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5th Horizon 2020 Steering Committee Meeting and side meetings: Reporting progress and proposing follow-up for de-polluting the Mediterranean by 2020

on 29 March 2012.

The focus will be on progress achieved in the Horizon 2020 components, namely investments for pollution reduction; monitoring, review and research; and capacity building, financed mainly by ENPI funded projects.

Replication and environmental mainstreaming will also be discussed on the basis of the collaborative efforts between the MedPartnership, SWIM-SM and H2020 CB/MEP. The state of play with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) will be outlined and perspectives for the future will be discussed. In addition, the progress and evaluation of UNEP/MAP’s National Action Plans to address land-based pollution will be presented.

Find here the preliminary agendas of the events.

Note to the editor: The Steering Committee is responsible for the implementation of the Horizon 2020 Initiative in which all EuroMediterranean countries jointly work towards de-polluting the Mediterranean by the year 2020. The focus of the Initiative is tackling municipal solid waste, urban waste water and industrial pollution that account for around 80% of the overall pollution of the Mediterranean Sea.

Horizon 2020 builds on existing institutions and results, filling gaps where it could bring added value. It operates within the existing and developing policy instruments, and supports the implementation of the commitments undertaken in the framework of the ENP as well as other regional agreements e.g. of the Barcelona Convention and UNEP’s Mediterranean Action Plan, while cooperating, coordinating and synergising with all relevant (EU and other) programmes.