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“Together with our partners, across the Mediterranean we all face the same issues regarding refugees, or about the unemployment rate of low skilled, poorly educated people. We all have common problems and we are in search of common best practices, to be adapted to our conditions.”

Imad Ibrik, Project Coordinator, An-Najah National University (Palestine)

The EU Green Deal upheld locally by MED partners

Reducing emissions, developing energy efficient buildings, moving towards a greener, carbon-free environment. Yes, limiting temperature increase is possible. Two ENI CBC projects – implemented within the framework of the ENI CBC Med programme – were showcased this year at the UN climate change conference COP26, highlighting their contribution towards a resilient, climate neutral future. Their achievements were shared with the audience at the EU digital side event, held during the UN conference on 9 November. It was the occasion to find out what Europe and its southern neighbours are doing for climate resilience and green recovery. Contributing to the race to limit temperature increase to 1.5ºC.

From fossil to wood-based plastic

From fossil to bio-based plastic to reduce carbon dioxide emission, ensure sustainable sources and increase recycling. This change is crucial for ending plastic waste and heading towards circular economy. It is a joint effort – regardless of borders and ideologies – where every single action counts. The BioStyrene project, funded by the Estonia-Russia CBC programme, has its own innovative recipe for contributing to the global fight against fossil-based plastics…  

Boosting heritage potential to create culture

“The touristic potential of our region is far greater than the flow of tourists that comes to us. We keep losing opportunities because the region has an underdeveloped tourist infrastructure.” 

Krzysztof Michalski, representative of the lead beneficiary (Poland)

Enhancing traditions to revitalize tourism in lower Danube

The paradox is that tourists come to see the Danube Delta, but do not see the local culture. We want to create a cultural hub and keep tourists longer. The infrastructure we are creating will continue to be used for fairs, festivals and workshops in our region.

Leonid Artamon, Consilier, Serviciul de Accesare Fonduri Externe Consiliul Judetean Tulcea (Romania)

Facts, stories, figures behind the People-to-People cooperation

It’s work for human development: over 620 organisations from 27 countries are working together across external European borders, implementing joint activities for a total of 290 people-to-people (P2P) projects. This is what we are presenting to you: a thematic publication portraying samples of this outstanding work, implemented within the framework of the ENI CBC programmes. “Our programme stands out from other regional initiatives as it supports human and community development at cross-border level – says Hiba Fawaz, Lebanese partner of the RESMYLE project (MSB) – It provides an opportunity to bring together partners with different backgrounds and experiences, that do not usually work together in the framework of national programmes.”

Celebrating 10 years of cooperation at EU external borders

Trekking, cycling, running, painting, communicating, photo orienteering – no matter what we do, as long as we do it TOGETHER. For the past 10 years this has been the underlying idea of the European Cooperation Day: this year over 40 in-person, online and hybrid events were organised by ENI CBC programmes to show to the citizens on both sides of the EU external borders how many positives things can come out when they are done together.

Breaking barriers in children rehabilitation

A holistic approach and an early intervention can change a child’s future. Children with psychomotor disorders, psychiatric or behavioural issues often show a complex of symptoms that need to be addressed as soon as possible and from different points of view. However, it is not easy. Parents are afraid of the diagnosis; they do not recognise some of the symptoms as relevant or they get lost in the vast amount of information. As a result, these children are often left out of the system and then it may be too late. That’s what the BREAK project is changing in the Lithuania-Russia cross-border region: breaking the barriers in children rehabilitation, creating a safe place where they can be orienteered and treated from different perspectives, where they benefit from early diagnosis and intervention. In a word, trying to offer them a better future.

Keep deadwood in forests: it’s friend of biodiversity and resilience

Deadwood may seem damp, sterile, an unhygienic source of infection, something to be removed. However, the reality could not be more different. Decaying wood logs, dead and old trees host multiple microorganisms, they help the forest to better resist diseases, they increase its resilience to climate change. They also capture carbon emissions and conserve biodiversity. For these reasons, keeping the deadwood in the forest can bring multiple benefits. The RESFOR project, an initiative co-funded by the Romania-Ukraine ENI CBC programme, is raising knowledge and promoting good practices in “deadwood management”. A novel concept, very little explored in the forestry sector of the cross-border region, but yet very important for the resilience of the forests, some of which represent one of the last old-growth forest reserves in Europe, and have been included as such in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

ENI CBC Programmes

A total of 16 programmes will be implemented under ENI CBC. They cover 12 land borders, one sea crossing and three sea basins, stretching from Finland and Russia in the north, to countries like Hungary and the Ukraine in the east, and Italy, Northern Africa and the Middle East in the south.
Here you will find news and information on each programme, including the programme strategy and participating countries.

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