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Institut de la Méditerranée


ins_med_logoThe general objective of the Med Institute is to provide to the members of its board (municipality of Marseilles, General Council of the Bouches-du-Rhône department, Regional Council of the PACA region, chamber of commerce, Caisse d'Épargne Bank) with an analyse and expertise tool as well as a support plateform to develop projects in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Through its various activities, the Med Institute has become a major partner of the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation. Its activities and projects address two majors needs of its partners: gaining influence within the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation on the one hand and identifying and implementing cooperation projects, on the other hand.

In order to help its partners gaining influence in the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation policies, two different kind of activities are being implemented by the Med Institute :

  • Studies and surveys on the economic transition of Mediterranean Southern and Eastern countries, particularly within the Euro-Mediterranean Forum of Economic Institute (FEMISE). The EU funded (DG Relex) FEMISE mainly aims at enhancing the research and action capacities of the Med Institute partners in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
  • Expertise on territory policies and strategies within the Euro-Mediterranean region (Northern and Southern shore) highlighting the territorial issues (transport, metropolisation, environment) that contribute to the sustainability, competitiveness and cohesion of the Euro-Mediterranean region. Implemented activities and projects in this perspective are mainly funded through European Structural Funds.

The Med Institute is also instrumental in the identification, preparation and implementation of cooperation projects involving its partners. The "project" activities is complementary to the "influence" activities since they both contribute to the general mission of the Institute that is promoting the role of its partners within the Euro-Mediterranean policies.

The Institute also provided support to the creation of the Mediterranean Commission of the United Cities and Local Government (UCGL). Among the earliest activities implemented by the newly funded commission is the organisation of the Mediterranean Local and Regional Authorities regular Forum that took place in Marseilles on 21st and 22nd June 2008 in Marseilles. In order to provide expertise on Mediterranean development and cooperation to the organisation of the Forum, a Scientific Committee was established and chaired by the Med Institute. The activities of the Scientific Committee led to the publication of a prospective report on the role of local and regional actors in Mediterranean cooperation.

The Med Institute contributed in 2006 to the creation of the Mediterranean Institute Network (RIM) focused on the issue of the governance of Mediterranean territorial issue.


Contact Details

Institut de la Méditerranée,

58, avenue Charles Livon 13007 Marseille,

Tél : 04 91 31 51 95 / Fax : 04 91 31 50 38 / www.ins-med.org


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