"Territorial cooperation in the Mediterranean basin: strategic projects and directions of the new programming post 2013" is the title of the conference organised in Bari on June 17 by the Mediterranean Service of the Apulia Region in collaboration with the Ministry for Economic Development (Department of Development Policies) and the Tuscany and Campania Regions. Nichi Vendola, President of the Apulia Region, will open the conference together with Silvia Godelli, councillor for the Mediterranean, Tourism and Culture.
There are two sessions planned: the first focuses on the issue "Strategic projects in the Mediterranean area – a comparison of experiences underway", coordinated by Bernardo Notarangelo, director of the Mediterranean Service.
The second focuses on "macroregional strategies", coordinated by Rossella Rusca, director at the Ministry for Economic Development – Department of Development Policies."Strategic projects" represent the new type of operations developed during the 2007-2013 programming on the basis of the desire that has been repeated by Member States and the Commission to concentrate efforts and resources on objectives that are shared, significant and capable of producing lasting effects in territories that are subject to Cooperation Programmes. Italy has shown itself to be very receptive to this direction, making itself a promoter of strategic projects that are largely projects in which the country participates, both cross-border and transnational. These include cooperation programmes that regard the area of the Mediterranean: it is thus interesting to promote a comparison between the different methods and experiences conducted in the implementation of the programmes, each of which have tried to interpret the generic concept of "strategic project" according to the necessities and specific aims of the cooperation area. The conference, which is part of the MED Transnational Programme 2007-2013, aims to compare the issues and experiences of strategic planning promoted in the Mediterranean area, finding convergences and complementarities, strengths and critical situations, with the aim of starting a first comparison that facilitates the identification of synergies and strengthens the coordination and integration of the different experiences, the capitalisation of results, the spread of good practices, also as part of the future of the cohesion policy.
The aim is also to stimulate an informed reflection amongst players working in the Mediterranean regions on the new "macroregional" approach promoted by the EU. The implementation of European strategy for the macroregion of the Baltic Sea is in fact underway and a European strategy for the macroregion of the Danube is also being drawn up.
The development of this new approach also naturally involves the role of European territorial cooperation and in particular that of the Transnational Cooperation Programmes, which in fact offer a framework for reference and intervention that is suitable for the development of European macroregions
Source: Vecchio sito IPA