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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