BARI – The Conference organised in Bari by the Mediterranean Service as part of the MED Transnational Programme of Cooperation was imbued with one spirit: to plan for tomorrow with the highest degree of urgency and in the light of experience being gained through the 2007-2013 Planning.
”Although the Objective 3 Programmes for local-level cooperation during 2007-2013 have only just been activated, we are now in a fast-moving and hectic situation which forces us to think about planning for the day after tomorrow”.
So said Silvia Godelli, Apulia Region Councillor for Culture, Tourism and Mediterranean Affairs, in opening the conference on ‘Local-level Cooperation in the Mediterranean Basin: Strategic Projects and Signposting the New Post-2013 Programme’. The event was organised in Bari by the Apulia Region’s Mediterranean Service in collaboration with Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development (DPS) and the Tuscany and Campania regions as part of the MED 2007-2013 Transnational Programme of Cooperation. In laying out the main themes which the meeting went on to elaborate, the Councillor stressed the importance of strategic planning as an ”axis of development for processes of integration,” within the framework of the EU’s new policy of cohesion. She defined it as the ”dominant ratio” for the future planning period 2014-2020; alongside the theme of the macro-regions, this is ”of the greatest importance, as it introduces elements of development into an incremental process and corresponds to a robust increase in policies of cohesion that have been proposed by Europe: it is a choice that will change the face of European regional policies”.
The two themes were developed over two sessions. The first of was coordinated by Bernardo Notarangelo, head of the Mediterranean Service, who stressed the word ‘strategic’ in order to define ”a new way of planning beginning with shared objectives which have been identified via a systematic and integrated approach. On the subject of renewable energy sources, this draws its inspiration from the first strategic project which is getting under way in the Adriatic area and which sees the Apulia region in the front line”. The exchange of ideas and of experience was fuelled by contributions from representatives of bodies of Programme Management for Transnational Cooperation currently under way in the Mediterranean basin. These included: MED (Carmela Cotrone and Gianluca Ferreri), CBC IPA Adriatico (Giovanna Andreola), CBC ENPI MED (Anna Catte), CBC Italy-France Maritime (Maria Dina Tozzi), CBC Italy Tunisia (Antonio Piceno).
During the second session, the subject was strategy at the macro-regional level, under the coordination of Rossella Rusca, an executive with the Ministry of Economic Development’s Department of Development Policies: ”This event, which has arisen as part of the MED Programme, represents an important stage of sharing and dialogue between the various parties in order to kick-start an evaluation of projects, and not just of the programmes; it is also a consideration of the concept of what is a macro-regional strategy and so of what is a macro-region, to be understood as a European instrument for local-level cohesion”. Contributions for this session came from: David Sweet for the Baltic macro-region (DG Regional Policy), Margarita Jancic for the Danube macro-region (Slovenian Ministry of the Environment and Territorial Planning/Department of International Relations); Marco Rusconi for the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region (Ministry of Foreign Affairs /DG European Integration); Andrea Stocchiero (CESPI) and Jean-Claude Tourret (Istitute for the Mediterranean) for the Mediterranean area.
Source: Vecchio sito IPA