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Good results of the Horizon 2020 Capacity Building component are reported by the Mid-term assessment of the Mediterranean Environment Programme

on 07 March 2014.

The Mid-Term Evaluation of the EU funded H2020 Capacity Building/ Mediterranean Environment Programme (ENPI/2009/220-191) undertaken by an external evaluator (IBF International Consulting) in order to assess the results, impact and outcomes of the service contract led by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, aiming at conducting a comprehensive training programme for beneficiaries from the ENP South countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya since 2012, Morocco, Palestine, Syria until 2011, and Tunisia), Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro) and Turkey. The programme covers the Southern Mediterranean countries between 2010 and 2014 and the Western Balkans and Turkey from 2010 to 2012. The assignment started on 01 April 2013 and continued until September 2013. The final report (http://www.h2020.net/en/resources/h2020-mid-term-review-documents.html) summarises the results of the evaluation. The project was found to have delivered good results according to all evaluation criteria. Relevance was excellent, all other aspects good.

The methodology followed was based on a set of evaluation questions which are systematically covering the OECD DAC evaluation criteria based on:

• relevance
• effectiveness
• efficiency
• impact
• sustainability

Literature review, internet research and interviews were used for obtaining the necessary data, opinions and information in the context of the mid-term review. 102 people from 7 beneficiary countries, consisting of training participants, representatives of the implementing consortium, the programming institutions and stakeholders were interviewed. Although the programme was evaluated rather positively, some recommendations have been included in the report in order to improve its impact and sustainability in the second phase. These recommendations also concern relevance, effectiveness and efficiency, since an improvement of these aspects also leads to a better outreach, higher impact and better sustainability.