The Italian National Hub supported WestMED Central Team to ensure a qualified and numerous presence at the WestMED Hackatons, in Palermo on 14 May, contributing to the success of the initiative. As rapporteurs together with relevant moderators, the Italian National Hub also coordinated the networking tables for Sustainable Coastal and Maritime Tourism and for Clean Transport.
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The Italian National Hub took the occasion of the first edition of the Croatian Conference on Blue Growth, held under the patronage of European Commission DG MARE on the 6-8 June in Rijeka – Croatia, to present the WestMED Initiative, to establish a strategic partnership between SEAFUTURE and ADRIA4BLUE, and to join some important seminars on the role of Maritime Clusters, and on Clean Transport and Alternative Fuels.
The Italian National Hub in co-operation with the Maltese National Hub and the WestMED Central Team, supported interested stakeholders to gather in a partnership among Maritime Clusters. In July 2019, they backed the submission of a proposal to an ENI-CBC project MED-CLASS-BEST, leaded by Italian CENTRO DI COMPETENZA DISTRETTUALE SOCIETA’ CONSORTILE A R.L., joined by partners from Tunisia, France, Spain, Malta, Jordan, Egypt, Italy.
Within the framework of the 5th edition of Small Scale LNG Use, Euro-Mediterranean Conference & Expo in Naples, the Italian National Hub presented the WestMED Initiative and the Assistance Mechanism, describing also project ideas relevant to LNG bunkering, emerged since Algiers Stakeholders Conference in Dec 2018, developed till the Hackathons in Palermo and the possible subsequent steps.
On 17 May at EXCO 2019, the Italian Expo of International Co-operation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) and Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) organised a common workshop on Blue Economy to develop stronger cooperation in the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean.
The aim of these roundtables has been to create an occasion for Italian stakeholders to know each other, exchange areas of interest, experiences and skills, projects submitted and in pipeline. In fact through a better reciprocal knowledge, they will reduce cases of overlapping projects submitted for the same call and funding programme, instead increase integration among project ideas and improve their quality, strengthen partnerships, better distribute areas of specialization and development at national level, clearer definition of stakeholders’ roles as project leaders and partners, also considering the relevant financial capacities, to better express their views in the proper functioning of the funding programme, the call, etc.
On Monday 25 February the kick-off meeting with the WestMED Italian National Hub was held in Rome, at the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hosted by the WestMED National Coordinators for Italy, notably the Department of Cohesion within the Italian Presidency of Ministers and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the meeting gathered about 40 organisations amongst Regional Authorities, National Ministries […]
Within the framework of INTERREG IT-FR Marittimo/Maritime, a first and a second session Living Lab have been co-organized in Florence and La Spezia on 22 March, to allow capitalization among stakeholders which are already involved in projects focused on “Sustainable Tourism” and “Conservation, protection and development of natural and cultural resources”.