementation of the Shared Environment Information System (SEIS) in the European Neighbourhood Policy countries.
  • Is a member of the research and monitoring subgroup of the Horizon 2020 Initiative to reduce pollution in the Mediterranean Sea, which covers indicators and data collection.
  • Takes part in many research and innovation projects (H2020) and joint research projects (PRIMA: Agriculture and Water in the Mediterranean), IEV-CT-Med, LIFE


Directeur de l’Unité Technique du SEMIDE
06901 Sophia Antipolis

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ANIMA Investment Network

ANIMA Investment Network is a multi-country cooperation platform for economic development in the Mediterranean. The ANIMA network includes national and regional investment promotion agencies, international organisations, business federations, innovation clusters, financial investors and research institutes from the region. It is operated from Marseille (France) and is chaired by Khalil Laabidi, General Manager, FIPA Tunisia. ANIMA’s objective is to contribute to the continued improvement of the Mediterranean business climate, as well as encourage shared and sustainable economic development for the region. ANIMA Investment Network aims to promote the economies of the Mediterranean countries and to encourage networking and cooperation between economic actors from European and Mediterranean countries. To achieve this, ANIMA provides a panel of activities for companies, public and private-sector agencies, international organisations and business support structures that wish to operate in the Mediterranean area.


ANIMA’s economic intelligence work responds to two key needs:

  • The need to monitor certain targeted countries and industrial sectors around the Mediterranean actively and selectively (continuous economic intelligence based on over 150 selected sources).
  • The need to identify the key players and business, investment and partnership opportunities.


ANIMA introduces companies to investors, strategic partners and business development or financing support structures. The network offers:

  • A web platform for businesses and clusters to develop partnerships;
  • Business meetings;
  • Coaching sessions for entrepreneurs;
  • A calendar of business events in the Mediterranean.

Cooperation and project development

ANIMA also delivers expert experience within some of the region’s cooperation projects, either directly or via its network in Europe and the Mediterranean. The association works with its members and partners to build projects and coordinate a number of pilot initiatives. It offers the following services:

  • Identifying best practice and sharing experience between economic development actors;
  • Supporting project development (seeking partners and finance);
  • Project coordination;
  • Mobilisation of expertise.


ANIMA Investment Network
11 bis rue St-Ferréol
13001 Marseille

Tel : +33 (0)4 96 11 67 60

Fax : +33 (0)4 96 11 67 61

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Plan Bleu

Plan Bleu is one of six regional activity centres* of the 6Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) within the United Nations Environment Programme. Its role is to help raise awareness among stakeholders and Mediterranean decision-makers of the problems associated with the environment and sustainable development in the region by providing scenarios for the future in order to inform their decision-making. In this context, adaptation to climate change has become a key analysis priority for Plan Bleu. Under its dual role as an environmental and sustainable development observatory and a systemic analysis and forecasting centre, Plan Bleu’s mission is to provide the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean) with assessments, studies, data, statistics and indicators relating to the environment and sustainable development in the Mediterranean, supporting their actions and decision-making processes. For example, Plan Bleu will coordinate the preparation of the next report on the state of the Mediterranean environment on behalf of the MAP (2019) and work actively to implement the new Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development. Finally, its activities also include developing and coordinating networks of experts in Mediterranean countries and supporting capacity building, particularly by organising workshops and seminars. * The other centres are CAR-PAP in Croatia, CAR-ASP in Tunisia, REMPEC in Malta, SCP-RAC in Spain and INFO-RAC in Italy.


Plan Bleu (head office)
15, rue Beethoven
Sophia Antipolis (Accès 3)
06560 Valbonne

Tel : (+33) (0)4 92 38 71 30

Fax : (+33) (0)4 92 38 71 31

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Plan Bleu (établissement de Marseille)
Villa Valmer
271 Corniche Kennedy
13007 Marseille

Office International de l’Eau

The Office International de l’Eau (International Water Office, OIEau) is a recognised public-utility association under French law whose mission is to develop the skills for better water management in France, Europe and worldwide.

Through bilateral or multilateral projects to support governments, local water agencies, local authorities and public- or private-sector companies, OIEau provides institutional and technical support for administrative reforms in the field of waster, focusing particularly on:

  • integrated water resource management, the introduction of watershed-based management and the application of European directives,
  • the management of water data, with support for the implementation of water information systems at all levels, from local to international,
  • the improvement of public service performance and strengthening of skills.

In the Mediterranean, in the field of drinking water, sanitation, rainwater and waste management, which are increasingly the responsibility of local authorities, OIEau intervenes:

  • to support the organisation and performance improvement of services, acting equally on the aspects of technical management, finance, sales and human resources management,
  • in the development of staff skills at all levels (elected representatives, directors, engineers, administrative staff, field staff etc.) through operationally-focused training that can be provided at our Sophia Antipolis site in the Alpes Maritimes department, at our professional training centre in Limousin ( or directly in the countries requesting it,
  • in the development of cooperation between local authorities around the Mediterranean, by identifying or initiating projects responding to funding bodies’ various programmes.


Office International de l’Eau
Direction de la Coopération internationale
Sophia Antipolis
Tel : + 33 4 92 94 58 00

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MedCities: Mediterranean Cities Network

MedCities is a network of 44 cities around the Mediterranean basin.

Who can join the network ?

Local authorities in countries located around the Mediterranean coast, or in Portugal or Jordan, the carry out or promote activities aligned with the network’s objectives.

The network’s objectives

  • To reinforce the role, competences and resources (institutional, financial and technical) of Mediterranean local administrations in the adoption and implementation of sustainable local development policies.
  • To launch and develop policies for direct cooperation and partnership between members and with other cities and organisations.
  • To develop an awareness of interdependence and common responsibility with regard to policies of sustainable development, environmental conservation and social cohesion in Mediterranean cities.
  • To develop citizens’ awareness and involvement in the sustainable development of their towns and cities.

The network’s activities

  • Promoting the preparation of “Urban Development Strategies”.
  • Technical support for the implementation of projects and strategies.
  • Training and skills development for elected representatives and municipal staff.
  • Exploring funding possibilities for members.
  • Promoting bilateral and multilateral cooperation projects.
  • Promoting knowledge transfer between cities.
  • Arguing for the role of local authorities in the Mediterranean region.
  • Representing the interests of Mediterranean local authorities in international discussions.
  • Contributing to the definition of EU programmes and policies with regard to Mediterranean cities.

Network decentralisation

General Secretariat – Barcelona
The Barcelona metropolitan area houses the network’s General Secretariat.
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CTC – Al Fayhaa
The Middle East office is based in the Al Fayhaa urban community.
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CTC – Sfax
The North Africa office is based in Sfax.
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CTC – Malaga
The urban methodological innovation and project possibilities office is based at the CIEDES Foundation.
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General Secretariat of MedCities
Metropolitan Area deBarcelonac/62, num 16-1808040 Barcelona

Institut de la Méditerranée


The overall objective of the Institut de la Méditerranée (Mediterranean Institute, IM), founded in 1994 by the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region, the Bouches-du-Rhône departmental council, the city of Marseille and the Marseille-Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is to offer an instrument for analysis, expertise and project creation in the broad Euro-Mediterranean region for the partners of its Board of Directors. Through its projects and initiatives, the IM helps to establish itself as a vital partner for the system of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.

The influence function

The influence function is organised around:

  • an economic centre focusing primarily on the countries of the Southern Mediterranean, principally involving the FEMISE programme. The goal here is to reinforce IM partners’ capacities for analysis and action in the broad Mediterranean region. Most of the activities planned within this framework are financed by the European Commission. Between 1998 and 2005, and then until 2013, the Commission entrusted to the IM the coordination of the FEMISE association, of which the IM is treasurer, together with contract management, studies and the strategic proposals to be considered to define the European Commission’s economic policy for the Mediterranean. A new call for tenders was issued by the EC for 2015-2018, which FEMISE again secured.
  • other actions and studies conducted in partnership with the World Bank centre in Marseille (CMI), the EIB and the AFD (the French Development Agency), including in the fields of employment and the social and solidarity economy.
  • a territorial strategy centre for the Mediterranean area in order to shed light on the regional issues (transport, metropolisation, innovation, environment) that contribute to the competitiveness and cohesion of the Mediterranean space.

The IM benefits from the legitimacy that is essential in order to influence the national and European decision-makers responsible for the policies that affect the Mediterranean region as a whole and relations between Europe and the Mediterranean countries.

Recent activities

The project function supports the Mediterranean strategies put in place by the founder members. This involves projects conducted at the request of IM members in the context of their Mediterranean policy, either supported or managed by the IM. Notable examples:

  • Under Luxembourg’s presidency of the EU, the country’s Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy asked the IM to prepare a strategy document for a draft initiative on professional training in North Africa. The draft was accepted at a meeting of employment and training ministers (of the 27 EU countries plus three from North Africa) under Luxembourg’s presidency of the Council of the European Union (Luxembourg, 3 July 16). A second phase of the initiative saw agreement to launch a study in the form of a research report on the subject of youth employment through professional training in the Mediterranean.
  • The CMI (World Bank) commissioned an IM study on the theme “Programme for the knowledge economy in Tunisia for the years 2015-2020”. The study, completed in 2015, proposed a strategy (2015-2020) to make the knowledge economy the heart of a programme targeting a model of renewed growth.
  • The IM, as joint coordinator with IM Tunis, completed a study on the Reconstruction of the Tunisian Economy in 2015, financed by the French treasury.
  • In terms of events, the IM and the Cercle des Economistes organised the 11th RV de la Méditerranée at the Villa Méditerranée on Saturday 7 November 2015. This year, the conference concerned the initiative by Luxembourg, holder of the European Union presidency, to promote reinforced European cooperation with the countries of North Africa (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia) with regard to professional training and entrepreneurship.


Constantin TSAKAS
Délégué Général de l’IM / Secrétaire Général du FEMISE
2 rue Henri Barbusse,
13001, Marseille,

Tel : +33 4 91315195

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Energy Cities

Energy Cities is the European Association of local authorities in energy transition. For nearly 30 years – and now representing over 1,000 cities and member networks in 30 countries – the network has defended a democratic, decentralised energy transition conducted by the local and regional level of government.

The network’s main objectives:

  • To promote experiments deserving attention conducted by cities: publications, best online practice etc.
  • To facilitate and support exchanges between players committed to a low-carbon future: debates, study tours, webinars etc.
  • To create and participate in alliances to represent the interests of local government and influence the policies and proposals of European Union institutions in the areas of energy and climate: Coalition for Energy Savings etc.
  • To inform the political debate in Europe for energy produced and consumed in a decentralised way: publishing political opinions, meeting decision-makers in European institutions, media presence etc.

These are all mechanisms used by Energy Cities to ensure that the energy transition is accompanied by social, environmental and economic benefits for all. Energy Cities is also heavily involved in the Covenant of Mayors, and has been a co-leader since the initiative was launched in 2009.

Proposals for the energy transition in local areas

Energy Cities has developed a series of proposals to accelerate the energy transition in European cities. These proposals are based on innovative approaches and new, practical, on-the-ground ideas that change things completely. They offer concrete responses and link action today with a long-term vision of low-energy cities with high quality of life for all.  Find out more

A sharper 3D vision of our energy future

Energy Cities’ 3D political vision offers a wide-angle, high-precision view of our energy future. Three components will enable this change:

  • Divestment,
  • Decentralisation,
  • Democratisation.


Energy Cities is currently presided by the German city of Heidelberg and the Board of Directors consists of eleven European cities in eleven countries.

Twitter et Facebook : @energycities

Contact Bruxelles : + 33 (0)2 400 1000