A mid-term evaluation of the H2020 CB/MEP (2009-2014) has just been launched and is expected to be completed by mid-September 2013.
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 (see chart) 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.
Four national H2020 trainings, one study visit and a sub-regional workshop have taken place already, while another eight activities will be organised till June 2013. Trainees from the ten participating countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, [Syria] and Tunisia) are joined by colleagues from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Turkey in the sub-regional and regional events of this new phase.
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.
Four country missions were organized by MeHSIP-PPIF to get first hand information on the state of play of the Horizon 2020 investment projects with secured financing. The missions took place in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia and are part of the validation exercise undertaken in close coordination with the European Commission, the Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat, the European Investment Bank, UNEP/MAP and the SWIM project. Similar missions to Morocco, Israel and Palestine will be conducted during the next quarter.
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.
The first quarter of 2013 has seen the completion of all four feasibility studies of the MeHSIP-PPIF priority projects. The way is now open for the EIB to move swiftly with the implementation of the appraisal procedures for the four projects. This next step is expected to be completed before the end of 2013.
Horizon 2020, in support of the Tunisian Ministry of Environment’s efforts to develop and implement a National Pact for Sustainable Development with Tunisian companies, “locomotives” of the economy, organized a workshop in Tunis, on 5-6 December 2012, which focused on the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).