Rationalising Mediterranean Sea Ways: 

from Southern-Eastern to Northern-Western ports


On the occasion of the final conference of OPTIMED project, which took place last December in Barcelona, all the partners met on 19th December 2015 for the 5th and final Optimed project Steering Committee Meeting, organised in cooperation by the Chamber of Commerce of Beirut and Mount Lebanon, the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) and the lead partner Region Autonomous of Sardinia.

The meeting allowed the partners to discuss the key points to consider for carrying out evaluation activities, with particular regards to the specific goals of the evaluation process for Optimed project: to measure the project performance in terms of efficiency; to assess the actual impact of the project activities on the main target groups; to check the project results dissemination towards the other target groups. An overview of the reporting activities to undertake with the end of project activities was given, and highlighted the duties each partner is suppose to comply with for the final expenditure verification. With regards to the financial reporting it was highlighted the level of expenditure reached by each project partner.

The last steering committee provided all the partners with the opportunity to draw a picture of the possibilities to follow up Optimed project with actions oriented to implement the innovative network system which has been conceived in the two years of work. The possibilities encompass fund raising for the needed infrastructures, involving shipping companies to test the system, involving stakeholders in the evaluation of the advantages that could actually arise for the entire economic system with the implementation of Optimed system.

The meeting was concluded with the representatives of each partner taking the floor to summarise the opportunities arisen in the two years of project implementation for the respective involved body.

OPTIMED has a total budget of 1.9 million euro with an EU contribution of 90%, it is one of the 95 projects funded by the ENPI CBC MED 2007-2013, which under the leadership of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (the Joint Managing Authority of the program), aims to promote a process of harmonious and sustainable cooperation in the Mediterranean, facing common challenges and enhancing the endogenous potential of the area. This initiative is funded by the CBC multilateral European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) involving Cyprus, Egypt, France, Jordan, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Syria (participation currently suspended) and Tunisia.

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