The year that is now ending has been one of hard work, many challenges but also many achievements. With this Newsflash, Horizon 2020 leaves you with a taste of the latest developments under the Initiative and takes the opportunity to extend to each and everyone our warmest wishes for a peaceful and productive new year. See you soon in 2013!
The "Horizon 2020 Initiative" aims to de-pollute the Mediterranean by the year 2020 by tackling the sources of pollution that account for around 80% of the overall pollution of the Mediterranean Sea: municipal waste, urban waste water and industrial pollution.
To implement and monitor actions three working groups were created to address:
The H2020 Investment Component and the MeHSIP-PPIF
Significant progress has been made in advancing the four priority projects supported through the investment component of H2020 and MeHSIP-PPIF
The last few months have seen significant progress in advancing the four priority projects supported through the investment component of H2020 and MeHSIP-PPIF. The feasibility studies for the Al Ekaider (Jordan) and Lake Bizerte (Tunisia) projects have been completed allowing for pre-appraisal missions to be carried out by the EIB. The feasibility studies for the remaining two projects (Kafr El Sheikh in Egypt and Al Ghadir in Lebanon) are expected to be completed towards the end of 2012 allowing for their appraisal procedures to be launched in the first quarter of 2013. (Read more here)
A validation mechanism of H2020 projects with ‘financing secured’ is under way
During this period MeHSIP-PPIF has also prepared the TORs and a methodology to establish a ‘snapshot’ of the status (validation mechanism) of the 50 projects from the H2020 Project List that have ‘financing secured’. The elaboration of the methodology has been done in close coordination with the EIB, EC, UNEP/MAP and UfMS. (Read more here)
The H2020 Capacity Building Component and the CB/MEP
Over 1900 administrators, local authorities, professionals and NGO staff have been trained in the first three years of the H2020 Capacity Building component
More than 1900 professionals from ministries, local authorities, institutions, agencies, NGOs, industries, business organizations, chambers of commerce, universities and research institutes, as well as politicians and Members of Parliament, journalists, educators, etc. of 14 Mediterranean countries have been trained in one or more of the eighty five (85) Horizon 2020 capacity building activities that have taken place in the past three years. Around 300 trainers, experts and lecturers were mobilised in order to address the wide ranging topics of the activities. (Read more here)
Two more years of Capacity Building activities to continue under Horizon 2020
The Work Programme for the Horizon 2020 capacity building activities that will take place over the next two years (2013-2014) is under development and will be finalised in January 2013. For the time being Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, [Syria] and Tunisia are participating, while efforts are underway to also include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Turkey as soon as possible.
Around forty four (44) activities are expected to be delivered at regional, sub-regional and national level (including at least six study visits) focusing on Urban Waste Water, Municipal Solid Waste, Industrial Emissions and Environmental Integration. Very thorough consultations with the other Horizon 2020 components and projects are underway, as are efforts to complement, strengthen and streamline with the other relevant regional projects and processes, such as UNEP/MAP MEDPOL, SWIM-SM, the MedPartnership, etc.