Who we are

WestMED Initiative, also called WestMED Assistance Mechanism, is a project funded by the European Commission (CINEA and DG MARE) that aims to implement the Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the western Mediterranean

The website address is: https://www.westmed-initiative.eu.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


Our cookie policy is available at https://www.westmed-initiative.eu/cookie-policy/

Email addresses

We save your email when you subscribe to our newsletter. Our Data Protection Notice for receiving the WestMED newsletter is available at https://www.westmed-initiative.eu/data-protection-notice-newsletter/

Contact forms

When you contact via a contact form, we keep your data to reply and provide you the most adapted reply. We may keep your email address to invite to stakeholders conference or any other relevant events that we organise. 


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

Your data is not shared with third parties by the European Commission and the WestMED Assistance Mechanism.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

You can contact us at  communications@westmed-initiative.eu.