"MADE in MED - Crafting the future Mediterranean" Event in Rome, IT.

The event “MADE in MED – Crafting the future Mediterranean” was held in Rome, Italy on April 18-19, 2018, to present the first results of 90 INTERREG MED projects through a conference and an exhibition. The event provided an opportunity to its more than 800 participants to promote synergies between projects and encourage knowledge sharing and innovation, looking towards the future of cooperation in the Mediterranean. The event was organized by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Italy, holding the 2018 presi-dency of the Interreg MED Programme 2014-2020 Programme, the Italian Agency for the Territorial Cohesion and the Region of Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur of France, Managing Authority of the Programme. The event carried out a mid-term review of the programme, which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and involves thirteen North Mediterranean shore countries. 

The event was articulated around three transversal themes: climate change, blue economy and inclusive growth, outlining the projects' achievements. The projects illustrated how they contribute to these three major challenges: partners, public authorities and experts engaged in debate to see how they can have a positive impact on them. Throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to discover the exhibition or Lab Area: Tasting and testing MED, where the display of projects’ results was presented in a concrete, visual form.

After a first day dedicated to discovering and experiencing the projects’ achievements, the second day focused on the Interreg MED vision and the post-2020 perspective. The future of cooperation in the region was discussed on a political level, first with PANORAMED, the programme’s governance project, then with national and European high-level officials and decision-makers. A networking cocktail gave participants the chance to connect with each other but also to discover our exhibition.The MED Green Growth community gathered together for a community building event on the 17th of April, just before the Interreg Made in MED event on the 18-19th of April in Rome. Up to 8 new projects have joined the INTERREG MED Green Growth community in 2018, leading to 14 projects in total that tackle a diversity of topics, from sustainable agriculture, green manufacturing and waste management, to smart cities and green finance.

The community building event was dedicated to getting to know the eight new projects of the MED Green Growth community and learning from the experiences of the previous ones with flash presentations, B2B meetings and thematic working groups. Moreover, various green growth policies were analyzed and the potential contribution of the different projects to the key pillars of the European resource policies, such as the Circular economy package, was discussed in order to build a common capitalization approach of the community.


You can check out the invitation as well as the agenda of the event, HERE.