The 3rd Meeting of the H2020 Sub-Group on Capacity Building took place on the 18th of April 2012
Almost all partner countries and numerous stakeholders, participated in the 3rd Meeting of the H2020 Capacity Building Sub-Group There was an overall positive response from the countries and stakeholders with a demonstrated ownership of the capacity building and environmental integration activities and benefits gained. The main merits were identified to be: (a) the strong links with country/stakeholder demands and national priorities; (b) the practical/tangible approach followed in addressing short and medium term needs; (c) flexibility in adapting to emerging needs (programming, accepting additional trainees, etc.) and (d) commitment of countries/H2020 Focal Points and EU Delegations’ involvement.
Environmental integration and mainstreaming is by its nature a longer term objective and therefore, has, as expected, been a somewhat difficult process dominated by national political culture factors. Yet, already many positive results have been recorded in Lebanon, Tunisia, Israel, Croatia, Morocco and Palestine, which can be directly or indirectly linked to H2020 CB/MEP activities: trainings and study visits.
The H2020 Capacity Building component has obtained a very high level of synergy with all relevant EU, UfM and Med/regional actors, a process which could be further enhanced. The programme of CB activities also addresses in a reasonably balanced way all aspects of the Project Cycle (design, science, policy frameworks, stakeholder involvement, implementation, project sustainability, etc.).
Coming to the next 2-year phase of the project (2013-2014), if approved by the EC, it was agreed that there is no need for a new “inception phase”. Each country’s list of priorities will be re-visited with the involvement of the Focal Points, the European Commission, consortium members/experts, etc., in a transparent manner.
It is vital to maintain the very close coordination achieved so far at all levels: European Commission, Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader, Countries, Consortium members, etc.